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Apprenticeships are work based learning programmes which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills whilst earning (national minimum wage for age) money at the same time. 

The length of the apprenticeship depends on the Standard subject; but it must be a minimum of 1 year.

How to apply for an apprenticeship

Apply for an apprenticeship with Sefton Council. You can also find apprenticeships on  the National Apprenticeship Service. 

Stage 1  

Request a job pack to apply for the advertised vacancy – by emailing the Sefton Apprenticeship team and specify the opportunity you are interested in applying for.  You will also be asked to send copies of your English and Maths certificates.

Stage 2 – Shortlisting

Applicants that have met the requirements for the apprenticeship will be shortlisted by the recruiting manager. 

Stage 3 – Attend an interview

If a manager feels an applicant has met the shortlist criteria, they will be invited to attend an interview, which may include an exercise to complete.

 To be considered for an apprenticeship you will need:

  • To have lived in the UK for the past three years
  • A commitment to complete the qualification and remain for the duration of the contract
  • Working towards the right level of English, Maths & ICT
  • Willingness to learn and to apply learning at your workplace
  • Self-motivation
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a team

As an apprentice you will receive:

  • The national minimum wage for your age (see attached document below for a full breakdown for each age category)
  • Access to a pension scheme
  • Paid holidays
  • A recognised qualification (Level 2, 3 or 4)
  • Support from a mentor and the Corporate Apprenticeship Team
  • Employability skills support from Sefton @ Work

Further Information is available from:

The Corporate Apprenticeship Team, Workforce Learning & Development, Sefton Corporate Learning Centre, Sandringham RoadAinsdalePR8 2PJ

Tel 0151 934 4719/2448 or email the team

Further information on apprenticeships across the Liverpool City region is available 

Please see the video below which shows Sefton Council Apprentices in various different roles across the Authority’ 

Here is what Adrian Antell, Head Teacher at Farnborough Road Junior School, Birkdale, says about recruiting apprentices:

“Farnborough Road Junior School has employed 5 apprentices in the past few years and we have found each to be a positive experience that has helped the school and the individual concerned.  
Our first apprentice in our school office was appointed with a view to replacing some experienced staff who were close to retirement. She has been a wonderful addition to our school staff and is a highly valued colleague. The apprenticeship route really suited both the school and the individual and allowed us to replace long standing staff smoothly and effectively. 
We have also had 3 Sport Apprentices, with the latest starting his role at the start of May 2021. Sports apprentices have allowed us to offer a wider range of sports in the school and helped us provide better quality sessions both inside and outside the normal school days. This has proved to be an effective use of Sports Funding, raising the profile of sport and improving pupil access to a range of opportunities. 
We have also had an apprentice Teaching Assistant, enabling the school to expand capacity and helping the young person involved gain a valuable qualification to help them on their path to full employment.
Apprenticeship is a powerful means to help schools expand and develop their provision and it also gives individuals a start on their road to employment. It has had a hugely positive impact on our school community.” 

Support for Employers

Sefton@Work offers a range of free and confidential job-related services for individuals and businesses in Sefton.

There may also be funding / grants available for employers to access.

Last Updated on Tuesday, June 13, 2023

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