Apprenticeships and Traineeships- on Scilly and on the Mainland

Apprenticeships are now easier to do on Scilly and the mainland with money to support your accommodation and travel in the same way as if you went to college.

The Benefits

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and achieve a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.


Earn while you learn

All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage for apprentices which is £2.68 (2013).


A real job

All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles, from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning.


A real qualification

Quality is key to Apprenticeships. All Apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world. 


A real future

After finishing, 85% of apprentices will stay in employment, with 64% staying with the same employer.

32% of all former apprentices have received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, 75% reported taking on more responsibility in their job.  

Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.


Kerri, Customer Services Administrator,
“I think Apprenticeships are brilliant. They’re a chance to take a leap into the real world. I’m dealing with real-life customers and situations all the time, answering calls and emails, checking deliveries, advising customers and interacting with them. It’s all about learning and moving forward, and I’m getting everything I need to move onto the next step.”

Talk to your Careers Advisor at school who can help you decide if apprenticeships are theright option for you.

Can apprenticeships work on Scilly?

YES! We have helped many young people to start an apprenticeship on Scilly. Not to mention helping existing businesses on the islands to retain local talent and continue to offer high quality, up to date services to their customers.

What types of Apprenticeship are there?

There are three types of Apprenticeship you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications:  

1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships  (Level 2)

2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeships (Level 3)

3 - Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4 or 5)


Higher Apprenticeships

Apprentices’ opportunities for career progression are increasing with the expansion of Higher Apprenticeships. Equivalent to degrees, more of these specialised and highly skilled Apprenticeships are being offered each year, giving you the chance to continue your professional development and fully realise your potential. 


How do I apply for an Apprenticeship?

Applying has never been easier, just visit https://apprenticeshipvacancymatchingservice.lsc.gov.uk/navms/Forms/Candidate/Apprenticeships.aspx  and you will be one step closer to starting your journey to become an apprentice.

If you would like to undertake an apprenticeship on Scilly you may find that approaching an employer to ask if they would consider taking on an apprentice is the best way.

If you would like any support with this process please contact the council’s Lifelong Learning department on 01720 424880 or email lifelonglearning@scilly.gov.uk


How do I find out about what funding is available?

Please talk to the council’s Lifelong Learning department and we will support you in accessing funding.


Who are Lifelong Learning?

We are a one stop shop for training on the islands. We can work with you by email, phone or in person. 

Our advice is confidential and free.

 We are all qualified to national standards in Information, Advice and Guidance and are independently verified every 3 years via the MATRIX standard.

We work hard at maintaining links with providers and agencies on the mainland and have good contacts with a range of people who can help you.


For more information: www.apprenticeships.org.uk


Not ready for an apprenticeship?


Traineeships unlock the great potential of young people and prepare them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

Traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, maths and English and work experience needed to get an Apprenticeship or other job.

Traineeships are delivered by training providers and funded by the government, with employers providing the valuable work experience placement and interview as part of the programme.


If you would like further information or support on Traineeships go to https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/279756/Is_a_Traineeship_for_me.pdf or contact the council’s Lifelong Learning department on 01720 424880 or lifelonglearning@scilly.gov.uk