A guide to apprenticeships

There are different levels of apprenticeships that can help you join the council.

Levels of apprenticeships
Type of apprenticeshipLevel Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A Level
Higher 4, 5 and 6 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree

The different kinds and grades of apprenticeships on offer

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Apprenticeships are learning roles that blend work with study to get new skills and qualifications. They go from level 2 (like GCSEs), to level 7 (like a master's degree) and cover various occupational standards. They need an average of 20% time away from the job for training with an approved provider.

National context of apprenticeships and use

Apprenticeships are a key government initiative to boost individual career prospects. They are available nationwide, offering paid employment opportunities for anyone over 16 that combine on-the-job training with formal qualifications. The program lasts between one and six years depending on the chosen field, and apprentices gain valuable work experience while earning credentials equivalent to university degrees in some cases. This focus on practical skills alongside academic learning aims to address employer needs and equip the workforce with the expertise needed to thrive in the national job market.

The roles and responsibilities of managers and apprentices

Managers are responsible for supporting the recruitment, procurement, induction, performance, and progression of apprentices in their departments. They will also arrange for a training provider.

Apprentices should:

The end of the apprenticeship and the options for the apprentice

Apprenticeships are fixed-term learning contracts that end when the apprentice completes the end point assessment. The council does not guarantee employment after the apprenticeship, but it allows apprentices to access redeployment opportunities a month before the end of their contract or when they pass the gateway to end point assessment. Apprentices can also apply for internal vacancies after completing at least 9 months of their programme, subject to certain conditions.