What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships allow you to combine work with studying for qualifications to help further your career. You can continue your education up to degree level, receive paid for training, earn money and gain skills that employers want. They are for anyone aged 16 or over, including people who have been to university.

Apprenticeships offer many advantages over university including:

  • debt free – you earn while you learn so you can avoid being saddled with tens of thousands of pounds worth of debt
  • likely to lead to a career with your employer – you will already have experience of doing the job meaning you have an advantage over university leavers
  • a real alternative - they give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification

How do they work?

To become an apprentice you must be aged 16 or over and not be in full-time education.

Apprentices will earn at least £3.90 an hour – some employers often pay more than this.

All apprenticeships are at least 12 months long and are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level.



Equivalent educational level

Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree


You can choose from thousands of vacancies in a range of industries, from engineering and nursing to law, design and gardening.

So, what are you waiting for?

More information on apprenticeships for both employers and individuals is available at www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk or call 0300 666 3 666.

Are you a business looking to take on an apprentice?

Do you want young, enthusiastic talent that you can mould and develop for your business? The answer: hire an apprentice. A growing number of companies are doing so, with 96% of businesses reporting benefits from their apprentices.

The business benefits for companies are enormous:

  • 72% of businesses report improved productivity
  • Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff and re-train or upskill existing staff or people returning to your business after a break.
  • Learning can often be done in your workplace, meaning minimal disruption.
  • They help you tackle skill shortages in your business.
  • They can be tailored to specific job roles, making them flexible to the needs of your business.
  • They can bring new, creative ideas to your business.
  • They provide a strong foundation to your staff base and show your commitment to the future development of your business.
  • Hiring an apprentice can encourage a culture of learning.They are good for your corporate social responsibility.
  • There is funding available to support apprenticeship programmes within your business.
  • They are good for your corporate social responsibility.

Skills and Training

Improving people's skills to succeed is a key goal under the prosperity priority of the 2016-2020 council strategy.


A growing number of companies are using young, enthusiastic talent to grow and develop their business. An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a real qualification and a real future. Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

Quality is key to apprenticeships - providing high quality training that benefits both apprentices and employers.

For plenty of helpful information on apprenticeships as an employer or apprentice, Worcestershire Apprenticeships are available to support by visiting www.worcsapprenticeships.org.uk, calling 0300 666 3 666 or emailing info@worcsapprenticeships.org.uk


Wychavon Apprenticeship Grants

  • The Council wants to promote a more highly skilled workforce in the district through apprenticeships which create opportunity and support development.
  • Wychavon District Council has joined forces with Worcestershire Training Provider Association to help more local businesses employ apprentices. 
  • We offer a salary contribution grant of £1,000 per apprentice, with a maximum of 2 grants available for any one business. Wychavon’s grant prioritises applications from businesses operating in the engineering and manufacturing, IT/Cyber and agriculture technologies and horticulture (agri-tech) sectors.  But we are flexible on these sectors and are keen to talk to all businesses employing fewer than 250 employees considering taking on an apprentice.
  • To qualify - You must be located in Wychavon and your apprentice must be a Wychavon resident aged between 18 – 24 years not previously employed by you. You must not have had an apprentice within the previous 12 months, must be providing an approved apprenticeship, and also paying at least the minimum wage for apprentices.

For further information about the Wychavon Grant scheme contact Sue Owens t:01386 565525 or e: sue.owens@wychavon.gov.uk

Current Opportunities

Case Studies


Useful documents

Apprenticeships Levy Key Facts April 2016

Quick guide to apprenticeship funding from May 2017

Employer Grant Application Form 2017

Wychavon Apprenticeship Grant Scheme Information Sheet for Providers and Employers