Apprenticeship information for professionals and employers

Information about Hampshire County Council Apprenticeships and advice for managers


Apprenticeships are first and foremost a job, but with the addition of formalised training, and are available to anyone aged 16 and over who is not in full-time education and is eligible to work in the UK. Apprentices are:

  • paid a salary and have a contract of employment with the usual staff benefits
  • offered training and development for a minimum of 12 months to gain qualifications and certifications as well as workplace skills
  • an opportunity to support staff to learn their role, increase their skills and add value to the organisation and communities we support
  • for existing staff as well as new recruits
Core elements
  • may include a Qualification – Diploma or Certificate (e.g. Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration)
  • personal learning and thinking skills
  • employee rights and responsibility
  • minimum of 12 months, up to 4 years
  • on the job training – in the workplace
  • off the job training – through the training provider
Apprenticeship Levy

From April 2017 Hampshire County Council pays into the Government levy for apprenticeships at 0.5% of payroll. Our aim over the coming years is to recoup this levy by investing in appropriate apprenticeships to support our business development and invest in our people. We are seeking to consider all job roles and assess the potential for apprenticeships to add value to the learning and development pathways provided for the skills we require now and in the future in support of our ability to best support the lives of the Hampshire communities we serve.

The percentage of apprenticeship starts (both new hires and existing employees who started an apprenticeship) between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 as a proportion of total headcount on 31 March 2018 was 0.50%. Between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 it was 1.3%, 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 it was 1.44% and from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 it was 0.84%.

Framework for the Provision of Apprenticeship Training Providers CC11038

The financial value of apprenticeships started by provider and lot procured under the apprenticeship framework:

1 September 2018 to 3 March 2019

These will be published every 6 months.

Training and development

Apprenticeships are supported by a training provider who is an expert in delivering and supporting the apprenticeship journey. To be an apprentice training provider and to be able to draw down Government funds for the service an organisation must be on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). Our own Skills and Participation is one such provider and their offer to our organisation will be augmented by a number of other local training providers that may have different sector specialisms.

Our role as an organisation is to consider the roles where apprenticeships can provide additional benefit, and secure an appropriate training provider to help us to engage our existing departmental experts to pass on their skills and knowledge to new or existing members of the team.

Apprenticeship will need to have about 20% of their learning off-the-job during the lifetime of their apprenticeship. Such off-the-job learning could include college or provider based days or part days, mentoring or coaching sessions, e-learning modules, projects, mock assessments, self-study and so forth.

Apprenticeship levels
Apprenticeship levels
Benefits of an Apprentice

Apprenticeships are an effective workforce development tool for all ages. They can support future workforce requirements through the recruitment of new talent and by providing professional development and progression opportunities for existing staff.

Apprentices provide new talent and ideas to enable us to grow as an organisation. They are cost effective as apprentices learn while contributing to the productivity of the department and organisation. Our apprenticeship investment in skills development is recouped from our levy contribution which would otherwise be lost.

As an organisation we are committed to developing apprenticeships and feel sure that this commitment will further develop our reputation as a high quality local employer.

Apprenticeship Portal

The Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Schools’ Apprenticeship programme web page provides all the information, background knowledge and directories of Apprenticeships. It will help you to understand all aspects of apprenticeships and guide you through the process of enrolling a team member onto an apprenticeship using funding from the levy to pay for the training and assessment costs.

How to organise an Apprenticeship

If you are keen to find out more or wish to register your interest in developing a particular apprenticeship idea please complete the expression of interest and we will be delighted to support you further.