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Apprenticeships are programmes of learning that follow a nationally
agreed structure.

Apprentices are employed and receive a wage.

Apprentices are entitled to the similar terms and conditions as other employees.

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Who can follow an Apprenticeship?

Programmes are mainly aimed at 16-24 year olds but are currently available to all age groups. The training is fully funded for Apprentices aged 16 - 18 but financial contributions may be required for older learners.

What levels are available?

There are 3 levels of Apprenticeship; Intermediate, Advanced and Higher. Our experienced team will give advice and guidance about the most suitable options for both the learner and the employer.

What is involved?

The Apprentice will spend the majority of their time in the workplace developing practical skills but will undertake "off-job" training (day or block release) to study for a range of qualifications which will normally include the following:

A Competence Based Certificate or Diploma at Level 2, 3 or 4 which confirms a range of skills appropriate to the occupation, a Knowledge Based Certificate which confirms that the learner has sufficient knowledge needed for the occupational area and Functional Skills, usually in Mathematics, English and ICT.

SBC's staff customise every programme to ensure that the skills developed are relevant to each employer and will enable each Apprentice to have a positive impact on the employer's business.

SBC offers the employer and learner a high level of customised support including 'on-job' planning and assessment for each learner and regular progress reviews that allow the employer to keep track of the Apprentices achievements. Succesful completion allows learners to progress onto further levels of education and training including a range of Higher Education courses.

SBC Training Apprenticeships are available in the following occupational areas:

Contact the Business Development team for further information on 01743 454810 or e-mail