Eastbourne Jobs Hub : Apprenticeships

Published: 10 Sep 2015 By Eastbourne Jobs Hub

Are you ready to be an Apprentice?

Information for candidates

Information for employers

Useful links



Are you ready to be an apprentice?
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If you want to discuss your options why not pop into the Eastbourne Jobs Hub at Eastbourne Library, and have a chat or phone to book an appointment.

Address: Eastbourne Library, Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4TL.
Telephone: 01323 464548
Email: EastbourneJobsHub@eastsussex.gov.uk

If you’re:

  • About to leave school or college and want to start earning a living
  • Looking for a job with training
  • Wondering where your career is taking you

An apprenticeship could be the best start to your new career. An apprenticeship gives you the chance to learn the skills you need to succeed while earning a wage at the same time.

As an apprentice you’ll spend most of the week in the workplace learning practical skills and attend college one day a week to learn the theory side of your job, along with other useful skills that you might need in the workplace such as IT and communication skills. You are supported throughout by both your employer and training provider.


Parker Building Supplies - One of our Founding Partners do a lot of construction work in the East Sussex area.

For Apprenticeship vacancies in Eastbourne:
Click here to view opportunities from LoveLocalJobs.com

Click here to view opportunities from National Apprenticeship Service

Click here to view opportunities from Apprenticeships In Sussex

What are Apprenticeships?

  • Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. 
  • Off the job, apprentices receive training on a day-release basis working towards nationally recognised qualifications.
  • On the job, apprentices receive training and support in the workplace.
  • Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply to be an Apprentice. 
  • Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. 
  • The minimum salary is £3.30 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more. 

Key Benefits:
Earn a salary, get paid holidays, receive training, gain qualifications and learn job-specific skills.

What do they get out of it?
There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. Individuals can earn while they learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to them – through hands-on experience on the job.

Earnings 
Research shows that apprentices earn, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their lifetime than other employees. 

Support during training 
Their employer or training provider will make sure they have support. Our job is to ensure that the apprentice's training fits their personal requirements, offers the skills needed for the job and satisfies national standards. 

Prospects 
Apprenticeships train apprentices in the skills employers need, they give them choices in their career. When they’ve finished they can carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university.

A choice of industries and employers 
Apprenticeships have been developed by a wide range of industry sectors and Sussex Coast College Hastings and Sussex Downs College offer Apprenticeships in a range of industries including Accounting, Beauty Therapy, Bricklaying, Business Admin and Office Work, Carpentry and Joinery, Childcare and Playwork, Customer Service, Electrical, Hospitality and much more.

The right one for the individual will depend on interests, experience and the opportunities in their area. 

Watch this video on what it's like to be an apprentice from East Sussex County Council.

For career advice and information, you may wish to check out these employability sites for young people, the Brighton Employability Advice & Careers Hut (BEACH) and Take OFF. 

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Information for candidates
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How old do I have to be?
If you are aged 16 or over and living in England, you can start an apprenticeship. Depending on your existing skills and qualifications, you can undertake an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship, an Advanced Level Apprenticeship or a Higher Level Apprenticeship.

How long does an apprenticeship take?
The length of an apprenticeship varies according to which level you are undertaking, which industry you are in, and your current level of skill but generally it will take between one and four years to complete.

What will I get paid?
All apprentices who are employed receive a wage, which is paid by their employer and depends on their level of skills and experience. Research has found that apprentices earn an average of £178 net pay per week, which is above the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage £3.30 per hour, which applies to all 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. If you reach age 19 and have completed the first year of your Apprenticeship your employer must pay you at least the full NAMW rate for those aged 18 to 20. If you are already 19 and have completed the first year of your Apprenticeship you must be paid at least the NMW rate for your age.

What if I already have a job?
If your employer agrees, you can become an apprentice in the job that you currently hold, subject to there being a National Framework. If you change employers during your apprenticeship you should be able to continue with your programme with your new employer.

What skills will I learn?
An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a ‘framework’ - a National Vocational Qualification (Level 2 for Intermediate Level Apprenticeships, Level 3 for Advanced Level Apprenticeships, Level 4 for Higher Apprenticeships), key transferable skills including numeracy and communication, and a relevant Technical Certificate. The learning provider provides the knowledge and develops skills while the employer provides the practical experience to put those skills to the test. Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in a workplace, depending on the subject and on the learning provider.

What do employers think of apprenticeships?
Employers welcome the enthusiasm that an apprentice can bring to their company and the chance to nurture new talent. Completing an apprenticeship also shows commitment and self discipline. Above all, business leaders recognise the value of gaining industry specific experience within the workplace and many offer their apprentice a full time position on completion of their training.

What other opportunities can an apprenticeship lead to? 
Career progression is excellent for apprentices, and over the course of their careers, those with an apprenticeship earn, on average, £100,000 more than those without. Once the Apprenticeship has finished there’s the opportunity to carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university - some apprenticeships already attract UCAS points.

How can I find an Apprenticeship?
For more information and support on Apprenticeships, please visit Apprenticeships in Sussex.

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Information for employers
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How old does an apprentice have to be?
If you are aged 16 or over and living in England, you can start an apprenticeship. Depending on your existing skills and qualifications, you can undertake an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship, an Advanced Level Apprenticeship or a Higher Level Apprenticeship.

