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What are apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship is first and foremost a job with substantial training and the development of transferable skills. It is a way for people of all ages to earn while they learn, gaining real skills and knowledge and a real future.

Businesses hiring apprentices find it productive and effective way to develop their own talent by growing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Available to businesses of all sizes and sectors in England, apprenticeships can last anything from 12 months to 5 years.

Apprenticeships are offered in 1,500 occupations, across 170 industries, so it is possible to make sure that every apprenticeship is relevant and appropriate both for the apprentice and the business.

Hartlepool College will work closely with you to ensure that the apprenticeship offered is the most appropriate for the individual’s job role, whilst reflecting employer demands.

Most of the training is on-the-job, working with a mentor to learn job specific skills in the workplace. Off-the-job training will depend on the occupational area, the qualifications and the requirements and wishes of the employer. Training may be delivered in the workplace, through ‘day release’ or at premises away from the working environment. Degree apprentices achieve a full bachelor’s or master’s degree as part of their programme.

On completion of the apprenticeship the apprentice must be competent in the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to undertake a full range of duties appropriate to the job. They must perform tasks confidently and completely to the standard set by the industry.

Employment is a fundamental part of an apprenticeship. An apprentice must be employed in a job role with a productive purpose.

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Associated documents

  • Employers Guide - Apprenticeship Levy Information (Updated JAN 2017)
  • Become An Apprentice Guide
  • Parents Guide to Apprenticeships
  • Why Choose Hartlepool College - Apprenticeship Infographic
  • Apprenticeships are Changing - Flow Chart