Recruiting apprentices

Apprenticeships are usually associated with younger people, but they can be for anyone of any age.

There's no limit to how many apprentices you can take on, as long as you are able to meet the requirements for all of them simultaneously.

Your apprentice doesn't have to be a new recruit: they can be recruited from your current staff as a way to upskill them into a role. Either way, you'll need to follow these steps.

Create the job specification and description

  • Determine the type of person you’re looking for and any knowledge and experience that would help candidates.
  • Write a job description that briefly outlines what the job entails and some wider information about your company.
  • Set clear objectives you want the apprenticeship to deliver for your business. This will help you shape your apprentice to meet your needs, creating a workforce for your future.

Identify a training provider

  • Use our Find a Training Provider service to research local training providers who are offering AAT Accounting Qualifications and registered as an End Point Assessment venue.
  • Share your job description with your chosen training provider.

Decide how much to pay

  • Apprentices aged 16–18 can be paid £3.50 per hour and up.
  • Once an apprentice is at least 19 years old and has completed their first year, they must be paid the national minimum wage.
  • When setting their salary, consider the type of work and level of study your apprentice will be expected to complete.

Register for the Apprenticeship Service

Advertise the vacancy

  • Work with your training provider to advertising the apprenticeship opportunity.
  • If you haven’t identified a training provider, you can advertise on the various apprenticeship job boards.

Interview the candidates

  • Try to make interviews as informal as possible. Remember this could be the candidate's first ever interview. Consider using junior staff during the process.
  • Focus your questions around getting the apprentice to talk about themselves and their passions, as it’s likely they’ll have very little work experience.

Create an Apprenticeship Agreement

  • Apprenticeship Agreements became legal requirements in April 2012.
  • It must outline the length of the apprenticeship, what the training the apprentice will receive, their working conditions and the qualifications they’re working towards.
  • Download an apprenticeship agreement template to get started.