information for learners

Apprenticeships information for learnersAre you keen to carry on learning but want to start earning money too? Or perhaps you’re considering a career change but need to develop new skills? Then why not become an apprentice.

Apprenticeships are work-based programmes that lead to nationally recognised qualifications. They aren’t just for recent school leavers – anyone aged 16 or over can be an apprentice. Those already employed, taking on new responsibilities or moving roles can become an apprentice too.   

As an apprentice, you’ll follow a structured training programme that is tailored to your needs and enables you to gain knowledge and experience while earning money.

An apprenticeship can help you get on the ladder of employment or return to work, and is a good way to build confidence in your abilities. The programme takes from one to four years to complete, depending on the level and subject area.

Find out more about pay and conditions for apprentices.

apprenticeships with Learn Devon

what we do – how we support you as an apprentice

support and advice

Our friendly and supportive team of assessors will guide you through your apprenticeship study programmes – whether the assignment you are working on  is work based or study based, our experienced and dedicated team will let you know how you are doing, what you need to do next and how to get the best results from your studies

‘off the job training’

You will have a day for study every week – this will allow you quiet time to complete assignments and check your progress.

did you know?

  • Nearly all apprentices felt that they acquired or improved their skills as a direct result of their apprenticeship (97%)
  • Of the apprentices who had completed their apprenticeship, most (92%) were in work at the point of survey (12 – 20 months after completing their apprenticeship).  This represented an increase from 88% in 2014.
  • Over seven in ten (72%) of completed apprentices in employment at the time of the survey were still with the same employer with whom they undertook their apprenticeship.
  • The majority (92%) of apprentices in work felt that their apprenticeship had positive impacts on their career.
  • Three in ten (30%) completed apprentices had received a pay rise since completion, and close to half (46%) had been promoted.  Both represented slight increases from 2014.
  • The majority (77%) of completed apprentices who were employed planned to continue working for the same employer for the next2 – 3 years, and nearly nine in ten (89%) planned to continue working in the same sector for the next 2 – 3 years.
  • A minority (11%) of all Level 2 and 3 apprentices had gone on to further study, while 41% had considered it.  However, the majority were aware of their training options (74%)

Sources: Apprenticeships Evaluation 2015 – Learners A report by IFF Research, with the Institute for Employment Research at the University of Warwick October 2016

what’s it like as an apprentice?

Learn Devon currently has five apprentices working in customer service and business support roles in Exmouth and Tavistock. Read all about how they are finding being an apprentice in their blog posts.

We have previously had five other apprentices doing Customer Service apprenticeships in our centres, who have all now progressed on to other jobs. Three of them have shared their stories – click on the pictures below to read about Beth and Ruby’s experiences, and watch our video interview with Issie:

Beth Abbot: a day in the life of an apprenticeRuby Lawrence: ‘My apprenticeship has been invaluable’

Appentice Beth Abbot web

Ruby Lawrence web

Issie Atcheson, who was an apprentice in our Totnes centre, discusses what she thought about her apprenticeship and how it’s helped her on her career path:

what to do now

For learners:

If you would like to know more about doing an apprenticeship, please get in touch. If you decide to do an apprenticeship with us, we will support you and your employer every step of the way until your programme is complete.

We will:

  • help you decide which apprenticeship is best for you
  • discuss a training programme with you
  • manage the training process
  • explain the funding option to you.

For employers:

Please contact our Apprenticeship Team to discuss your requirements:

By phone: call MyDevon on 0345 155 1014

By email: learndevon@devon.gov.uk