The Government is committed to creating 3 million high quality apprenticeships by 2020, giving thousands of young people a chance to make the most of their talents and gain new skills, whilst working and earning.
Apprenticeship participation now stands at a record level, with more than 870,000 funded apprentices in the 2014/2015 academic year, with figures showing every £1 of government investment in apprenticeships is delivering £28 of benefit to the economy.
There are now 1500 different job roles on offer, covering 170 industries, with more than 75 Higher and Degree apprenticeships available, including roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering.
There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice, or start an apprenticeship.
The National Apprenticeship Service provides comprehensive support for both apprentices and employers http://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/.
Funding is also available from East Hampshire District Council, working in partnership with Business East Hants, to subsidise wages and contribute towards transport and training for apprentices joining businesses in the East Hampshire district. For details: http://www.easthants.gov.uk/apprenticeships
HOW TO APPLY FOR AN APPRENTICESHIP
For details on the application process: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
INFORMATION ON DIFFERENT APPRENTICESHIPS
For information on the wide range of apprenticeships on offer, visit: https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships#types-of-apprenticeships
For details of different apprenticeship providers: http://findatrainingorganisation.nas.apprenticeships.org.uk/ or http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/apprenticeship-providers/
For information on Higher and Degree apprenticeships: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/sfa-higher-and-degree-apprenticeships
The Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeship Programme also offers a range of opportunities, at locations across England. For details: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/civil-service-fast-track-apprenticeship-programme-now-open-for-applications
INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS
For details on how to take on an apprentice: https://www.gov.uk/take-on-an-apprentice
For details of current apprenticeship standards: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards
For information on how to develop new apprenticeships in England: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/future-of-apprenticeships-in-england-guidance-for-trailblazers
Photo: Damian Hinds with Kieran Wilding, an apprentice at Rediweld in Alton, and Nick Drew, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development at EHDC