What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with training. It allows the apprentice to earn a wage while learning specific skills and gaining recognised qualifications.

It requires the equivalent of one day per week in some form of training. Apprenticeships can be taken up at any age and not just by 16-25 year-olds. It is also possible for existing staff to take up an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship strategy

Apprenticeships are a key priority for the LEP and play a vital role in growing our local economy, as evidenced in our Strategic Economic Plan.

We aim to increase the total percentage of young people aged 16-24 years in employment with training including apprenticeships and traineeships up to the national average. We also aim to achieve a balance between apprenticeship and traineeship vacancies and the demand for places.

We will work towards these aims by increasing apprenticeship opportunities, supporting potential apprentices and ensuring quality provision.

Find out more about what we are doing to support apprenticeships in Hertfordshire by reading our full Apprenticeship Strategy, also available under Key Documents below.

Apprenticeship Levy

The Apprenticeship Levy came into force in April 2017 as part of the Government’s plan to increase the quantity and quality of apprenticeships.

It requires all employers with a pay bill of over £3m to invest in apprenticeships. From May 2018, employers that pay the apprenticeship levy will have the option to fund an apprentice in another organisation, giving them more flexibility over how they spend their apprenticeship service funds. Learn more about transferring apprenticeship service funds and find out what the Apprenticeship Levy means for businesses.

Government plans

Read the Government’s plan for how it will increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships, achieving its target of three million by 2020.

View English Apprenticeships – Our 2020 Vision