DfE’s SME apprenticeships webinar programme for 2022/2023

Written by the Employer Engagement & Performance Division of the Apprenticeships Directorate – Department for Education

The Employer Engagement & Performance Division of the Apprenticeships Directorate (DfE) are committed to raising the quality of the apprenticeship experience for all parties involved. In particular, we know from user research that it is important for SMEs to be fully supported in their end-to-end apprenticeship journey from identifying their apprenticeship needs right through to end-point assessment.

To help you to provide the best support to SMEs that you work with we are delighted to introduce our free brand-new SME apprenticeships webinar programme for 2022/2023.

Starting this autumn, we will be launching new webinars for SMEs to support in their apprenticeship programmes with a focus on recruiting and supporting young people. These webinars will be co-presented by businesses who will share their experiences and bring invaluable advice and guidance to other employers. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions in a live Q&A.

Due to restrictions on numbers, only employers should attend the live webinar, but a recording will be made available after the event to all those who register.

The programme kicks off in November and employers can book now for the first three. Please share the below details with the employers you work with and ask them to sign up to the first three by clicking on each of the registration links.

1. The Benefits of Apprenticeships

Date:  3rd November 2022
Time:  11:00 – 11:40am

Are you aware of the many benefits that hiring a young apprentice can bring to your business? Hear from other SMEs who will tell their story of how apprenticeships have been a great recruitment tool to attract new talent and support succession planning for their existing workforce.


2. Recruitment & Promoting apprenticeship vacancies

Date:  7th December 2022
Time:  11:00 – 11:40am

Do you know how to attract high-quality young people to your organisation?  Hear how other SMEs have successfully advertised and promoted their apprenticeships and connected with schools and colleges to attract young talent to their organisation.


3. Onboarding & Induction 

Date:  11th January 2023
 Time:  11:00 – 11:40am

Do you know where to start in onboarding your apprentices and managing a successful and effective induction programme? Hear how other SMEs have committed to giving their apprentices the best start on their programme, ensuring their business is set up to effectively support apprenticeships. 


Upcoming webinars in 2023

  • Off-the-job training
  • Mentoring & Support
  • End-Point Assessment 
  • Construction sector focus

Dates and more information will be confirmed early next year.

We look forward to you joining us for our first webinar in November. In the meantime, please visit The road to a quality apprenticeship (apprenticeships.gov.uk) to support your apprenticeship journey.

For all other information, please visit Apprenticeships.

Many thanks,

Employer Engagement & Performance Division