The apprenticeship service is the government portal for managing apprenticeship programmes. Employers use it to:
Before you start, you will need:
Note: the apprentice must be included in the PAYE scheme that is declared in the apprenticeship service account. The Educational and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) will cross-check this with HMRC PAYE data.
There are further instructions you will need to read if:
To create an account:
Note: For steps 5 and 6, you will be given the option to skip or complete later. Skipping
either step will disable your option to reserve funding
Your account is now set up and you will be taken to the Apprenticeship Service home page.
You can access this page at any time by going to https://accounts.manage-apprenticeships.service.gov.uk/service/signIn
You can manage every aspect of your apprenticeships through the Apprenticeship Service. Alternatively, you can allow Starting Off to enter some of the details for you. By doing this, we will create your recruitment advertisement for you, and once an apprentice is found, we will reserve funding and populate their details and the details of the course too (this is known as a cohort).
All cohort and recruitment records we create go to you for approval before becoming live, so you remain in complete control.
Whilst we must have your authorisation to recruit on your behalf, if you prefer to create cohort records yourself, Starting Off will send you the necessary details and instructions via email once recruitment is complete and we have signed the apprentice up to the course.
To allow Starting Off to recruit and create cohorts:
Note: If you have give permission for Starting Off to create cohorts on your behalf, we will complete this process for you.
To create a reservation for an apprenticeship programme:
Once the start visit has taken place, you will have the necessary details to add the apprentice record to the reservation.
Below are some basic guides for common tasks on the apprenticeship service. Further guidance and information can be found on the Gov.uk website or on the ESFA official YouTube channel which you can find links for at the bottom of this page
If you have any queries related to the Apprenticeship Service then you can also contact our administration team using this form: