The Employer's Guide to Apprenticeships in England

With the Government looking to raise industry standards, apprenticeships could be the ideal starting point to give young people coming into the industry a great start to their career. They also ensure that the industry has a more consistent calibre of entry-level staff.

To help achieve that goal, we have been part of a working group that has launched the Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship Standard that estate agency businesses can now put into practice.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training, enabling learners to earn while they learn and to achieve recognition against industry standards on completing the apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and sectors and can last from 12 months to four years, depending on the type or level of the programme. Apprentices can be either new or current employees or you can employ them to perform a specific job role.

Read our fact sheet on apprenticeship funding

Apprenticeship guide

Employer's Guide to Apprenticeships

If you're thinking about taking up the Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship Standard and want to learn more about what's involved, download our Employer's Guide to Apprenticeships.



The Junior Estate Agent is a customer-facing role with the apprentice having responsibility for providing administrative support to secure successful property sales. Junior Estate Agents may work in different areas of estate agency, i.e. sales, auctioneering and commercial property. In all cases, the apprentice will be required to understand and follow contractual, statutory and legal restrictions, and client confidentiality and will be working under supervision within the wider organisation.  

The standard is set at Level 2 which is the equivalent of five GCSE passes and the standard is only available in England.

Read the full apprenticeship standard

All apprentices will be eligible to apply for student membership. As a student member, they will then have three years to achieve a recognised qualification and upgrade their membership. More info...

End Point Assessment

To ensure the apprentice achieves the goals of the standard they must pass an end-point assessment carried out by an independent, government-approved end-point assessment organisation (EPAO). The EPAO will conduct a full assessment of the apprentice's skills and will inform the Education and Skills Funding Agency when an apprentice passes their end-point assessment.

Propertymark Qualifications has been approved as one of the end-point assessment organisations for the Junior Estate Agency Apprenticeship Standard. More info...

External Quality Assurance 

We have been approved as the External Quality Assessor, this means that we're responsible for ensuring apprenticeship end-point assessments are fit for purpose and deliver consistently high and relevant standards. 

Why should your business hire apprentices?

Employing an apprentice within the property sector can be good for your business in a whole host of ways. Apprenticeships not only bring professionally trained and qualified people into your company but can also be a cost-effective way of up-skilling existing staff thanks to Government support. According to data compiled by the National Apprenticeship Service, research amongst employers across a range of industries revealed that:

83% count on apprentices


count on apprentices as they will be the skilled workers they need in the future

80% apprentices stay longer


of companies who invest in apprentices find their employees stay with them longer

3/4 say that


Over three-quarters say that apprentices make their business more productive

92% Satisfied


of those employing apprentices feel they now have a more motivated and satisfied workforce

77% believe more competitive


believe that apprentices make their business more competitive

What support are employers entitled to?

Employers who take on a new apprentice will receive a £1,000 payment if the apprentice is aged 16 to 18 or they are 19 to 24 and on an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan or are in the care of their local authority. This payment is administered by the apprentice's training provider.

Further funding is also available between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 for employers taking on a new apprentice. This funding has been announced to support businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak and will be combined with existing funding to create a larger incentive to hire a new apprentice.

  • £1,000 payment to employers taking on a new 16 to 18-year-old apprentice OR those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (where applicable).
  • NEW: £2,000 payment to employers in England for each new apprentice hired aged under 25.
  • NEW: £1,500 payment to employers in England for each new apprentice hired aged 25 and over.

Small employers (under 50 employees) are also able to claim 100 per cent funding of training costs for apprentices aged 16 to 18 years old or under 25 with an Education, Health, and Care Plan.

Learn more about apprenticeship funding

What are the benefits for the apprentice?

Apprentices must be an employee on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid a lawful wage for the time they are in work and in off-the-job training. You can only pay the apprenticeship minimum wage from of the start of the apprenticeship programme and not before, although employers may pay their apprentice at above the apprenticeship rate. You can find information on the national minimum wage, the apprenticeship rate and the definition of an employee on GOV.UK.

Individual apprentices have: 

  • The opportunity to earn a wage and receive other benefits available from their employer
  • Training in the skills employers want
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks in the workplace
  • Learning at a pace suited to them with the support of a learning provider.