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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.

Apprentice minimum wage

The national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.70 an hour. This is a 5.7% increase on the previous £3.50 an hour, above UK inflation. 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

✔️ Our Apprenticeship growth = 7% increase from last year
✔️ We have been supported by a total of 998 employers over the last year
✔️ Our engagement with Apprenticeship Levy employers has increased to 125 employers
✔️ Our average salary for Apprenticeship recruitment has also increased from £188.09 to £224.35 per week, meaning our vacancies are paying £87.45 per week on average more than the National Minimum Wage for Apprenticeships
✔️ Our biggest area for growth is Engineering / Manufacturing based on recruitment in 2018/19

Traineeships

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.