About Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a real paid job that combines practical training in the role with a programme of study leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications.

As an apprentice you will

  • Earn a wage while you’re training
  • Be given paid time away from the day job to undertake a programme of study
  • Work alongside and get support from experienced staff
  • Gain valuable job specific, knowledge, skills and experience
  • Have a detailed training plan and regular progress reviews and support
  • Make a real contribution to public sector organisations in Suffolk
  • Set yourself up with great skills to be able to continue your career in the future

Key things to know about apprenticeships

  • Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16 – there is no upper age limit
  • An apprenticeship must last a minimum of 12 months and typically they are around 2-3 years in length – although they can be up to 5 years – depending on the profession and qualifications involved
  • If you don’t already have your functional skills qualifications in English and Maths (GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 and above or equivalent) you will have an opportunity to complete these alongside your apprenticeship and must successfully achieve them before the end of your apprenticeship – you will receive full support from a learning provider to do this
  • Apprenticeships can go from level 2 right up to degree and masters level, and can be a great alternative to going to Uni as if you’re successful, you’ll not only have a degree from a recognised University but also have several years on the job experience to offer too.
  • The different apprenticeship levels are explained below:

For more general information on apprenticeships, see this helpful guide.

an apprentice engineer working with a colleague on technical specifications

Future Prospects

While many of our apprentices go on to secure a permanent job in one of our councils, the skills they develop are highly transferrable and can be a fantastic springboard to a great future career in both the private and public sectors.

Research carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) suggests that:

'There are significant estimated lifetime earnings gains to be had for a worker that completes an apprenticeship. For those completing a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship, it is estimated that the net present value of lifetime earnings could be some £74,000 higher than a worker without this qualification. For those going on to complete a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, the gains are estimated to be even higher, at between £77,000 and £117,000.'


What is it like to do an apprenticeship?

Our apprentices enjoy their jobs and add real value to the teams they work in but don’t just take our word for it – see our meet the apprentices page to find out what some of our apprentices have to say about their experience.


Where can I see what apprenticeship vacancies are available?

Follow this link to the Rising High homepage to view apprenticeship opportunities for Suffolk County Council (SCC), Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils (BMSDC) and East Suffolk Council (ESC) as well as opportunities within our educational institutions across Suffolk.

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