Information for Learners
What are Apprenticeships?
They are government supported work based training programmes that allow business to develop a skilled, qualified workforce and the learner to develop skills needed for a job, whilst being paid.
Apprenticeships offer the ideal opportunity to learn on the job, develop knowledge and skills and gain nationally recognised qualifications.
How long will it take?
An apprentice is typically a fulltime employee who takes part in on the job training, with day release to a learning environment, dependent on the sector and qualification. They ordinarily take between 12 and 24 months to complete.
What qualifications will I have to do?
Apprenticeships are based on a framework of qualifications that when combined make up the full apprenticeship. These typically comprise of a Diploma in your work subject and a Technical certificate also in your area of work. You may also have to undertake functional skills in Maths, English and ICT.
Other skills or training may be required to suit a particular occupational area.
What is an Apprenticeship framework?
This is a document which covers all the statutory requirements for an Apprenticeship programme in England or Wales
It is used by colleges, employers and training providers to make sure that all Apprenticeship programmes are delivered consistently and therefore to national standards, no matter where in England and Wales the Apprenticeship takes place
It includes the names of all qualifications and what each qualification is worth (their “ credit value”)
It gives guidance on how to get onto an Apprenticeship programme, the time it will take and career paths available after an Apprenticeship.
What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship?
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills.
Apprenticeships are for employers who want a qualified, skilled and loyal workforce.
All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage. The current Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate can be found at https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates.
In the majority of cases apprentices are given full time/permanent contracts during or on completion of the apprenticeship.
How do I become an apprentice?
Lifelong Learning and Skills offer apprenticeships in the following areas.
Red Tape Central, 50 Shoreham St Sheffield S1 4SP Tel 0114 276 1151
ICT application specialist (ICT user).
IT Web and telecoms professionals (ICT technician).
Sheaf Training, Norwood Drive Sheffield S5 7BH Tel 0114 403 1007
Health and Social Care
Hospitality and Catering
The Construction Design Centre, Manor Lane, Sheffield, S2 1TR Tel 0114 203 7102
Painting and decorating
Sheffield Engineering Centre, Unit 18 Jessops Riverside Brightside Lane Sheffield S9 2RX Tel 0114 244 4552
To apply for any of the above contact the centre or for more details on apprenticeships go to: