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Apprenticeships & T-Levels

An Apprenticeship is a training programme which an individual undertakes with an employer where they can gain a qualification whilst working. Learning through doing the work in situ, combined with training linked to a local college, training provider or university. Apprentices are paid while they learn, and the level varies from GCSE to Degree, depending on the length of time and level of technical expertise that will be developed during the apprenticeship.

T Levels are an alternative to A levels, apprenticeships and other 16 to 19 courses. Equivalent to 3 A levels, the new T-Levels focus on vocational skills and can help students into skilled employment, higher study or apprenticeships.


The SELEP area needs to see a significant increase in apprenticeship numbers as part of its commitment to the Government’s 3 million national 2020 target.

As of April 2017, the way apprenticeships were funded changed with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy and the move to new apprenticeship standards is already underway.

The South East LEP and partners are helping to facilitate a significant increase in apprenticeship numbers, particularly in growth sectors, already supported through Skills Capital investments and Skills European Social Fund contracts.

Find out more about the Government’s Fire It Up apprenticeship scheme.

View advice for employers on work-based education programmes, including information on apprenticeships, T Levels and traineeships.

SELEP Employers’ Apprenticeship Toolkit

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Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

Could you be an Apprenticeship Ambassador for our area? Find out more about the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network. For the portal covering Kent, Medway and East Sussex, head to A portal covering Essex will be added soon.

Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

There’s also a Young Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.


​The government has launched a new website and package of support, to help employers find out about industry placements and provide support with planning and preparation, in the lead up to the introduction of T-Levels.

Many organisations are already trialling T-Level-style industry placements. T-Levels, the new qualification for 16-to-19-year-olds who have finished their GCSEs, have been designed by employers and will combine classroom learning with a substantial industry placement.

The new website includes off-the-shelf tools, case studies from those already offering placements, opportunities for workshops, webinars and tailored hands-on support.

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Key Information

There are over 200 different types of apprenticeships covering areas such as cyber security, agriculture, construction, health, engineering, finance and much more.

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Watch case studies and informational videos on apprenticeships, catch up on our recorded skills events, and more

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