An Apprenticeship is a permanent job with an employment contract supported by training leading to achievement of specific qualifications based an Apprenticeship framework.
Businesses can recruit a young person to a job and make them an apprentice at a later date when they have passed the usual probation period.
Apprenticeships are available at 3 different levels:
- Intermediate (equivalent to 5 GCSE’s grade A-C);
- Advanced (equivalent to 2 ‘A’ levels);
- Higher (equivalent to NVQ level 4, Foundation degrees and some professional qualifications).
N.B. Higher Apprenticeships are growing quickly in professional services e.g. major Accountancy and Law firms have switched recruitment from graduates to ‘A’ level students they develop as Higher apprentices.
The government aims to increase the number of apprentices in training from 2 million to 3 million in the next few years. It is currently piloting funding vouchers that give employers the buying power to commission training for apprentices from providers.
A government grant of £1,500 is available to businesses with less than 50 employees which employ a new apprentice.
The Warwickshire County Council Apprenticeship Hub provides free, impartial advice for businesses and makes referrals to training providers operating in the county. To find out more go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/getanapprentice
Alternatively, download this document which lists Warwickshire providers and what they offer.