Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to national recognised qualifications. You can use apprenticeships to train both new and existing employees. Funding is available to train apprentices.
Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Councils, while the National Apprenticeship Service helps to fund the training. Business representatives from the relevant industry sector work with the Sector Skills Councils to develop the course content. Because they understand your business, the training will be relevant for your industry.
More than 100,000 employers in more than 160,000 workplaces offer frameworks across a wide range of industry sectors.
Depending on the sector and job role an apprenticeship can take anything between one and four years to complete. It is a package of on-the-job training and qualifications.
A National Minimum Wage for apprentices was introduced on 1 October 2010. The wage applies to all apprentices aged under 19 and apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their apprenticeship.
Swindon Borough Council pays apprentices as per the Apprentice National Minimum Wage.
The Council continues to explore new areas for apprenticeship roles all the time and any vacancies will be listed under Vacancies on the website.
More information about apprenticeships can be found by visiting the Apprenticeships website(www.apprenticeships.org.uk)