What is an Apprentice?

The apprentice is your employee with all the same rights as any other employee.

An apprenticeship can be undertaken at any age from 16 onwards, with the educational funding coming from the government for 16-18 year olds, and a small contribution required from the employer for 19+ apprentices (please contact a member of the Service to Business team for information as Government rules do change).

An apprentice can work up to 40 hours per week, which includes one day per week at college or 20% off the job training.

There may be further Government incentives available.

Benefits for Employers

In the competitive employment market, finding the right employees with the skills your business needs can be difficult.

People new to the workplace need to develop their skills and build up their experience, whilst building the platform of future prosperity for your business.

As a progressive employer, taking on an apprentice gives you the opportunity to train, educate and integrate the skills required for the future proofing of your business.


The college offers apprenticeships in the following subject areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal care
  • Business administration
  • Butchery
  • Construction
  • Customer service
  • Equine
  • Food and drink manufacture
  • Game-keeping
  • Health and social care
  • Horticulture
  • Land-based service engineering
  • Plastering.

Contact Us

For further information or to start the process of recruiting an apprentice, give us a call on 01964 553044 or email

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