Apprenticeships Toolkit

What can be included in apprenticeships policy to make sure that there is more take-up and completion of apprenticeships?

About this toolkit

On this page you can find a set of policy design guides to help you to make informed decisions when developing apprenticeships programmes. Each policy design guide covers a specific aspect of programme delivery so should not necessarily be directly compared. They are intended to help you understand:

  • how much is known about effectiveness, in comparison to costs
  • what you should consider if you are thinking about using a particular approach

About the evidence

This toolkit considers a broader evidence base than the  Apprenticeships policy review (see how we sift through the evidence in our methodology, and guidance on how to use our reviews). We also include evidence from outside the OECD, or from other contexts, where this is appropriate.

How to use this toolkit

These policy design guides can’t provide definitive evidence on how to design effective employment training. But in all cases they provide useful evidence that could help underpin more effective policy development, as well as highlighting the need for effective monitoring and evaluation to further improve cost-effectiveness. For more on embedding evaluation in to policy design, read our how to evaluate guide.

Apprenticeships Tools


Mentoring is the provision of advice to improve take-up, completion or skills acquired for a programme.  Read more about how they work.

Financial Incentives

Financial incentives are the wages paid to the apprentice or subsidies given to the employer to improve take-up and completion of programmes.  Read more about how they work.


Pre-apprenticeships are programmes taken up before an apprenticeship ot help improve take-up and the skills acquired on an apprenticeship.  Read more about how they work.


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