ILR specification: 2022 to 2023

Work Placement Employer Identifier: Field


The identifier of the employer that the learner is undertaking the work experience placement with.

Reason Required

Monitoring employer and sector uptake of work placements.

Schema Definitions

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Collection Requirements

  • Traineeships (ProgType 24)
  • 16-19 excluding Apprenticeships (FundModel 25)

Valid Entries

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


  • This field must be recorded for all learners undertaking a work experience placement as part of a traineeship or Supported Internship. It is not required for work placements that are part of other 16-19 study programmes.

  • From 1 April 2022, new Employer Identifier numbers are no longer issued. Please use a value of 999999999 where the employer does not exist on the Employer Data Service. There is no longer a requirement to update this within 60 days.

  • Employer numbers can be found on the Employer Data Service: