ILR specification: 2020 to 2021

Employer Identifier: Field


The identifier of the employer that the learner is employed with for the workplace learning.

Reason Required

Enables identification of the employer for funding and assists with labour market intelligence.

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Collection Requirements

  • ESF (FundModel 70)
  • Apprenticeship Frameworks (ProgType 2,3, 20,21,22,23)
  • Apprenticeship Standards (ProgType 25)

Valid Entries

A valid Employer ID number from the Employer Data Service (EDS). This is a nine digit number


For ESF funded learners, this field is collected for the Priority 2 part of the programme.
This field is collected for all apprentices on all funding models (including Funding model 99).

  • This field must contain a valid employer number from the Employer Data Service (EDS).

  • Self-employed learners will require an employer number from the EDS.

  • To obtain a new employer number, contact the EDS help desk on either 01242 545 346 or complete the online enquiry form

  • A value of 999999999 can be used temporarily (within 60 days of the learning aim start date) until the employer number is known.

  • The data recorded in this field will be validated in the data collections web portal against a copy of the employer table from the EDS database.

  • If the learner's employment status is unemployed, this field does not need to be returned. Once the learner becomes employed, a new Employment Status record must be returned with the employer number recorded. This is particularly important for apprentices who should have an employment status record detailing who they are employed with on the first day of the apprenticeship programme.

  • For traineeships, the work placement Employer ID is not collected in the Employment Status record. Data about the work placement employer must be recorded in the Work
    Placement record.