Looking to take on an apprentice?

As an employer led training provider, we believed we do things just a little bit different from our competitors.

Working with over 150 engineering & manufacturing employers and 40+ schools in the West Yorkshire region, we believe the time and effort put in to align the employers expectation with the candidates is key to a successful outcome. Alternatively, you may already have the staff and looking for the right apprenticeship to develop their knowledge and skills.

As a not for profit, registered charity, Appris is governed by a membership of employers, whereby a subscription is required  for every year an apprentice remains in learning.

The following annual subscription fees apply to businesses that utilise our recruitment services for apprenticeships:

  • £50 for businesses up to 49 staff
  • £250 for businesses with 50 staff and above

The Appris team will help you identify the correct apprenticeship standard that meets the job role. Contact us to discuss how you can access a pool of over 300 screened, tested and interviewed candidates. Subscription fees are waived for employers who self-recruit or who already employ the potential apprentice. 

Apprenticeship Agreement Template

This document is a template provided by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to assist employers.

An apprenticeship agreement must be signed at the start of the apprenticeship. It is used to confirm individual employment arrangements between the apprentice and the employer.

Link to GOV.UK template >

Apprenticeship funding and your Apprenticeship Service (AS) account

From 1st November 2020, all employers are to use the AS account. This links the employer to the training provider.

Create a DAS account >

Employer Smart Assessor Login

Ensuring employers are kept up to date with the apprentices progression is key to supporting their development. Appris use Smart Apprenticeship as our eportfolio provider to track and evidence progression. Where you are the direct manager and have an overview of the apprentices, you can access the system below. If you do not have access, speak to the apprentice’s Training Advisor, who will help you set up the account and provide training on how to navigate the system.


End Point Assessment (EPA)

Every EPA differs, depending on the apprenticeship. This can include a practical observation or a project to demonstrate the apprentice’s skills, a paper or online test and a professional discussion to underpin their knowledge and understanding.

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Advice on Apprenticeship Salaries

The hourly rate for the minimum wage depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice.

More info >

What is Off the Job Training?

Before deciding to take on an apprentice, consider the support and commitment required to off the job training as part of an apprenticeship

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Off the Job Training Myths

The top five myths regarding off the job training of apprentices.

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