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What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a great way for you to  help someone to gain work experience and qualifications. It helps them to build their competency in a chosen field of work.

It's a chance for you to shape and grow employees in line with your organisational culture. It creates a pipeline of talent.


  • It's a cost effective way to grow talent. Council apprentices get paid £6.83 per hour for the first 12 months. After a year, this goes to the national minimum wage.
  • They improve your business. 86% of employers report benefiting from 'the development of skills relevant to the business' by hiring them.
  • These roles support succession planning. Many services have an ageing workforce. They're a great way to attract and grow young talent.

What does it involve?

  • 80% on the job, 20% learning and development. An apprentice spends the equivalent of 80% of their time working. They then spend 20% of their time focussing on their college work. This includes doing training and gaining qualifications.
  • Working with the apprenticeship provider and the apprentice. They'll get chances at work that'll help them complete their apprenticeship.
  • One to two years. Apprenticeships normally last between 12 to 24 months.

You don't have to retain the apprentice once they complete their apprenticeship. In most cases services look to do so.

You can also progress the apprentice to the next level after completion.

Managers at Barnsley Council taking on an apprentice will be helped by our Lead Pastoral Mentor. They'll oversee their progress.

Get involved

We have a wealth of knowledge and resources to make it simple and straightforward to create apprenticeship roles.

To find out more, please contact our apprenticeship team.

What our employers say...

  • I feel fulfilled as a manager knowing I have given two delightful young people a chance for employment
    Deputy Local Land Charges Manager
  • From day one I knew we had made the right recruitment decision. Zoe has made such a positive impact on, not only the service, but also on me.
    Local land charges manager
  • Our young person has been very willing to learn and has taken everything in his stride. He has worked well with other colleagues and he's been a joy to have in the team.
    HAZ Project Officer
  • Megan has been an asset to the team and it has been a truly rewarding experience as an employer to see her flourish
    Barnsley NORSE
  • Courtney is a testament to the programme, and I would not hesitate to take on anyone else in the future.
    Operations Change Manager
  • I've had a good experience managing the young member of staff. They have come with a fantastic attitude and work ethic.
    Manager of youth employment programme