What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. An apprentice will need to:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • Study towards a related qualification
  • Apprenticeships take between 1-4 years to complete depending on their level and subject

Who is eligible?

  • Be aged 16 or over on the first day of training (no longer age limited)
  • Hold a full British passport, have indefinite leave to remain or have lived in the EU continuously for three years or more.
  • If you are a graduate you must be undertaking an Apprenticeship in a different field.
  • Work more than 30 hours a week on at least a 1 year  fixed term contract.
  • Can be new staff joining the organisation or existing staff.

Lewisham Apprenticeship and Workforce Development Fund

From April 1st the Lewisham Council have ring-fenced £90,000 per annum for Lewisham Businesses and Charities. This can be used to:

1. Recruit A New Apprentice

  • Front end recruitment completed by the Apprenticeship Coordinator at no cost
  • Training sourced and arranged by Apprenticeship Coordinator
  • Training Cost Covered by the Levy

2. Upskill Existing Staff

  • Training sourced and arranged by Apprenticeship Coordinator
  • Training Cost Covered by the Levy

What is the training apprentices need?

There are hundreds of Apprenticeship Standards from level 2 right through to Master Degree level including: Accountancy, Project Management, Bid Writing, Digital Medi etc. See Full List of Training Standards

What support is available for my organisation and the apprentice?

  • The Apprenticeship Coordinator is the point of contact for all apprentices on the Programme. This role primarily supports apprentices in their day to day, liaising with managers, training providers and other stakeholders
  • Forum: – There is also an Apprenticeship forum every month for 1 hour although attendance is not mandatory
  • Council Resources: – Job descriptions, Managers Induction Packs, FAQ’s, Example Contract Wording, Learning Agreements etc

Find out more…

Contact apprenticeships@lewisham.gov.uk or 020 8314 6452

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