Here you will find information about what an apprenticeship is and how to get involved and apply.
What is an apprenticeship?
The apprenticeship programme is a formal training programme that is undertaken with employment. You will follow either an Apprenticeship Standard or an Apprenticeship Framework. These set of the skills, knowledge, aptitudes, and in some cases the qualifications you need to do a particular job.
- be employed within the Council or a local business we work with
- earn a wage not less than the minimum wage for an apprentice / my age
- follow a structured training programme
- receive both on and off the job training
- develop their skills to ensure they can do the job well
As an apprentice, you’ll undertake your programme during your normal work time. Your employer will be expected to release you to study at least one day a week in our training centre as part of your paid time at work.
Although the programme can be demanding, it is also extremely rewarding and career progression for apprentices is excellent. Over 90% of our apprentices move into a higher apprenticeship or full employment on completion.
What level of apprenticeship are available?
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.
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||4,5,6 and 7
||Foundation degree and above
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||Bachelor’s or master’s degree
We offer Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree apprenticeships.
How are apprentices supported?
Dedicated Lecturing Team
You will meet a series of lecturers throughout your programme.
The first lecturer you will meet will take you through the induction and initial assessment workshops. After this you will be handed on to a lecturer, who specialises in your apprenticeship area. They will stay with you for all of your programme wherever possible. They will be your coach, they will organise your off the job training, they will visit you at your job, providing advice, guidance, training and assessment. They will review your progress with you and the employer at regular intervals.
Apprenticeship Mentor Team
The apprenticeship mentor team works across Northumberland ensuring that you are supported in your workplace. There are also specialist mentors in the team who work with learners who have special educational needs or are looked after children. Their role is to ensure you are safe and happy in the workplace, you are meeting the employer’s standards and code of conduct, you are progressing well and that your welfare needs are being met. The team provide individual pastoral support, coaching and mentoring to help you succeed as well as organising extra-curricular activities for apprentices through the various phases of the programme.
Apprenticeship Support & Counselling Service by Remploy
This new free service supports apprentices who are feeling low, upset and struggling to keep up with their apprenticeship. It is completely confidential and run by fully trained professionals with expertise in mental health.
By working in partnership with Access to Work; a Job Centre Plus scheme, Remploy are delivering this service in England to apprentices who are affected by a mental health condition in the workplace.
An expert from Remploy will provide apprentices with personal, emotional wellbeing support and advice for six months, and help individuals cope better so they can concentrate on their apprenticeship. They will help develop a step-by- step support plan to keep apprentices on track and advise on some workplace adjustments.
How long do apprenticeships take?
The time taken to complete an apprenticeship programme depends on the apprenticeship you are following, how much experience and skill you already have and how quickly you can progress through your training.
Apprenticeships last a minimum of 12 months and normally take:
- 12 to 15 months at level two
- 15 to 18 months at level three
- 18 months or more at level four and higher
How much will my apprenticeship training cost?
Apprentices are not asked for a contribution towards their training costs. The training costs will be met by the employer.
What subjects can I do?
It's much more important with Apprenticeships that we find the right career or trade for you, rather than just thinking about the subjects. However the sorts of subjects we can offer are summarised below:
BUSINESS, COMMERCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- Business administration
- Customer Service
- Team Leading
- Information Technology
- Leisure operations
CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING
- Maintenance operations
- Highways maintenance
- Carpentry and joinery
- Painting and decorating
- Roofline products
- Fitted Interiors
- Building maintenance
- Construction site supervision
- Cycle mechanics
CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS AND MEDIA
- Digital and creative media
- Supporting teaching and learning
- Specialist teaching support
- Coaching and Mentoring
- Further education teaching
HEALTH AND CARE
- Adult care
- Child care: Early Years Educator and Residential
- Social work
HOSPITALITY AND CATERING
- professional cookery
- food production and cooking
- food preparation and cooking
- hospitality services
SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES
- Cultural heritage
I am already employed but need to train - can I apply for an apprenticeship?
If you are needing to train because your job role has changed, then yes you can.
Telephone the apprenticeship team on 01670 622114 or email your details to email@example.com
and we will guide you through the steps to get involved in apprenticeships.
You’ll also need confirmation from your employer that they will support you to do your apprenticeship, are willing to pay the apprenticeship training costs involved and guarantee to continue to pay your salary while you study. Once they have confirmed this, your employer will be asked to sign a contract for services for your apprenticeship training to start.
I don't have an employer yet, how can I get an apprenticeship?
We work with employers across the area to find real job opportunities with real prospects where you can start an apprenticeship. We advertise our apprenticeship vacancies online at
You can apply for an apprenticeship if you are:
- 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
- living in England
- not in full-time education
We welcome applications from all ages.
You can apply for an apprenticeship any time.
How to apply
There are 3 steps to applying for an apprenticeship.
- Search for an apprenticeship with the apprenticeship service where you will see all vacancies from all providers
- Sign in or create an account on the apprenticeship service site.
Search for the vacancy you want to apply for. Complete and submit your application.
I’ve applied for an apprenticeship vacancy, what happens next?
Once you’ve submitted your online application it will be sent direct to us if it is a vacancy we are offering. We’ll assess it with the employer.
To be considered for an interview, you must first attend a screening day where we will look at your:
- English, maths, ICT and problem solving skills
- attitudes towards equality, diversity, safeguarding, health and safety
You will then receive a one-to-one interview to see if you are ready for the demands of an apprenticeship. Interviews are competitive against other applicants.
If successful, you will be offered conditional employment, subject to satisfactory references, medical clearances and where relevant a DBS clearnance. Once we have these confirmed and you are cleared to start work, a start date will be offered by the employer and we will give you an induction on your first day. The employer will pay your salary from the first day on the programme.
If you are unsuccessful, we will advise you on alternative apprenticeships available or other suitable training programmes.
Where can I get more information on apprenticeships?
More information is available from our Apprenticeships and Traineeships team. You can cal 01670 622114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I be paid?
Yes. New apprentices will be paid at or above the national minimum wage.
If you’re an existing member of staff in a company and you start an apprenticeship, you will be paid your normal salary while you work and study.
Click here for current information about the national minimum wage
Apprentices are often paid monthly, directly into a nominated bank account. You’ll need to budget for your first month until you receive your first pay.
If you currently receive benefits and want to be employed as an apprentice, you may wish to discuss the impact this could have on your benefits with the Department for Work and Pensions.