Apprenticeships combine work-based experience with training in technical knowledge and generally last between one and four years. They normally lead to a qualification, such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ); this is normally at Level 2 (or Level 3 for Advanced Apprenticeships.)
Apprenticeships are generally open to any age group, and can help both younger and older people into employment.
The government fully funds apprenticeship training costs for 16 to 18-year-olds and provides up to 50% training costs for 19 to 24-year-olds. It also contributes to training costs for people aged 25 years and over who meet certain criteria.
Want to be an Apprentice?
There are lots of opportunities for apprenticeships out there. To find out about them search for apprenticeships (GOV.UK)
Hampshire County Council also runs its own Apprenticeship scheme.
The scheme has seen apprentices working for a year across departments and in a range of rewarding roles.
Does your Business Need an Apprentice?
Apprentices can help fill your skills gap and deliver real returns to your bottom line. Visit the Apprenticeships pages on GOV.UK for further information. You may be able to get help with costs, through the Government's AGE 16-24 grant (details below)
Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (AGE 16 to 24)
The AGE 16 to 24 grant aims to support eligible employers, who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the apprenticeship programme.
The Skills Funding Agency will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500.
AGE 16 to 24 is now only open to employers with less than 50 employees, who are new to apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an Apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months. Employers can be paid up to 5 grants in total.
The grant will be available, subject to availability, up until December 2015.
Read more about the apprenticeship grant for employers of 16 to 24 year olds.