What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are work based learning programmes which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills whilst earning (national minimum wage for age) money at the same time. The length of the apprenticeship depends on the Apprenticeship Standard subject; but it must be a minimum of 1 year.

Sefton Council provides a Corporate Apprenticeship Programme which is supported by the Apprenticeship Manager and dedicated Support Officers. Apprenticeships are available to anyone who is interested in applying for an opportunity with Sefton Council.

The Liverpool City Region (LCR) Apprenticeship Hub is a collaborative group, responsible to the LCR Employment and Skills Board. “Funded by the European Social Fund through the Education and Skills Funding Agency, we aim to increase the awareness, number and quality of Apprenticeships available to regional residents by supporting and coordinating activities, making Apprenticeships work for businesses and individuals”.

‘Please see the video below which shows Sefton Council Apprentices in various different roles across the Authority’ 

Apprenticeship News


If you are thinking of recruiting an Apprentice for the new school term in September 21 then we can help.  The Corporate Apprenticeship Team can advertise your opportunity, help with the selection process and liaise with an Apprenticeship Training Provider to deliver the training.
Did you know schools can receive an incentive payment for recruiting an apprentice of £3,000 –  this can be used to offset some of the salary with the Apprenticeship qualification being covered by the Apprenticeship Levy.

Here is what Adrian Antell, Head Teacher at Farnborough Road Junior School, Birkdale, says about recruiting apprentices :
“Farnborough Road Junior School has employed 5 apprentices in the past few years and we have found each to be a positive experience that has helped the school and the individual concerned.  
Our first apprentice in our school office was appointed with a view to replacing some experienced staff who were close to retirement. She has been a wonderful addition to our school staff and is a highly valued colleague. The apprenticeship route really suited both the school and the individual and allowed us to replace long standing staff smoothly and effectively. 
We have also had 3 Sport Apprentices, with the latest starting his role at the start of May 2021. Sports apprentices have allowed us to offer a wider range of sports in the school and helped us provide better quality sessions both inside and outside the normal school days. This has proved to be an effective use of Sports Funding, raising the profile of sport and improving pupil access to a range of opportunities. 
We have also had an apprentice Teaching Assistant, enabling the school to expand capacity and helping the young person involved gain a valuable qualification to help them on their path to full employment.
Apprenticeship is a powerful means to help schools expand and develop their provision and it also gives individuals a start on their road to employment. It has had a hugely positive impact on our school community.” 

Contact Apprenticeships@sefton.gov.uk if you would like to discuss your recruitment requirements.

Apprenticeship Levy Updates’


Further information on apprenticeships is available on the UK Apprenticeships website

Support for Employers

Sefton @ Work offers a range of free and confidential job-related services for individuals and businesses in Sefton.

There may also be funding / grants available for employers to access.

Further information is available on the Sefton@Work website or 0151 934 2610.