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Get your future off to a flying start with an apprenticeship

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Learn and earn with an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships offer a great way for young people aged 16-24 and adult learners to train in a real job, gaining a real qualification and laying the foundations for a successful future. Apprentices are paid a nationally agreed rate of £2.68 per hour.

Courses are available in a wide range of businesses:

  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
  • Arts, Media and Publishing
  • Business, Administration and Law
  • Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
  • Education and Training
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Health, Public Services and Care
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Leisure, Travel and Tourism
  • Retail and Commercial Enterprise.

Qualifications are normally to National Vocational Qualification level 2/3, administered by local training providers. The National Apprenticeship Service has a list of local providers or call 08000 150 600.

By learning, working and earning you’ll get the skills and work experience to land the job you really want.

How to apply for an apprenticeship

Applying for an apprenticeship is easy – visit the National Apprenticeship Service website.

Why apprenticeships matter: what apprentices say

Apprentices share their stories.

Tom’s story

Apprentice Tom Hill

Tom joined Caterway in January 2012 as a warehouse apprentice, learning about stock control and preparing customer consignments. By working hard and excelling in his attitude, Tom has now moved up to a Level 2 Business Administration role with the firm. 

Tom says: “I had been out of work for some time and was grateful to get the opportunity to join an expanding company like Caterway through the apprenticeship scheme.  It’s been hard work but I’ve enjoyed it and it’s enabled me to grow within the business through my efforts to set me up for a long career.”

Rosie’s story

Apprentice Rosie Bilton

19 year old Rosie joined Newark based UK Waste Solutions (UKWSL) as an apprentice in WHEN and has not looked back. 

Now working as an accounts administrator, Rosie has been entered by her employers for the National Apprentice of the Year, thanks to her hard work, positive outlook, confidence and punctuality. She is also training for a professional qualification with the Association of Accounting Technicians.

Rose says: “I’d urge local employers to give apprenticeships a go. Young people are keen to work and keen to learn. When I left school I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. Working with UKWSL has helped me get a role I’d never dreamt of and given me confidence to make a difference to the company.”

Mark’s story

A former jobbing painter and decorator, Mark struggled to find secure employment.  Deciding a career in farming was for him, Mark spent months trying to find temporary work, finally securing a voluntary farm hand role in the summer of 2012 in Screveton, Nottinghamshire.

After just 8 weeks work, Mark was offered an animal farming apprenticeship and won the Nottinghamshire Land Based Agricultural Apprentice of the Year award in 2012.

” I have learnt so much about animal husbandry I now couldn’t imagine being in any other job” said Mark. “It’s definitely going to be my career.”

Say yes to an apprentice and you could be eligible for a grant of up to £1,500

More information for businesses

Why apprenticeships work for business

Say yes to an apprentice

Apprentices can help to:

  • grow your business
  • nurture local talent
  • meet young people who want to earn and learn

The County Council is offering grants of up to £1,500 to encourage small to medium sized businesses to hire an apprentice for the first time. Find out how local businesses are benefitting from taking on apprentices and receiving a £1,500 grant.

The Youth Employment Subsidy is available to businesses in Nottinghamshire that meet the following criteria:

  • employ less than 250 people and recruiting an apprentice for the first time
  • employ an apprentice who lives within the Nottinghamshire County Council administrative boundary
  • take on a young person aged 16, 17, 18 or 19. 

Young people aged 16 – 19 (up to their 20th birthday) and 16 – 24 (up to their 25th birthday) are eligible if they are a care leaver or registered disabled.

Find out more or call Futures who are administering the scheme on behalf of the County Council on tel: 0115 960 1597.

Nottinghamshire County Council employs 50 apprentices – five times the number employed in 2012 – in a range of roles including business administration, food preparation, finance, construction, grounds work and retail, underlining the County Council's commitment to support apprenticeships. 

How to recruit an apprentice

Recruiting an apprentice is easy, with support available from the National Apprenticeship Service website, or on tel: 08000 150 600.

Recruit in five easy steps

  1. complete the online form on the National Apprenticeship Service website
  2. The National Apprenticeship Service representative will call to discuss your specific needs and help you identify a suitable training provider.
  3. You confirm the number of current employees and new recruits you want to start an Apprenticeship.
  4. Start the recruitment process. Vacancies are advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service website, where suitable applicants can apply.
  5. You choose your ideal candidates and then your apprentices start.

Employers who would like to take on an apprentice but are unable to do so can use the Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA). The ATA will employ the apprentice and place them with an employer. The ATA is responsible for the apprentice’s employment and the host employer pays a fee to the ATA for this service. Find out more about hiring an apprentice.

Why apprenticeships matter: what businesses say

Rob Atkinson, Managing Director, Caterway, Sutton in Ashfield


Rob Atkinson

A specialist supplier to fast food outlets, Caterway, appointed its first apprentice in January 2012 and according to Managing Director, Rob Atkinson hasn’t looked back: “I had the typical misconception of old-style apprenticeships and was amazed at the quality of talent we were able to interview for this post.”

“We appointed Tom Hill on a Level 2 Warehousing apprenticeship. Tom had ambitions to work in the office but first he needed to convince me he could do the hard work in the warehouse, enabling him to learn the business from grass roots level and demonstrate his commitment to the business

When Tom completed his warehouse apprenticeship we were happy to offer him a second office based apprenticeship, within our finance department.  He is close to finalising a Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship and there is every chance this will then lead to a permanent role.” 

Tom says: “I had been out of work for some time and was grateful to get the opportunity to join an expanding company like Caterway through the apprenticeship scheme.  It’s been hard work but I’ve enjoyed it and it’s enabled me to grow within the business through my efforts and hopefully set me up for a long career.”

Mark Townsend, Managing Director, Derry Building Services, Newark


Mark Townsend

Derry Building Services was established in 1734 and is now one of the most technically advanced Mechanical and Electrical, Design and Build Contractors in the UK. The firm places a high priority on training and development, supporting three recognised apprenticeship programmes:

  • NVQ3 - Electrotechnical Systems and Equipment
  • NVQ3 - Heating and Ventilation Industrial and Commercial
  • NVQ3 - Business and Administration

“Both myself and my Director Steve Burley started our career as apprentices so understand first hand just how important this form of entry into the workplace is” explained Managing Director Mark Townsend.

“Attending apprenticeship recruitment fairs and being able to talk to students face to face not only allows us to discuss our expectations with them, but also enables us to understand what they hope to achieve from an apprenticeship. This in turn ensures that we recruit the right individuals for our business."

Timico, Newark


Timico is an independent communications service provider specialising in voice and data connectivity solutions for UK businesses, employing over 160 people at the company’s Newark headquarters

The firm initially recruited two apprentices at the Newark Apprenticeship Fair – both of whom are still with the company and one of whom has been entered into the National Apprentice of the Year Award 2013.

Timico currently employs six apprentices working in IT and Business Administration.

Dawn Spear, HR Manager said:” Apprenticeship Fairs allow us to meet candidates face to face, to help gain an understanding of the individual, without putting them through the full recruitment process.  The Fairs are free to attend and the quality of candidates is, on the whole, exceptional.  The young people who attend have a genuine interest in gaining an apprenticeship, are motivated, keen and pro-active - qualities that can often put them head and shoulders above their peers.”

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