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Apprenticeship Heroes

We are looking for Apprentices who have gone above and beyond in the last year. Outstanding performance in work, supported other colleagues, completed charity or community work? Does anyone spring to mind? If so email us at apprenticeships@wsc.ac.uk and write a short statement why you believe they deserve the title of an Apprenticeship Hero. The deadline for all nominations is 5 March 2021.

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Fully funded courses for those who work in health and social care

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Norfolk County Council and Suffolk County Council are providing access to fully funded qualifications in health and social care. This training is for existing health and social care staff who live and work in Norfolk and Suffolk. Training will be provided until December 2021, in the first instance.

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National Apprenticeship Week

Build the future with inspiration from our videos that were released during National Apprenticeship Week. 

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Apprentices Making a Big Impact

Apprentices at West Suffolk Council

Apprentices at Suffolk County Council

Apprentices at Cambridge City Council

Apprentices at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council

More great employers benefitting from apprentices

Our Apprentice Lockdown Heroes

Job Shop

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Case Study: Holly Lewnz


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Case Study: Catherine Leahy


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Suffolk County Council's Andi Spalding


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Apprentice Alex Howe makes it into WorldSkills Squad UK!


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Disability Confident

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Digital Marketer Level 3 Apprenticeship

Suffolk County Council's Sophie Conner


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Case Study: Cambridge University Press


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Supporting Breckland Jobs

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Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Apprenticeships help you recruit new talent into your business and increase the skills and capabilities of your people. 

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Apprentices complete a structured programme of training specific to the needs of your industry. They can progress from introductory courses to advanced and higher level study equivalent to degree study, but unlike purely academic learning, all their knowledge is tuned to your needs.

The methods of learning vary by subject requiring college attendance either one day a week or once a month. In addition to college teaching, we support learners on site at the your premises via regular review meetings and assessment observations.

Government funding is available to support training and employers can also potentially access a government incentive of £1,000 if they recruit a new Apprentice aged 16-18.

Incentive payments for hiring a new apprentice

Apprenticeship Incentive

When you hire new apprentices between 1 August 2020 and 31 March 2021, you can apply for extra funding to give your organisation a boost.

For apprentices aged:
  • 16 to 24, you’ll receive £2,000
  • over 25, you’ll receive £1,500
The payment is in addition to the existing £1,000 you’ll already get for taking on an apprentice who is:
  • aged 16 to 18 years old
  • under 25 and has an education, health and care plan or has been in the care of their local authority


From 1st April any new Apprentice recruited allows you to claim £3,000 Government incentive payment until the end of September 2021.

You could get the incentive payment when you hire an apprentice who’s been made redundant, as long as they’re new to your organisation. An incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice is different to the apprenticeship levy, and you can spend it on anything to support your organisation’s costs. For example, you could spend it on facilities, uniforms, your apprentice’s travel or their salary. You won’t need to pay it back.


Find out more and how to apply

Target Apprenticeships
Are you a business who has not had an apprentice in the last three years, employing less than 250 employees? A brand-new project has been launched to encourage the uptake of apprentices and number of apprenticeships being offered across the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough area.
Discover more about Target Apprenticeships

Plan for Jobs

West Suffolk College is delighted with the government announcements relating to a Plan for Jobs and we are currently working with the Education and Skills Funding Agency to ensure that we are ready to help employers maximise every opportunity to receive support.

We are able to offer recruitment and candidate matching support and assist with you claiming the financial incentives that you may be entitled to. This is a fantastic time to recruit an Apprentice, offer work experience or train your existing workforce to help your business restart and recover.

West Suffolk College is here for you!

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Apprentice minimum wage

The national minimum wage for apprentices is £4.15 an hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the national minimum wage rate if they’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.

Apprenticeship Facts

✔️ We are currently training over 1500 Apprentices
✔️ We are currently supporting over 850 employers
✔️ We offer over 65 Apprenticeship Programmes
✔️ The average salary for Apprentices paid by the employers we support is £189.96 per week, meaning our vacancies are paying £53.46 per week on average more than the National Minimum Wage for Apprenticeships

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Traineeships attract and develop the potential of the next generation

A traineeship is a new education and training programme which combined with work experience prepares young people aged 16 to 24 for employment.

Traineeships were developed in response to research showing that young people frequently lack the knowledge and experience employers expect in the workplace. Traineeships tackle that problem, while benefiting trainees and employers.

Traineeships last a maximum of six months with the goal of encouraging trainees to continue their development through an apprenticeship.

As an employer you are expected to provide an appropriate work placement opportunity. In turn, West Suffolk College provides work preparation training, English and maths support if required, and a more flexible component of additional training designed to match the needs of your employment setting or industry.

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