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Employer Information

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships include a mixture of on-the-job and off-the-job training and can be used to train both new members of staff and existing employees.

Sussex Skills Solutions

We work closely with Sussex Skills Solutions to fit the right apprentice with the right employer. If you want more information about hiring an apprentice, view Sussex Skills Solutions website here.

How do Apprenticeships work?

At Sussex Coast College Hastings, we work collaboratively with employers in delivering the job training and qualifications that Apprentices need to complete their Apprenticeship Framework.

Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industry sectors, with employers ranging from large national companies to small local businesses, and all Apprenticeship training programmes are designed by the Sector wkills Councils, who work with business representatives from the relevant industry sector to develop the course content.

Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week unless there are exceptional circumstances, and an Apprentice's time is divided between working with their employer and undertaking training with the college. For example, some apprentices spend four days a week with their employer for their part of the programme.

Apprenticeship programmes are made up of a framework of qualifications, with five main components of learning and development: 

Technical Certificate: A taught qualification, designed to develop the essential skills and knowledge needed to be competent at the job role.

Main Aim: An assessed qualification, designed to judge the application of skills and knowledge to a competent level.

Functional Skills: The application of essential communication and numeracy skills in the job role including personal learning and thinking skills.

Employer Rights and Responsibilities: Knowledge of what is needed to comply with essential employment legislation to ensure fairness, equality, and health and safety in the workplace.

Personal Learning and Thinking: This is a new requirement for inclusion in an Apprenticeship framework and covers 6 areas of independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective learning, team working, self management and effective participation.

Apprenticeship programmes come in 3 different levels:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships
  • Higher Apprenticeships

The duration of Apprenticeships vary as they have been developed specifically for the relevant sector and job role, however they usually take anything between one year and four years to complete.

Please call us on 01424 458430 for more specific information.

What funding is available?

Apprenticeships are an effective and affordable way to provide training for your staff. Our apprenticeship partnership will provide your Apprentices with all the training they need and is free of charge to those under 19 years old at the start of their programme. As the employer, you are responsible for paying the Apprentice’s wages, to cover their time spent working and also their time spent training as a part of the Apprenticeship programme. The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is currently £2.68 per hour, although many employers do pay more.

AGE 16 to 24 has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice. AGE 16 to 24 is available until 31st December 2014, subject to eligibility and availability. 

The AGE 16 to 24 Grant for Employers aims to support businesses who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment though the Apprenticeship programme. The National Apprenticeship Service will provide AGE 16 to 24 to eligible employers, in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1,500. AGE 16 to 24 targets employers with less than 1000 employees, who are new to Apprenticeships or haven't enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an Apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months.

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What are the benefits?

Apprenticeships deliver for businesses and help them grow by:

  • Reducing training and recruitment costs
  • Increasing productivity and your bottom line
  • Developing a skilled, motivated and qualified workforce
  • Improving costomer service results
  • Providing financial return on investment.

More than 100,000 employers, in over 160,000 workplaces, currently use Apprenticeships to attract new talent, re-skill existing staff and tackle skill shortages. Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors in England. Employment is a fundamental part of an Apprenticeship. An apprentice must be employed in a job role with a productive purpose.

Improve Your Bottom Line

Apprenticeships deliver real returns to your bottom line, helping to improve productivity and competitiveness. Training apprentices can also be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.

Fill Your Skills Gaps

Apprenticeships deliver skills designed around your business needs providing the skilled workers you need for the future. They also help you develop the specialist skills you need to keep pace with the latest technology and working practices in your sector.

Motivate your workforce

Apprentices tend to be eager, motivated, flexible and loyal to the company that invested in them. Remember, an apprentice is with you because they want to be – they have made an active choice to learn on the job and a commitment to a specific career.

What do I do next?

  • Contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01424 458340
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For more information, please visit the Apprenticeships website.



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Sometimes it can be difficult to decide the right level at which to study. The guide below will help you work which level is best for you.

Entry Level

These courses are for students who want to start progressing up the qualifications levels or have no previous qualifications.

Vocational Level 1

You must have a mixture of grades E to G at GCSE to study at this level.

Vocational Level 2

You must have two grade D's and two grade E's at GCSE or a relevant level 1 qualification to study at this level.

Vocational Level 3

These courses are equivalent to A levels, you must have at least four GCSE's at grade C or above or a relevant level 2 qualification.

A Levels

A levels are level 3 courses, you must have or expect 5 A-C grades at GCSE level including Maths and English.
Foundation Degree and Degree Our university courses typically require a relevant level 3 qualification or 120 UCAS points.