The Apprenticeship Scheme

The minimum wage for an apprentice is currently £3.30 an hour. Apprenticeships are available for new or current employees who are aged 16-18, 19-24 and 25 and over, although there are a larger number of funded places for those in the 16-18 category. Apprentices will normally work four days in placement and one day in college.

Apprentices complete a framework of qualifications, such as an NVQ that supports the work that they carry out within the workplace, a technical certificate that they attend Weymouth College to complete and Functional Skills qualifications in Maths, English and in some areas ICT.

What is usually a surprise for employers is the range of skills that the Apprenticeship scheme covers. We offer Apprenticeships in:

  • Accountancy
  • Beauty
  • Brickwork
  • Business
  • Carpentry & Joinery
  • Catering
  • Childcare
  • Customer Services
  • Electrical
  • Engineering
  • Hairdressing
  • Health & Social Care
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Motor Cycle & Motor Vehicle
  • Plumbing
  • Retail
  • Sport
  • Stonemasonry.


Change and innovation are always with us and new advances are constantly challenging businesses to keep up or even catch up. Apprenticeships can help your workforce master the latest techniques to fill skills gaps and insure against those looming through new legislation and industry requirements.
Because apprentices receive relevant training, they can have an immediate effect and make a real contribution to your business. Their training is ‘on the job’ so they can directly gain from the skills and experience of those around them.

Taking on an apprentice from Weymouth College

We have a strong record of successfully providing Apprenticeship training. Our Apprenticeship Team has developed effective training methods to ensure learners achieve their goals whilst they also support businesses to recruit the right apprentice.

Apprenticeship Employer Grant

£1500 is available to new employers taking on apprentices Click here for more details.

Find out more

Contact our Apprenticeship team on 01305 208709, email or fill in the company enquiry form.

Employer Handbook