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Apprenticeships at Derbyshire

An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised and approved work-based training programme providing the opportunity to learn new skills both on and off the job.

It is fast becoming an effective alternative to traditional routes and provides both practical experience alongside a structured training programme delivered by approved training providers.

An apprenticeship can be utilised to hire someone new or upskill an existing employee. They are a great way to develop individuals with new skills, knowledge and experience in line with both business requirements and individual development.

As an employer, we receive government funding to help pay for the apprenticeship training.

Funding rules

This guidance has been updated in accordance with the latest funding rules (2022 to 2023). The requirement of 20% off-the-job training has changed to at least 6 hours per week for full time apprenticeships starting after 1 August 2022 only.

Types of apprenticeships

Apprenticeships cover different levels, from school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely.

There is a vast number of apprenticeships available across different occupational groups. The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education is an employer-led organisation who provide the standards for apprenticeships and continue to develop new requirements.

Apprenticeship levels:

  • intermediate - level 2 - equivalent to GCSE
  • advanced - level 3 - equivalent to A Level
  • higher - level 4 ,5, 6 and 7 - equivalent to foundation degree and above
  • degree - level 6 and 7 – equivalent to a full bachelor’s or master's degree

Check out the different types of apprenticeship standards at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

Duration varies by occupation from 12 months to over 3 years for a degree level apprenticeship.

  • apprenticeships can be for existing staff not just for new recruits
  • apprentices can be any age
  • apprenticeships can be for staff in entry level roles up to ones that include a degree for staff in professional occupations
  • many apprenticeships are mapped to, and include professional body standards or chartered status
  • 6 hours per week off-the-job training does not always mean time out of the office
  • there's a financial incentive for the employer

Leadership apprenticeships

We also offer leadership apprenticeships in partnership with the University of Derby and Derbyshire Adult Community Education (DACES) to support our leaders and managers as we move forward. These apprenticeships are run on a cohort basis.

There is further information on leadership apprenticeships including application open dates.

Virtual drop-in sessions

We run regular virtual drop-in sessions to support anyone who has a question about apprenticeships at the council.

One session is for line managers who have a direct report either currently completing an apprenticeship or considering applying for one, or you are looking to externally recruit an apprentice.

The other session is for employees who are either currently completing an apprenticeship or are considering applying for an apprenticeship themselves.

There's no agenda, just time we’re putting aside for you to drop in and ask any questions you may have linked to apprenticeships.

If you want to join either of these sessions, here are the joining instructions:

Monday 17 October 2023, 10am to 11am – line managers session

  • meeting ID: 383 407 810 860
  • passcode: A2vFFg

Monday 17 October 2023, 2pm to 3pm – employees session

  • meeting ID: 374 076 058 123
  • passcode: nfNp9U