Apprenticeships and Internships

Articles, advice and analysis on UK small business apprenticeships and internships.

Employing & managing staff

Hiring an apprentice: The benefits for a small company

Taking on an apprentice can inject youthful energy and ideas into your company. A guide to how to enrol an apprentice into your small business

Employing & managing staff

Interns and the law

Andy Willis explains how to navigate legal issues when employing interns, such as whether the intern is identified as an employee or a worker

Government Grants

Apprenticeship grants

I'm taking an apprentice for my joinery company. Am I entitled to any government apprenticeship grants for my business?

Business management

How to introduce a health and safety apprenticeship to the workplace

Here, Chris Pendrey of Actavo Direct explains how to introduce a health and safety apprenticeship to your workplace.

Employing & managing staff

Virtual internships: are they better than working in-house?

Ed Holroyd Pearce of Virtual Internships talks about online interning and whether it could replace the traditional in-house alternative.

Employing & managing staff

Are unpaid internships really akin to modern-day slavery?

How are small businesses impacted by the legal requirement to pay interns after four weeks' unpaid work? Here, one business owner gives his thoughts.


Apprentices the solution to the UK’s skills gap

Apprentices are the solution to addressing the UK’s skills gap, say 82 per cent of UK SMEs in results obtained from the Close Brothers Business Barometer.

Legal advice

What exactly is an intern? HMRC might take a different view!

In this piece, Karen Holden, founder of A City Law Firm, discusses why it's vital for business owners to determine whether a working relationship qualifies as an internship.

Employing & managing staff

How to set up an apprenticeship scheme at your small business

Is an apprenticeship scheme right for your business, and where do you begin? Crissi Williams, CEO of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals, looks into the matter.

Employing & managing staff

Small business apprenticeships: How companies can make the most of new opportunities

SMEs have a vital role to play in helping the government achieve its new starts target for apprenticeships, says Rob Alder, head of business development at AAT.


Jobs for the boys myth limits apprenticeship opportunities

School leavers are missing out on potential apprenticeship opportunities because they mistakenly believe that the careers available to them are in so called ‘traditional’ gender specific careers, reveals new research.


Skills of tomorrow must be at the heart of apprenticeship drive

There is a long way to go to make sure vocational training and apprenticeships can meet the aspirations of many talented young people, according to ACCA.

Partner content

Funding options for the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

The guys over at Funding Options explain what finance is available to firms in the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

Partner content

Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

Partner content

What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

Partner content

What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?