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What is the Apprenticeship Service?

The apprenticeship service is an online system provided by the UK government to support the delivery of apprenticeships.

The apprenticeship service is a digital service that enables employers to manage apprenticeship programmes in their business.

All apprenticeships in England must be managed through the apprenticeship service and employers will need to set up an account in order to use the service.

Employers can use the apprenticeship service account to:

  • Find apprenticeship training providers
  • Advertise and manage apprenticeship vacancies
  • Access government funding for apprenticeship training
  • Manage and approve apprenticeship payments to training providers
  • Give training providers permission to carry out some tasks on your behalf
  • Give feedback on apprenticeship training

The apprenticeship service is designed to simplify the process of delivering apprenticeships, making it easier for employers to access funding and find suitable training providers. The system is free to use, and employers can register for the service on the government’s website.

Setting up your Apprenticeship Service Account

To create an account, you will need:

  • an email address
  • permission to add your PAYE schemes to the account
  • permission to accept the employer agreement on behalf of your organisation

You will also need either the Government Gateway login for your organisation, or your accounts office reference number (AORN) and employer PAYE scheme reference number.

For guidance on how to create an apprenticeship service account, watch our helpful video. Further help or support can be found via our handy guide to setting up your apprentice service account.

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