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Apprenticeships

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.

There are over 200 different types of apprenticeships covering areas such as cyber security, agriculture, construction, health, engineering, finance and much more. We’ve added some videos to these pages to showcase some of those in the South East. (Look out for more!)

New incentives have been introduced to help with COVID-19 Recovery running until 31st January and in addition to existing incentives.

These can be used for anything to support the organisation’s costs, for example uniforms, the apprentice’s travel or salary. It doesn’t need to be paid back. £2,000 is available for apprentices aged 16-24 and £1,500 is available for apprentices aged 25+. You can find out more about these incentives at gov.uk/guidance/incentive-payments-for-hiring-a-new-apprentice.

Want to find out more?

For further information about apprenticeships and the huge range of options, you can access the Government’s Apprenticeships website at apprenticeships.gov.uk or you can call the National Apprenticeship Service for free advice and support on 0800 015 0600. There are also useful guides and factsheets about apprenticeships at gov.uk/government/publications/a-guide-to-apprenticeships.

There are also local Apprenticeship Ambassador Networks for apprentices and employers who help to spread the word about apprenticeships. For East Sussex, Kent and Medway this is the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network South East and for Essex, Southend and Thurrock this is the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network East of England.

Or take a look at the following links:


T-Levels

T-Levels are a new qualification for students aged 16-19 who’ve finished GCSEs. They sit alongside A levels and apprenticeships to give young people the technical and practical skills needed to be an asset in the workplace. T-Levels combine classroom learning with a substantial industry placement.

For employers, an industry placement is a shift from traditional work experience to a longer, more structured placement in the workplace for young people to develop real work skills and make a meaningful contribution. They give Young People the technical and practical skills needed to be an asset in the workplace. Placements will last at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days), and can take place as a block, via day-release or a mixture of both..

Industry placements are happening now to prepare for T-Levels, and employers are partnering with local colleges and schools to trial industry placements. Over the next few years, T-Levels will scale up to include 24 courses, covering 11 skill areas:

  • – Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care
  • – Business and Administration
  • – Catering
  • – Construction
  • – Creative and Design
  • – Digital/IT
  • – Education and Childcare
  • – Engineering and Manufacturing
  • – Hair and Beauty
  • – Health and Science
  • – Legal, Finance and Accounting

For further information for employers is available at employerindustryplacements.co.uk, and for young people and parents at gov.uk/government/publications/introduction-of-t-levels


Traineeships

You can also find out about traineeships at gov.uk/government/collections/traineeships–2