Apprenticeships - recruiting an apprentice

The Council apprenticeships to candidates wanting to gain valuable experience and increase their qualifications and skills by working in our schools. Apprenticeships are now open to all ages.

Apprenticeships are undergoing a major transformation. One of the key changes is that the apprenticeship frameworks (which governed what had to be achieved during an apprenticeship) are being phased out and replaced by standards (these have been developed by employers in specific sectors).

How do I recruit an apprentice?

Job description, person specification and advert

The job description

The person specification

Applications may be fairly short on content, so you may need to be flexible with your requirements.

The advert

Apprenticeship training

The training provider will contact the recruiting manager to fully understand the training needs and tailor the apprentice learning plan and unit selection to suit the service. The training provider will advise on a suitable training standard or framework.*

The Apprenticeship Team will determine which training provider is used based on: 

  1. The provider’s Ofsted ratings for quality, and successful completions.
  2. Cost to deliver the training (the apprenticeship levy pays for this cost so there is no expectation of the team to pay for this).
  3. The provider being on the approved provider list and suitable for the framework or standard needed. 

*Standards and frameworks

The standards govern what training should be contained within an apprenticeship to ensure that the apprentice is fully competent in all relevant areas on completion of their apprenticeship. Some standards contain qualifications and others do not but all focus on skills, knowledge and behaviours. All standards will have an end point assessment at the end and are marked distinction, pass or fail.

Employers are helping to develop new apprenticeships from level 2 to level 7 in many occupations. The ‌Schools standards and frameworks list shows the range of apprenticeships available now

Off-the-job training

A minimum of 20% of an apprentice’s time is to be spent on off the job training. Off the job training is ‘learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of an apprenticeship’ 

This can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties. The off-the-job training must be directly relevant to the apprenticeship framework or standard and could include the following:

Off-the-job training does not include:

Off-the-job training: Myths vs Facts

How can I find out more? 

Please contact the Apprenticeship Team by email at or telephone 640752.