Work-based training programmes which lead to nationally recognised qualifications


At East Sussex College, we work collaboratively with employers in delivering the job training and qualifications that Apprentices need to complete their Apprenticeship Framework.

How Do Apprenticeships Work?

  • Apprenticeships include a mixture of on-the-job and off-the-job training and can be used to train both new members of staff and existing employees.
  • Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of industry sectors, with employers ranging from large national companies to small local businesses.
  • Apprenticeship training programmes are designed by the Sector Skills Councils, who work with business representatives from the relevant industry sector to develop the course content.
  • Apprentices must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  • An Apprentice’s time is divided between working with their employer and undertaking training with the College. For example, some apprentices spend four days a week with their employer and one day a week at East Sussex College, while others undertake all their training in the workplace, with the College coming to the employer for their part of the programme.
  • All Apprenticeships are different as they have been developed specifically for the relevant sector and job role, however they usually take anything between one year and four years to complete.

Apprenticeship programmes are made up of a framework of qualifications

The four main components of learning and development:

Technical Certificate

A taught qualification, designed to develop the essential skills and knowledge needed to be competent at the job role.

Main Aim

An assessed qualification, designed to judge the application of skills and knowledge to a competent level.

Functional Skills

The application of essential communication and numeracy skills in the job role including personal learning and thinking skills.

Employer Rights and Responsibilities

Knowledge of what is needed to comply with essential employment legislation to ensure fairness, equality, and health and safety in the workplace.

How does it work?


Apprenticeships are an effective and affordable way to provide training for your staff. Our apprenticeship partnership will provide your Apprentices with all the training they need and is free of charge to those under 19 years old at the start of their programme.

As the employer, you are responsible for paying the Apprentice’s wages, to cover their time spent working and also their time spent training as a part of the Apprenticeship programme.

Detailed information about apprenticeship funding can be found via these useful links.

Useful Links

Apprenticeship funding: how it works

National Minimum Wage

Paying employer National Insurance contributions for apprentices under 25

CITB grants scheme
Providing grants for employers in the construction industry to train their workers


Corporate enquires

Employing an apprentice

Our dedicated corporate employer team at Sussex Skills Solutions are here to talk to you regarding any Apprenticeship quires that you might have.