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All age apprenticeships are for anyone over the age of 16, living in England. They are genuine jobs with elements of on the job and off the job training, leading to industry recognised standards and qualifications ranging from intermediate level, equivalent to 5 GCSE's A*- C or 9 – 4, right up to a Bachelor or Master's degree.

An apprenticeship in your school may be for a new recruit or it can be used as a training course for an existing member of your  team.

There are many reasons for taking on an apprenticeship, for example to:

  •  help you to grow your own talent
  •  provide training that is tailored to your school’s requirements
  •  reduce recruitment costs and staff turnover
  •  retain and up-skill current staff
  •  provide opportunities for a career in education
  •  be of benefit to the community by developing local skills
  •  develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce


All Wokingham Borough maintained schools are contributing 0.5% of the salary bill each year as an apprenticeship levy to central government which can be spent on the training element of an apprenticeship. This equates to approximately £275,000 per year across around 40 schools in Wokingham Borough. 

Schools also have a government set target of an average of 68 apprenticeships recruited per year, a total of 272 to be achieved by March 2021. These numbers are calculated as 2.3% of the maintained schools staff headcount.

From May 2017 – April 2018 we achieved recruitment of 9 apprentices across schools which is a good start for us to build on during the period up to March 2021.
 This also means that we have used almost £4,400 of the funding in the levy pot, carrying forward £270,000 for one more year. From March 2019 central government will take back any under spend; another good reason to use it on training our schools’ workforce.

Where can I find more information?

There is a presentation below which has live links to a variety of information. Once you have taken a look, if you find you have questions you can contact the National Apprenticeship Helpline, a local training provider, or the WBC HR Apprenticeship Specialist (contacts at the end of the page).

Apprenticeship Update Presentation

I have decided to recruit an apprentice. What do I do next?

Once you have a vacancy you would like to recruit to, or an existing member of staff who would like to take on an apprenticeship programme, you can contact training providers to find the best programme to suit the needs of your school and your future apprentice. You will find that some apprenticeships are a day release to college, others are on-line programmes with a tutor meeting the apprentice at the workplace and many are a combination of both. Some training providers will also offer a discount, recruitment support and qualifications in with the total price.

Once you have chosen your training provider, it will be useful to begin to complete the apprenticeship checklist below. It has helpful links and gives information to check eligibility for levy funding. Please also contact the WBC HR Apprenticeship Specialist so that levy funding is allocated for your apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship Checklist

How do I find training providers to compare their offers?

The most common way to find approved training providers is to use the government ‘Find Apprenticeship Training’ website. Type in the name of the apprenticeship or key words and then open up the information and choose 'find training providers'.

You may also want to ask other schools or use local authority recommendations.

I would like to gain a qualification through an apprenticeship. What do I need to do?

Firstly, gain the support of your line manager. An apprenticeship requires you to use 20% of your paid weekly hours for off the job training. However, this does not necessarily mean that you will not be at your work place for that time. The off the job training can include any new tasks or responsibilities you take on where you are learning new knowledge or skills relevant to the apprenticeship programme, for example, work shadowing an experienced colleague, carrying out an unfamiliar task and then reviewing how it went, researching information, writing it up and on-line tuition and webinars.

Usually, your pay and conditions do not change whilst you are on an apprenticeship although you may need some additional tasks and responsibilities to fulfil the learning requirements. The training provider can help you and your manager to identify if this is needed.

I have recruited an apprentice. What next?

The apprenticeship checklist above needs to be fully completed and sent to the WBC HR Apprenticeship Specialist so that payments to the training provider can be set up. The apprentice, your school and the training provider will sign an agreement which is valid from the first day of employment to comply with funding rules. Your school will also sign a contract with the training provider. There is a WBC contract for apprenticeships, approved by WBC’s legal department, which also includes a template for the commitment statement and can be used for your agreement with training providers, if you wish. 

You and your apprentice will be asked for feedback on the training provider so that their performance can be monitored. If any changes occur or the apprentice leaves, please inform the WBC HR Apprenticeship Specialist and the training provider immediately.

Information will be posted on the schools’ hub to help schools to keep up to date with new guidance and apprenticeships being developed.


National Apprenticeship Helpline helpdesk@manageaprenticeships.service.gov.uk  08000 150 600

WBC HR Apprenticeship Specialist Sandie.evans@wokingham.gov.uk 07836 613 829

Institute for Apprenticeships https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org


May 2018

Useful information

Apprenticeship Reforms: A Guide for Schools

A – Z of common apprenticeships

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

WBC Apprenticeships Policy

Apprenticeships and Pay for Schools