Our NEW Employer Guide details eveything you need to know, as an employer, about apprenticeships.

Employer Guide

*The Chancellor has today (3.3.2021) announced he is doubling this incentive payment to £3,000 for EVERY apprentice, regardless of age.*

Following the government's announcement, there has never been a better time to employ an apprentice. From 1 August 2020 to 31 March 2021, employers in England will be entitled to new payments of £2,000 for each new apprentice they hire aged under-25, and £1,500 for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over. These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16 to 18-year-old apprentices, and those aged under-25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (where that applies). 

With 75% of employers reporting that an apprentice has helped their business improve the quality of their product or service, get in touch with us today to find out how we can help you find the right apprentice for your business. Email: apprenticeships@stephensoncoll.ac.uk 

Due to the current situation involving COVID-19, we have had to make some changes to our application process for Apprenticeships.We encourage you to continue applying for apprenticeships using the link below. However, as it is not possible to invite applicants into College for our Information & Assessment sessions, these are now being conducted by video call using Microsoft Teams.


 View all of our current apprenticeship vacancies


 For further information about our apprenticeships email us on: apprenticeships@stephensoncoll.ac.uk


Want to earn why you learn? An apprenticeship could be for you!

Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity to earn while you learn, and improve your job prospects. You spend one day in college and the rest of the week developing your practical skills and knowledge on the job.

Who can become an Apprentice?

You must be 16 or over, living in England and not in Full-Time education.

You also need an employer to sponsor your Apprenticeship. If you are not employed we will match your details against any vacancies we have on file while you also apply for jobs.

Why become an Apprentice?

You will be paid for working and training in an area you enjoy, receiving a minimum of £4.30 per hour.

With this great foundation to build on you will have a wide range of options available to you in the future.

How long is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships take between 13 months and 48 months depending on your ability and your employers' requirements.

What qualifications can I achieve?

  • An NVQ (QCF) Level 2 or NVQ (QCF) Level 3
  • A Technical Certificate
  • Functional Skills including Literacy and Numeracy
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities 

As an apprentice you will:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job-specific skills
  • Earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • Study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

In order to undertake an Apprenticeship you will need to have a job with a contract of employment for at least 30 hours per week or have a firm offer of employment within your chosen occupational area. If you don’t have a job and are looking for an apprenticeship vacancy please visit the National Apprenticeship Service website www.apprenticeships.org.uk and register your details. We will be able to support you in finding an Apprenticeship placement, so get in touch today.

Level of apprenticeships:

Name Level Equivalent
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes A* - C
Advanced  3 2 A level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6 & 7 Foundation Degree and above
Degree 6 & 7 Bachelor's / Masters Degree

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