Modern Apprenticeships

Your business needs skilled people.

We've got the answer.

  • Get flexible, tailored training to meet your business needs 

  • Attract fresh talent and develop the workforce of the future 

  • Upskill your existing employees 

  • Improve your productivity, staff morale and quality of service 

  • Retain talent, reducing your recruitment costs 

Get started with Modern Apprenticeships

Whether you're hiring someone new, or up-skilling an existing employee, follow these steps to get your business involved in Modern Apprenticeships.


Funding your apprenticeship

You’ll pay their wages just like any other employee. We’ll contribute towards the costs of training. Use the contribution tables to see the level of funding we offer.

Funding support


Find an apprenticeship

There are over 80 Modern Apprenticeships from construction to digital media. Each framework tells you who the apprenticeship is suitable for and what’s involved.

Browse apprenticeships


Find a learning provider

Figured out which type of Modern Apprenticeship you want to offer? The next step is to find a provider who’ll deliver the training. 

Find a learning provider

Support for employers delivering apprenticeships

We want to encourage you to get involved in the development and delivery of your apprentice’s learning.

We've created guidance to help you deliver more successful apprenticeships and increase the benefit to your organisation.

Support for employers

Advertise your vacancy

Advertise your Modern Apprenticeship vacancies for free on our site. It’s quick and it's easy to do. We’ll post it on our vacancy pages and publish it on carefully selected partner sites including My World of Work. 

Advertise a vacancy

% of employers say those who completed an MA are better able to do their job


% of employers would recommend Modern Apprenticeships to their industry


% of employers say MAs improved their productivity


% of employers say MAs improved staff morale


Diversity is good for business

We want to ensure that apprenticeships are accessible. The benefit for you? A more diverse workforce is good for business. Plus, the funding contribution for disabled people and care experienced young people is at the highest level from ages 16 up to and including 29. 

Inclusive recruitment guides

Our short guides give you practical and often low-cost or free measures to source, attract and retain apprentices or employees you might have otherwise overlooked or failed to entice. We’ll offer tips on how you can widen your search for candidates and ensure your selection process is fair to all applicants.

Download the guides

More about apprenticeships

The apprenticeship family

Foundation Apprenticeships

Find out how to start shaping the next generation of talent and work closer with schools and colleges. 

Graduate Apprenticeships

Whether it's a new start to your business or an existing employee, a Graduate Apprenticeship is a great way to develop your workforce. An apprentice will work for you full time while working towards a degree level qualification. 

Third Sector Employers

Read the benefits Modern Apprenticeships bring to the third sector. There's a step by step guide on advertising vacancies and stories of success. 

Financial incentives and support

Adopt an Apprentice

If you can take on an apprentice who's been made redundant from another employer, there's a financial incentive for your business.

Access to Work

This publicly funded employment support programme aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It provides practical and financial support for individuals with a disability or long-term physical or mental health condition. 

The Apprenticeship Levy

Employers with a wage bill of more than £3 million now pay an apprenticeship levy. The levy is aimed at funding new apprenticeships across the UK. 

Get expert advice on apprenticeships

We can give you free, one-to-one support, tailored to your business. Contact our Employer Engagement Team for free advice and support to get you started with apprenticeships.

Get In Touch

Supporting apprentices affected by COVID-19  

COVID-19 has affected apprentices in many ways, including through redundancy. 

If you're an employer who supports Modern Apprentices, please keep in regular contact with your learning provider for advice on delivery and support.  

Your apprentices can get support and advice from our PACE team on 0800 917 8000. Our related sites, My World of Work and My World of Work Careers, have employment and redundancy support and information, which is also available from our local careers centres. 

 If you need advice on supporting your apprentices’ mental health, read our Mental Health at Work resource for employers for information and links to support organisations. 

Skills Development Scotland is delivering Modern Apprenticeships with support from European Social Fund.

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