Employer’s responsibilities

The employer’s responsibilities for an apprenticeship programme cover the following areas

Providing a genuine job: 

  • a contract of employment long enough for an apprentice to complete their apprenticeship (including the end point assessment).
  • paying an apprentice’s wages.
  • ensuring the apprentice’s role provides the opportunity for them to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to achieve their apprenticeship.
  • offering appropriate support and supervision on the job, in order for the apprentice to carry out their role.

Apprenticeship agreement and commitment statement: 

  • an apprenticeship agreement must be signed at the start of the apprenticeship. It is used to confirm individual employment arrangements between the apprentice and employer and is a legal requirement.
  • a commitment statement, must signed by employer, the apprentice and the main provider. This sets out the individual learning plan for the agreed training.

Monitoring progress

  • by making sure the apprentice is taking part in learning throughout the apprenticeship.
  • participating in regular progress reviews with the apprentice and the main provider (see tripartite meetings).