Do you want to earn while you learn? We can help you find an apprenticeship. We work in close partnership with large and small employers to make sure we give you the training and skills you need to be successful at work. Due to the ongoing unprecedented events this year as a result of Covid–19 the economy and many local businesses have been badly affected. Unemployment is at its highest for years and likely to remain that way for some time. Apprentices have been identified as vital to kick starting the economy and helping the workforce to grow.

We are working with employers to put in place processes to enable you to train and complete your qualification during these uncertain and rapidly changing times.

We are committed to supporting apprenticeships with the significant challenges Covid-19 presents. We have adapted our classroom courses to a mix of online and face to face high quality programmes to protect and guarantee everyone’s health and well-being.

What are Apprenticeships?

“Apprenticeships really are a great way for individuals to progress in work”, says Keith Smith, Director of the Apprenticeships Group at the Education & Skills Funding Agency.

  • They are professional programmes, specifically designed by employers to prepare you for your new or next step in your career by combining real work and studying towards professional qualifications.
  • Apprenticeships work for individuals as they can offer you a comprehensive career path while you earn, learn and gain vital work experience.
  • An apprenticeship lasts for a minimum of 12 months and at least 20% of your time is set aside for learning, usually at college but will also include independent study at home or in your work setting. The rest of your time is spent applying your knowledge and skills in the workplace.

Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)
These apprenticeships are designed to cover entry-level roles and provide the basic skills and knowledge required to begin a career. The usual duration is 12 months. Entry requirements vary from one or more GCSEs to no formal qualifications or experience.

Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
These offer an alternative to A-levels, and are suitable if you have skills, experience or qualifications in a sector already and are looking to progress. The usual duration is between 18 and 24 months. Entry requirements are stricter with many often requiring up to five GCSEs at grade C or above.