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Finding the right childcare apprentice for your setting may seem like a long and daunting process. There are probably many questions running through your mind like: What are the financial constraints and benefits of having an apprentice? Where should I advertise the role? How do I manage their training once they start?

Don’t worry – we’re here to help. We have a team of dedicated recruitment specialists who will help you find a suitable apprentice for free. Once found, we can even sign up your apprentice to start their childcare course and provide ongoing support throughout their training.

What are the benefits of employing an apprentice?

  • If they’re 16-18, you won’t pay a penny for their training*
  • You can watch them grow and progress
  • You can meet your future recruitment needs
  • You can mould them into your own style of practitioner
  • You could be eligible for a grant to help cover your costs

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How does it work?

Let us know about your vacancy for a childcare apprentice and what type of person you’re looking for. We’ll advertise the role for free on our job board. Once we receive some suitable CVs, we’ll sort through them and put forward any candidates we feel would be a good match for your setting.

Once you’ve found your ideal apprentice, we’ll help them transition into their new role and sign them up for their childcare apprenticeship.

Articles for you, the employer! 

To date, we’ve trained thousands of learners and helped them successfully complete their childcare apprenticeship training. So it goes without saying, we’ve had lots of experience providing support to both settings and apprentices alike!

Over the years, we’ve also produced lots of helpful advice and articles on recruiting apprentices which you might find interesting:

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*New funding rules 

From 1st May 2017, the ESFA funding rules state that employers must provide at least 20% “off-the-job” training to their apprentices. The core focus of this training is to teach the apprentice new skills, rather than assessing existing ones.

Employers must ensure that this training equates to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted working hours. There’s no stipulation on how this time must be split, so employers can decide what works best for their business.

10% contribution for non-levy paying employers

If your total pay bill is less than £3m per annum, you’re classed as a non-levy paying employer and therefore you’ll be expected to make a 10% contribution towards the cost of your apprentice’s training (with the exception for learners aged 16 – 18 if you employ fewer than 50 staff).

The government will pay the remaining 90% up to a maximum amount of funding allowed for the apprenticeship. You’ll be expected to meet, in full, any cost which is above the funding band maximum.

Confused? To find out more about the 20% training rule or 10% contribution, contact our team on or call 0800 002 9242 and press option number 3.  

Recruit an apprentice