An apprenticeship is an on-the-job training arrangement, developed by industry and supported by both the employer and learning provider, which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.
We are committed to working with our partners to reduce the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training, and work closely with learning providers including:
- Plymouth City College
- Accountancy Plus
- College of Art and Design
They provide apprenticeship opportunities across a broad range of areas including Business Administration, Customer Services, Horticulture and Catering.
Apprentices can make a significant contribution.
The University of Warwick Institute of Employment Research found that the costs of apprenticeship training are recouped relatively quickly and that where the investment is nurtured, the returns are significant.
In a 2009 Learning and Skills Council survey of UK businesses:
- 81 per cent said that employing apprentices generated higher overall productivity for their company.
- 92 per cent said that their apprenticeship programme better motivated staff and increased job satisfaction.
- 74 per cent said that apprentices tended to be more loyal, remaining at their company longer than non-apprentices.
Apprenticeships are not just short-term development arrangements – some apprentices go on to take up permanent roles and careers with the Council.
Information for managers who are interested in creating an apprenticeship is below along with additional useful contact information.