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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

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