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Early Years

Hiring Apprentices

Hiring Apprentices

Group playBecoming an apprentice enables you to earn while gaining qualifications needed for a career in early years.

Early years educators play a vital and rewarding role in helping children get the best start for life. There are several routes into a role in early years, including apprenticeships.

Here’s what you need to know about early years apprenticeships and how to apply.

Types of apprenticeships

There are three early years apprenticeships currently available, two of which are suitable for those with no previous experience. They take between 12 and 24 months to complete. 

On all three routes, you’ll study towards qualifications that allow you to build a career in early years, while working at the same time. You can start at any level, for example, you don’t need to do Level 2 before Level 3.  

For further information about how you can get into the sector, visit early years careers. You can also view the latest apprenticeship vacancies based on your interest and location with details of how to apply.

Get free help and support: Call 0800 0150 400 or email nationalhelpdesk@apprenticeships.gov.uk


How much do early years apprentices earn?

As an apprentice, you’ll earn at least the minimum wage for apprentices, and many employers offer additional benefits. On top of this, they’ll be paying for your training, so you’ll gain important qualifications for free.


What qualifications do you need?

You may need some GCSEs, usually including English and Maths, or equivalent, to do an apprenticeship. However, your grades and existing qualifications are not the most important thing.  You will also need skills like energy, enthusiasm, and a passion for early years education.


Guidance for employer's to hire Apprentices

Apprenticeship Flowchart

There are several steps to taking on an apprentice:

  1. Choose an apprenticeship for your business or organisation.
  2. Find an organisation that offers training for the apprenticeship you’ve chosen.
  3. Check what training funding you can get.
  4. Create an account - you need this to manage funding and recruit apprentices.
  5. Advertise your apprenticeship - find out how to create an advert or give your training provider permission to do this for you.
  6. Make an apprenticeship agreement and training plan with your chosen apprentice. Click here for a template.
  7. Advertise your apprenticeships for free and access all the information about how to create an apprenticeship advert https://www.gov.uk/guidance/creating-an-apprenticeship-advert

Guidance for Schools to hire Apprentices

Early Years Apprenticeship factsheet for Schools

Buckinghamshire Adult Learning are key partners for supporting school apprenticeship programmes. If you are interested in finding out more or need advice on Apprenticeships, please contact Adult Learning Apprenticeships on 01296 674449 or email inbusiness@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Adult Learning

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