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Apprenticeships

How do they work?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training. You will earn money whilst learning and will gain a nationally recognised qualification.  Apprenticeships can take between one and six years to complete. The length of the apprenticeship depends on its level, the skills the apprenticeship already has and the industry itself.  The training for the apprenticeship takes place in the workplace and also outside of the workplace at a college or training provider. Again this is dependent on the level and course.

Can I do an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are available to anyone regardless of age and experience. If you are over 16, not in full-time education and living in England then you can do an apprenticeship.

How much can you earn as an apprentice?

Apprenticeship salaries vary depending on the company you work for but you will be paid at least the national minimum wage which is £3.50 per hour, this applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.  Many companies pay a lot higher than this including Eastbourne Borough Council, who pay at least the National Living Wage.  Remember that this is in addition to the cost of the apprenticeship training itself.

Apprenticeships with the Council

We are committed to providing apprenticeship opportunities.

All apprenticeship vacancies at Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Council are advertised on Jobs Go Public and also the Find an Apprenticeship Service.  When you find a job you would like to apply for, download the job details at the bottom of the advert.  This includes the person specification and job description.  You will need to complete the application.  As you go through the application, it will explain what information you need to provide and why.  Please read the guidance notes to help you put across your experience, skills and abilities necessary for the job you apply for.

Other local apprenticeship vacancies

 There are three steps to finding other apprenticeship vacancies:

  1. Go to the Find an Apprenticeship Service

  2. Browse through all of the different apprenticeships and opportunities on offer

  3. Once you have found a job you are interested in, create an account and submit your application

An apprenticeship is a real job. You will be competing with other candidates for the position so it is very important to be prepared for the interview. The National Careers Service provides advice, tips and information on applying for apprenticeships and the recruitment process.