What are the benefits for my business?
Apprenticeships are one of the fastest-growing ways of increasing capability in a business. Heavily supported by central government, they are an affordable way to gain an employee and support young people as they take their first steps into work. Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne and Lewes and Sussex Coast College Hastings are able to offer apprenticeship programmes in a variety of sectors. To find out more, contact Sussex Downs College’s Employer Engagement team on: 030 300 39474 or email employertraining@sussexdowns.ac.uk, or Sussex Coast College’s Work-based Learning team on: 01424 458317 or email apprenticeships@sussexcoast.ac.uk.

Apprenticeships are a cost effective way to add new talent to your business. Skills shortages are still one of the biggest threats to the UK economy and even in difficult financial times, apprenticeships enable you to grow your business, giving you a competitive advantage to help you exploit new business opportunities. The investment you make in an apprentice is repaid many times over, with a survey by Populus in 2009 finding 81% of companies reporting better productivity after hiring an apprentice. The survey also found that 92% of companies employing an apprentice found it led to more motivated staff and increased job satisfaction.

Is there a cost involved?
Like all employees, apprentices are paid a wage. However, the Skills Funding Agency will match the employer’s commitment to hiring an apprentice by covering the training costs in full (for 16 to 18 year olds) or in part (up to 50% for those aged 19 to 24). A contribution will also be made towards training for those aged 25+.

Is there a financial incentive for SMEs?
Yes. From April 2012, organisations with fewer than 50 employees who take on their first apprentice aged 16 to 24 may receive a £1,500 grant, payable in two parts. Please call us for further details of eligibility, which will be available soon.

Can an existing employee undertake an apprenticeship?
Yes, if you have an existing staff member who would benefit from further training, contact us to find out more.

How long do apprenticeships last?
The duration of an apprenticeship depends on several factors including the level undertaken and the apprentice’s existing skills and qualifications, however the majority take between one and four years to complete.

How are the frameworks developed?
The qualifications within each ‘framework’ are developed by Sector Skills Councils who work with employers within their industry to ensure the qualifications are both relevant and up-to-date. If there doesn’t seem to be an apprenticeship that fits your business, please check with us to see whether one can be developed.

Is there a maximum number of apprentices I can employ?
No, you can take on as many apprentices as your organisation needs.

Is there an upper age limit?
There is no upper age limit for apprentices, however funding towards the cost of training your apprentice will differ, as above, depending on their age.

How much time will my apprentice spend at college? 
All apprenticeships vary, however an apprentice would usually spend one day or evening a week in college and the rest of the time would be spent in the workplace.

How can I find the right candidate?
For more information and support on Apprenticeships, please visit Apprenticeships in Sussex.

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Useful links
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General information: 

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Other useful links
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Apprenticeships In Sussex
Apprenticeships In Sussex is a service run by the Sussex Council of Training Providers on behalf of 50 apprenticeship training organisations. The website enables searching for apprenticeship training organisations by occupation, nearest local town and apprenticeship level and contains a wealth of information about apprenticeships. The events service supports schools, job centres and employers with information about apprenticeships in the form of presentations or exhibiting at careers events.


Crossland and Dudson Training
Crossland and Dudson Training is a Training provider that also offers Employability courses and help with finding our students jobs via “Jobs on the Grapevine”. Our aim is to help provide students with IT training and to address any employability skills they may need help with and help to find employment.


East Sussex Community Information Service (ESCIS)
ESCIS stands for East Sussex Community Information Service. It is a computer database of local and community information developed and managed by the Library and Information Services of East Sussex County Council in association with Brighton and Hove Library Service. It is a free resource for everyone. It is free to be listed and free to use.


East Sussex Credit Union
The friendly face of Community Banking owned by the members, investing in East Sussex.


Edeal Enterpise Agency
We provide govt funded start-up workshops and business mentoring free of charge. We also run the successful Eastbourne Borough Market every Sunday and Wednesday in Terminus Road by Bill’s.
Call us for a pitch.


Furniture Now!
Local charity helping the unemployed into work and providing free training and volunteer opportunities.


Need some advice from your local Jobcentre Plus?  
Jobcentre Plus supports people of working age to move from welfare into work, and helps employers by finding people with the right skills to apply for vacancies. Eastbourne Jobcentre has Job HQ, a very large room which can be used for training or meetings, to view this contact Simon King on 01323 413209.


JTL
JTL delivers Electrical, plumbing, H&V, engineering and Motor rewind apprenticeships, working with local employers and local colleges for the best results nationally.


Sussex Coast College Hastings
Sussex Coast College Hastings provides further education to 16 – 18 year olds, Apprenticeships as well as adult learners. 


Sussex Community Development Association
01273 516347
We are a charity organisation who work with the long term unemployed, we offer a range of opportunities to our clients. We also offer a free recruitment service to employers.


Sussex Downs College
Sussex Downs College provides high quality education and training across all ages and sectors of the community.


Working Rite
We help 16-19 year olds who need support into sustained employment, apprenticeships or purposeful learning. We do this through individually matched work placements with local employers.


Youth Employability Service (YES)
The Youth Employability Service (YES) support young people 16-18 into Education, Employment or Training. Our Skills and Employability Advisers work with young people to support them to overcome any barriers they feel they have which are preventing them moving into education, employment or training.


YMCA Training
We offer apprenticeships in Childcare, Health and Social Care and Administration. We also provide training for existing staff to gain their NVQ qualifications in these sectors.

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