The role of the Employer

Apprenticeships provide an opportunity for employers to grow their own talent. The employer provides an apprentice with real-life work, supervision and guidance from expert workers and the support of a structured learning programme driven by the training provider.


Employers can select a training provider from the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers and agree a total price for the cost of training and assessment.

For an apprenticeship standard, this should include the cost of the end-point assessment which must be agreed with the provider selected from the Register of End Point Assessment Organisations.

As the employer you are required to:

  • Identify/recruit talent suitable for the apprenticeship vacancy
  • Have an apprenticeship agreement in place with each apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship
  • Have a commitment statement signed by the apprentice, their employer and the provider (this is required by the training provider during ESFA inspections to ensure funding)
  • Ensure the apprentice undertakes real, productive work which gives them opportunities to access, develop, practice, and evidence the knowledge and skills required to meet the standard
  • Allow the apprentice to attend external off-the-job training and assessments as part of their paid working hours
  • Take part in regular reviews with the apprentice and training provider to review the apprentice's progress
  • Liaise with the training provider and make the final choice of the end-point assessment organisation (EPAO)
  • Ensure that the apprenticeship lasts for a minimum of 12 months, and that the apprentice is employed for the full duration of their apprenticeship (including the time required for the end-point assessment)
  • Confirm, at the Gateway, that the apprentice is occupationally competent (according to the standard)