General Apprenticeship Questions

Find answers to some general questions about setting up an Aspire apprenticeship programme.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why take on an apprentice?

    Apprenticeships benefit both you and your apprentice. An apprentice is likely to be in the early stages of their career, and their enthusiasm and willingness to develop in your workplace make them a great addition to your team. In turn, they’ll learn valuable professional and technical skills they can’t get from a degree – all while earning.

  • What is an apprenticeship programme?

    • Apprenticeships are training programmes for employees aged 16 and over, helping them gain and develop skills and knowledge relevant to their career aspirations and the needs of their employer.
    • They have time limits (minimum of 12 months) and are based on skills, and will often include qualifications. New apprenticeships have an assessment at the end, which measures the capability of an apprentice.
    • The Institute for Apprenticeships oversees all apprenticeships, looking at the suitability of the training suggested for each job role and ensuring multiple apprenticeship options aren’t developed for the same job.
    • All apprenticeships are designed to develop skills within a job role. Many also contain professional qualifications to help build knowledge and understanding of specific sectors.
  • What is 20% off-the-job training?

    The requirement for 20% ‘off-the-job training’ is not as onerous as you might think, and does not necessarily mean you will have to release your apprentice one day a week to sit in a classroom. Training is an essential part of an apprenticeship and must take place during employed time. Employers may find that what they offer as part of their existing learning and development delivery counts towards the 20%. For example, revision towards CII exams, use of insurance/Broker/Financial Assess and attendance at Local Institute events.


  • What if there's only one apprentice in our business?

    • Aspire makes it easy for employers with small numbers of apprentices (or even just the one) to access apprenticeship training that is usually prohibitive with low numbers
    • It’s open to all employers across the profession in the UK and co-investment funding arrangements are catered for
    • A simple online ‘expression of interest’ gets the registration process started