Apprenticeships allow you to combine work with studying for qualifications, you can continue your education up to degree level, receive paid for training, earn a wage and gain invaluable work based skills and qualifications that employers are actively looking for. Apprenticeships are for anyone aged 16 or over, including people who have been to university and employee’s looking to improve their qualifications, there is no age limit to being an apprentice

Apprenticeships offer many advantages over university including:

  • Debt free – you earn while you learn,  you can avoid the debt trap of university
  • Likely  to lead to a career with your employer – you will already have on the job experience, giving you a good advantage over university leavers
  • It is a real alternative - apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a valuable recognised 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 – with many employers paying more than this, all apprenticeships are a minimum of 12 months duration 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.

More information for both employers, apprentices and current apprentice vacancies are available on Worcester Apprenticeships website. Telephone: 0300 666 3666,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you a business looking to take on an apprentice?

Are you looking at succession planning within your business, do you want young, enthusiastic talent that you can develop and grow with your business? If so take look at taking on an apprentice, a growing number of companies are seeing this as the way forward, with 96% of businesses reporting benefits from their apprentices. 

  • 72% of businesses report improved productivity.
  • 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.
  • Apprenticeships can be used to  re-train or upskill existing staff or people returning to your business after a break
  • There is funding available to support apprenticeship programmes within your business.

Wychavon Apprenticeship Grants

  • The Council actively promotes the value of a highly skilled workforce, in the district, through apprenticeships which create development opportunities for both employers and apprentices
  • Wychavon District Council has joined forces with Worcestershire Training Provider Association to help more local businesses employ apprentices
  • We offer a 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, Agriculture Technologies and Horticulture (agri-tech), Hospitality and Construction sectors.  But we are flexible on these sectors and are very 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 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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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