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
|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.
Are you a business looking to take on an apprentice?
A growing number of companies are seeing this as the way forward, with 96% of businesses reporting benefits from their apprentices.
- 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.
- Apprenticeships can be used to re-train or upskill existing staff or people returning to your business after a break
We have joined forces with Worcestershire Training Provider Association (WTPA) to help more local businesses, employ local residents through apprenticeship programmes. £60,000 is available in financial year 2019/20 to award a salary contribution grant depending on the level of the apprenticeship being taken.
The grant scheme will prioritise applications from businesses operating in one or more of the following key sectors, the grant can be applied for within the first 12 months of the apprenticeship.
- Engineering and Manufacturing
- Agriculture Technologies and Horticulture (Agri-tech)
- Low Carbon
For more information on the grant scheme read the pdf Apprenticeship Grant Scheme information sheet. (289 KB)
Download the document Employer Grant Application Form (1002 KB)
Wychavon District Council are funding support for more young people to complete an apprenticeship by providing a bursary scheme to support with associated travel, clothing or equipment and tool costs.
Maximum off £50 per month for up to 6 months
One off Grant payment, maximum value £75
Tools or Equipment Bursary
One off Grant payment, maximum value £100
Apprentices will need to meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
- Be receiving an Apprentice salary of up to £175 per week (dependant on individual circumstances)
- Aged 16 – 24 years
- Must be an approved Apprenticeship standard or framework meeting the apprenticeship funding and guidance rules (all levels and sectors apply)
- The Training Organisation must be on the approved register to deliver the apprenticeship
The bursary is subject to a successful application to Wychavon District Council and the availability of funds. Wychavon District Council reserves the right to award or reject bursary applications. The scheme will be run on a first come first served basis, with bursaries awarded only on successful approval of a bursary application
The bursary will be payable by Wychavon District Council direct to the Apprentice following the supply of evidence for costs to be incurred.
- Fully completed application form
- Two validated Quotations for any costs to be incurred
- Receipts for any expenditure made
- 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 you employ. 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 16– 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.
- pdf Apprentice: ADDer Bookkeeping (1.08 MB)
- pdf Business: ADDer Bookkeeping Ltd (977 KB)
- pdf Apprentice: Abbey Butchers (3.59 MB)
- pdf Business: Abbey Butchers (1.00 MB)