EPAA is proud to serve as a strategic partner of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), which is a government agency within the Department for Education.

Here at EPAA, we want to ensure all our members have the latest information on apprenticeships and the incentives for employing an apprentice.

Our partnership with the National Apprenticeship Service, aligns and supports our mission in championing, promoting and developing the EA/PA profession – not just for the present but long-term future too.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce they help to improve economic productivity. An apprenticeship is a real job with training. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role.

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships are suitable for both new employees as well as for existing staff. Even those who already hold a degree can benefit from accessing apprenticeship funding to gain new skills.

Business Benefits

Hiring apprentices is a productive and effective way for business to grow their own talent, by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Benefits that apprenticeships contribute towards include:

  • Improving productivity in the workplace
  • Increasing employee satisfaction
  • Reducing staff turnover
  • Reducing recruitment costs

The Employer guide to apprenticeships – gives employers the information on financial incentives and the benefits of recruiting apprentices into your business.

Employers looking to take on an apprentice can work with a training provider to post their apprenticeship vacancy online, FREE of charge and find the right candidate for the role on Recruit an apprentice.

There were 1,656,680 online apprenticeship applications in 2015 to 2016.

Employers can use Find apprenticeship training to search for apprenticeship training and find training providers who offer the apprenticeship training they choose.

Apprenticeship Standards

Employers are driving the development of the new apprenticeship standards. They are designed by employers, are short and simple, and replace the existing complex frameworks.

The new apprenticeship standards are available across a wide range of job roles in businesses of all sizes.  

The new apprenticeship standards describe the skills and knowledge that an individual requires to be fully competent in an occupation. They are written by employers in a language they understand. The standards are developed by employer groups known as ‘trailblazers’.  

For more information view a list of those ready for delivery and apprenticeship Standards ‘in development‘.

The Apprenticeship Levy

The vast majority of employers will not be eligible to pay the levy and these employers will continue to benefit from generous government support to pay for apprenticeship training.

The Apprenticeship Levy came into force on 6 April 2017, requiring all public and private sector employers with an annual pay bill of £3m or more to pay 0.5% of their paybill to invest in apprenticeship training. It is paid through PAYE on a monthly basis.

Apprenticeship funding: how it will work – information on apprenticeship funding, including the apprenticeship levy and the online apprenticeship service.

Pay Apprenticeship Levy – when you have to pay apprenticeship levy and how to report your payments.

Apprenticeship Levy Manual – this manual is a guide to the apprenticeship levy and published by HMRC.

Further Information

To find out more on becoming an apprenticeship employer, or if you simply have questions about how an apprenticeship works, funding eligibility or anything else relating to apprenticeships please complete the enquiry form or call our free, impartial Employer Support Team on  08000 150 600 ( Mon – Fri 8am – 6pm).

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