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Apprenticeships for employees

Apprenticeships are the preferred approach to developing existing employees.

The range of available apprenticeships is expanding not only in vocational and occupational areas covered but also with more higher and degree level apprenticeships becoming available. This provides us with an opportunity to consider a broader range of approaches to developing employees. Using apprenticeships to reskill or develop the competence of existing employees will maximise the use of the available funding.

Supporting apprenticeships for existing employees will support departmental discussions regarding workforce development planning.

Applications for funding should evidence compliance with the funding criteria by providing detailed responses in the relevant sections of the AP1 apprenticeship application form attached to this page.

Apprenticeship application form for employees with a email address Apprenticeship application form for employees without a email address

The approval process enables departmental management teams to address their key skills development areas and prioritise apprenticeship levy spending accordingly.

Existing employees approved to undertake an apprenticeship will remain on their current terms and conditions.

You can search for all apprenticeships that are available by occupational groupor search for specific detail of any apprenticeship that is available or in development.

Application process

  1. employee and line manager discuss individual development needs through their 'My Plan' and consider whether an apprenticeship would be available and appropriate
  2. if so employee and manager complete the relevant sections of the digital apprenticeship application and submit this for approval. All relevant sections should be completed providing detailed and personalised responses as directed
  3. once applications have been electronically submitted they are then forwarded to each departmental management team for consideration and prioritisation
  4. if your application is approved by your departmental management team the talent development team will confirm funding availability and initiate the learning provider procurement process if required
  5. should there be conflicting priorities or requests which exceed available funding then further liaison will take place with the appropriate department to identify and agree a satisfactory resolution

Team leader (level 3), leadership and management apprenticeships (level 5 and 6) and senior leader apprenticeship

Boldness, innovation, embracing change and thinking and doing things differently are all essential to our success in achieving our collective vision for Derbyshire. While supporting personal aspirations and continuous professional development, the benefits that leadership development offers are far reaching.

To support our leaders move forward as an enterprising and dynamic council we're working in partnership with the University of Derby to deliver higher and degree level leadership and management apprenticeship programme  and with DACES to deliver the Team Leader.

Both the Team Leader and Leadership and Management apprenticeships are delivered on a cohort basis and you can find full details on how to apply and the closing date for the next available cohorts on our leadership and management apprenticeship.

Contacts for queries or further clarification

All enquiries, email

Adult health and social care and children's services department enquiries contact Kate Bussell, email: or tel: 07790 396218.

Commissioning, communities and policy, and environment, transport and economy department enquiries contact Ian McFadyen, email or tel: 01629 536241.

For queries relating to team leader (level 3) degree or higher level leadership and management apprenticeships only (level 5, 6 and 7), please contact Steve Smith, email or Melanie Crisp, email