Excellent education

The Government is committed to creating millions of 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.

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 information on apprenticeships, at https://www.getingofar.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



For details on the application process:  https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship



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: https://findapprenticeshiptraining.sfa.bis.gov.uk/ or http://www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/apprenticeship-providers/

For information on Higher and Degree apprenticeshipshttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-and-degree-apprentice…



More information on the new Apprenticeship Levy and funding can be found at APPRENTICESHIPS.

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


National Apprenticeship Week visit

In National Apprenticeship Week, Damian visited Alton-based company Testo in meet Will, an accounting apprentice who is supported by the apprenticeship scheme at East Hampshire District Council company. 

More information is available at:

Hospitality Apprenticeship event

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Damian attended a Hospitality Apprenticeship event in Parliament, meeting many young apprentices working in the sector, and heard the many opportunities now available.

Apprenticeship Levy

Damian writes a monthly column in the Petersfield Post, and the subject for this month is the Apprenticeship Levy: