An apprenticeship is a work-based training programme designed around the needs of both you and the apprentice. It is an industry-recognised qualification for anyone aged 16 and above, that is made up of a practical competency, on-the-job training and off-the-job learning. An apprenticeship is aimed at those who want to work and progress within the sector, as well as those who already work in the sector and want to formalise their knowledge, gain new skills and develop their careers.


Apprenticeships help to improve productivity and lead you to be more competitive. Training apprentices can also be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs. Apprentice starting wage is £3.50 per hour.

More than a quarter of businesses rate this form of vocational training higher than any other qualification.

Apprenticeships ensure that your workforce has the practical skills and qualifications your organisation needs now and in the future. The mixture of on and off job learning ensures they learn the skills that work best for your business. For more information relating to the 20% off the job requirement under an apprenticeship, please click here to access the Department of Education's policy and examples relating to Off the Job Training.

Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs providing the skilled workers you need for the future. They also help you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

An apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

Apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills and experience.

For more information on employing an apprentice, please click here to go to the Government guide. 

Please see our News and Events page for information relating to the apprenticeship levy and for an online tool to estimate levy payments. 

EMPLOYERS - If you have an existing apprentice with DART Training and would like a breakdown of how funding for your learner is made up, please contact the DART office.

Off The Job Training - Department of Education guide


Data Extracts from Employer Satisfaction survey 2015-2016 

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