Recruitment, Eligibility & Entitlement

Recruitment

In line with Football League Rule 81 relating to youth development, a Club may only enter into an Apprenticeship Agreement with a youth player who has reached the statutory school leaving age applicable in England (ie.16).

Prior to the start, Apprenticeship Agreements should be signed by the Apprentice, Club, parent or guardian and witnessed, with copies sent to The Football Association, The Football League and a copy retained by the Apprentice and the Club. All relevant registration forms for The Football League and The Football Association must also be completed.

Eligibility

An Apprentice Eligibility Checklist and guidance is provided to all Football Clubs which outlines the requirements an Apprentice must meet before they can be placed on the government funded ASE programme.

If the Apprentice:

  • Has completed their legal requirements in accordance with the Education Act (as outlined below)
  • Has a valid National Insurance Number
  • Is between 16 and 18 years of age
  • Is a national of any country within the European Economic Area (EEA) or the child of an EEA national who has been ordinarily resident in the EU for the 3 years preceding the Apprentice’s funded start date

Then eligibility for government funding is confirmed.

For Clubs wishing to sign Apprentices from outside of England it is recommended that you contact The Football Association for advice on clearance, transfer and status of players prior to offering boys Apprenticeships. (Please contact Dawn Keleher, Assistant Manager, Registrations – registrations@theFA.com)

If you are unsure about a young persons’ eligibility please feel free to contact LFE and we will do our best to resolve your query.

Entitlement

In line with Football League Youth Rule 258 (2013-14 season) and Youth Rule 268 (2014-15 season), a Club may only enter into an Apprenticeship Agreement with a youth player who has reached the statutory school leaving age applicable in England (ie.16).

Prior to the start, Apprenticeship Agreements should be signed by the Apprentice, Club, parent or guardian and witnessed, with copies sent to The Football Association, The Football League and a copy retained by the Apprentice and the Club. All relevant registration forms for The Football League and The Football Association must also be completed.

Raising Participation Age

The Government has recently increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training.

This is being introduced in 2 stages:

  • If a young person left year 11 in summer 2013, they must stay in some form of education or training for at least a further year until 27 June 2014.
  • If a young person started in year 11 (or years below) in September 2013, they will have to continue until at least their 18th birthday.

This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will able to choose from the following options:

  • Full-time education (e.g. school or college)
  • An apprenticeship
  • Full-time employment or volunteering, combined with part-time education or training