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Introduction to Apprenticeships

East Sussex County Council are committed to offering all of its staff the chance to develop their skills and experience and gain professional qualifications, with the aim of leading to a long and rewarding career within the council.

When joining the council, you are joining an organisation that seeks to grow our own professionals of tomorrow. We do this through apprenticeships alongside other training and development and  mentoring support.

We have had over 300 staff gain professional vocational qualifications in this way in the past 5 years. There are apprenticeships at all levels of the council, and all at no cost to staff.

Most roles will not be advertised as an apprenticeship as you can do an apprenticeship in any role! If you see a job advertised at the council that is not an apprenticeship, ask the recruiting manager if doing the apprenticeship qualification can be added to the job.

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Apprenticeships are a great way to develop a broad range of experience, build confidence and kick start a journey of professional learning and development. They also help gain valuable work-based skills.

There are apprenticeships available for people of all levels of skill and experience at East Sussex County Council. So, whether you are taking the first steps in your career with us, taking a change in direction or wanting to undertake development training to build on your existing skills there is an apprenticeship for you.

This means being able to access training at no financial cost to you and also gives you the chance to earn a competitive market salary while gaining professional qualifications.

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The benefits of doing an apprenticeship include:

  • Gaining nationally recognised qualifications while earning a salary
  • Having your training fully funded with no financial cost to you
  • Taking the first step onto a career path or gaining a qualification that reflects your existing experience or helps you to progress
  • Enhanced possible future potential and career development
  • The opportunity to do more than one apprenticeship as your career progresses
  • Potential training up to masters degree level
  • Support at every stage of the journey

What types of apprenticeships are there available?

Not sure which apprenticeship to go for? For inspiration, take a look at the wide range of apprenticeships listed here: Apprenticeship search / Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education

There are many different types of apprenticeships available in all sorts of areas. Anyone interested in becoming an apprentice can find out more by calling 0800 0150 400 or visiting Apprenticeships – GOV.UK.

If you are aged 16 to 19 and require further support, please contact the East Sussex Youth Employability Service (YES) on 01323 410803 or 01424 722045, or message them at facebook.com/yeseastsussex.

What support do you get as an apprentice?

All apprentices are supported by their line manager and training provider throughout the apprenticeship. There will be a clearly outlined schedule of learning and time away from the daily duties of the role to concentrate solely on apprenticeship training. In addition to this, there may also be an additional mentor on hand within the team the apprentice is working in. The council’s Apprenticeship Team are also on hand to assist.

To complete an apprenticeship, the candidate will need to either already have or gain qualifications in English and Maths. Anyone that needs to do that will get additional support from the councils Libraries Services for free. If you have not applied for a role or apprenticeship at East Sussex County Council but would like to gain these qualifications, you can! Just follow the link: Learning Services | East Sussex Libraries (spydus.co.uk)

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If you would like to find out more about apprenticeships or would like to sign up for our weekly job alerts, please email the apprentice team at apprenticeships@eastsussex.gov.uk

Apprenticeship levy transfers

Apply for apprenticeship transfer funding from East Sussex County Council.

Apprenticeship training funding

The apprenticeship levy is giving East Sussex County Council (ESCC) the opportunity to invest in high quality training, helping to recruit apprentices and develop existing employees for our future economy.

As a large levy-paying employer, the council can transfer up to 25% of its apprenticeship levy funding to other employers for their apprenticeship training, helping to further boost the number of employers having apprenticeships in East Sussex.

Who can receive transferred funds?

We can transfer funds to employers for new apprentices, for existing staff who would like to develop their skills through apprenticeship training.

Employers eligible for funding should be East Sussex based or can apply if the apprentice has an East Sussex connection.

Priorities for funding

All applications will be viewed on a first come first served basis. You can apply for funding for multiple apprenticeships; however, we cannot guarantee that we can fund them all. Application approval is subject to availability, and it may be necessary to prioritise.

Considerations for applying for levy transfer funding.

To apply, you’ll need to confirm:

  • your apprentice(s) place of work is in East Sussex, or they currently live in East Sussex.
  • your apprentice(s) will be employed for at least the duration of their apprenticeship.
  • They are undertaking an appropriate apprenticeship standard featured on the Institute for apprenticeships
  • you have set up a digital apprenticeship account
  • you have a planned start date and duration of the apprenticeship training.

As a transfer receiving employer you are responsible for:

  • meeting the requirements in the apprenticeship funding rules on GOV.UK
  • accepting the invite from ESCC to connect our digital accounts
  • adding your apprentice/s using transfer fundsto your digital account and submitting these within three months of your application being accepted by us
  • keeping us informed when a learner ceases their apprenticeship training or takes a break.

The opportunity to apply for funding is open continuously, depending on funds remaining available. We will contact you within 15 working days of the form submission to inform you whether your application was successful.

How to apply.

Contact the apprenticeship team directly at apprenticeships@eastsussex.gov.uk with your initial enquiry and the team will then send an application form and book an initial appointment to discuss your needs.

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