What is an apprenticeship

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Apprenticeships are designed to be an opportunity for individuals to combine practical training in a job with study. 

As an apprentice you’ll be:

  • Based in a workplace so that you can train to gain the skills in the occupation or service area of your choice.
  • Offered an apprenticeship agreement, which means you will learn and gain a qualification at a specific level over a given time.
  • Earning a wage and get holiday pay.


Myth buster: Apprenticeships are not meant to be an opportunity to employ somebody cheaply. An apprenticeship is a genuine opportunity for somebody to join the council to gain skills, knowledge and experience and achieve a qualification to help their employability for the future.

The benefits of you becoming an apprentice for the council are:

  • It Introduces new talent and gives the council fresh new ideas on how to become the organisation that future generations need, some of you may stay and grow if opportunities are available to help develop services.
  • Addresses skills shortages within services, through workplace learning making an apprentice a valuable asset to any team.
  • Apprentices tend to be flexible, motivated, eager and loyal to their employers.
  • Unlocking talent within our local community means we can utilise this talent to assist in the regeneration of the Isle of Wight by retaining skilled people.


What apprentices can earn

Current rates

The Isle of Wight Council has agreed the following rates of pay for apprentices, with effect from 1 April 2019.


Lower level apprenticeships, levels 1 to 3, are to be paid at National Living Wage/ National Minimum Wage, depending on the age of the apprentice. These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.


25 and over

21 to 24

18 to 20

Under 18

April 2019









Higher Level Apprenticeships, levels 4 to 7 (above A level), to be paid at 80% of the evaluated grade required for the job until the successful completion of the full apprenticeship.