An apprenticeship is a competence based skill development programme, designed and endorsed by employers for their employees, which combines independently accredited work based learning, off the job training and relevant experience in the job.

Apprenticeships last between one and four years depending on the framework/job and all apprentices will have a contract of employment for at least this time frame.

Warwickshire County Council has regular vacancies throughout the year as we continue to grow our Apprenticeship programmes across the Councils teams.  See the current  roles here or find out more about being an apprentice below.

Levels of apprenticeship

There are three levels of apprenticeship available:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeships for a level 2 qualification (academically equivalent to five GCSE’s grade A*-C)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships for a level 3 qualification (academically equivalent to an A Level education)
  • Higher Level Apprenticeships for a level 4, 5, 6 &7 qualifications (academically to a degree education)

Training provided for an apprentice

As apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, most of the training is ‘on the job’ – in a business. The rest can be provided by a local college or by a specialist learning provider, or undertaken by the business themselves.

Working hours

Employment must be for at least 30 hours per week, except in the minority of circumstances where the learner cannot complete the full 30 hours. In these cases employment must be for more than 16 hours per week.

Apprentice pay

The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is currently £3.40 per hour and applies to time working, plus time spent training that is part of the apprenticeship.

This minimum wage applies to all apprentices aged under 19; and apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their apprenticeship.  All other apprentices are entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage for their age.

However, this is a minimum level and Employers are encouraged to pay above this wage, the Governments National Apprenticeship Service report the average apprenticeship salary £8,840 a year (£170 a week).

Types of apprenticeships

There are over 200 different types of apprenticeships covering over 1000 job roles.  Lots more information on these different roles can be found at the National Apprenticeships Service.

Meet the apprentices

See apprenticeship case studies and videos from other organisations.