Our employer’s document library is a handy resource for employers that currently offer or are considering offering an apprenticeship.

Navigating the world of apprenticeships as an employer can sometimes be a challenge, particularly if apprenticeships are new to your business but taking on an apprentice doesn’t need to be a complicated process. Employing an Apprentice are here to offer advice and support to employers for them to fulfil the programme requirements and prepare for the end-point assessment.

There are several government standards employers must meet when offering an apprenticeship. Our employer document library is dedicated to providing employers with access to all the relevant documentation associated with taking on an apprentice, to help make sure you meet the responsibilities required.

Before the start of the apprenticeship, there are two forms the employer is required to sign: an apprenticeship agreement and an apprenticeship commitment statement. These are legally binding documents that outline the expectations of both the employer, their apprentice and the training provider. These documents are required to ensure all parties fulfil their obligations.

Apprenticeship agreement

The compulsory completion of an apprenticeship agreement must take place before the start of the apprenticeship. Both the employer and apprentice must sign this form, with copies provided to the apprentice and the training provider. It is the equivalent to a standard employment contract and will outline details of the terms of the apprenticeship and training plan. Visit our dedicated page to find out more about the apprenticeship agreement, and where you can access a template form.

Apprenticeship commitment statement

An apprenticeship commitment statement is a contract that must be signed by the employer with their apprentice and training provider before the training can commence. It records the commitment of all parties towards the successful fulfilment of the apprenticeship programme. The commitment statement must include:

  • Details of the apprentice, employer, training provider and end-point assessment organisation;
  • Confirmation of eligibility and training costs;
  • The planned content and schedule for on-the-job and off-the-job training;
  • Expectations and commitments offered by the employer, training organisation and the apprentice; and
  • The process for solving queries or complaints during the apprenticeship.

To find out more about the apprenticeship commitment statement, and access a template, visit the dedicated government website.