Our apprenticeships and benefits

An apprenticeship is simply a job with training. 

Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years old whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.  There may be different entry requirements depending on the apprenticeship.

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With some apprenticeships you can even get a degree. Apprenticeships can take between 1-4 years to complete, duration normally depending on the level.

an apprenticeship can take you anywhere.  You can learn new skills, gain knowledge, experience and it can help you rise to the top of the ladder in your chosen profession or career.  As an apprentice you can access our offer to employees, and some other benefits include:

  • Earn as you learn
  • Hands-on experience
  • Recognised qualification/s
  • Development opportunities
  • A mentor and a buddy
  • Apprentice networking
  • Career advice and guidance
  • Student discount card
  • A foot in the door and a step on the career ladder

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

NameLevelEquivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor's or master's degree

 

The table below shows the full-time equivalent annual salaries for staff employed on an apprentice contract by Cornwall Council or its maintained schools with effect from 1 April 2019.

RoleSalaryHourly Rate (37 hour week)
Apprentice Level 2 £11,864* £6.15
Apprentice Level 3 £15,839** £8.21 
Apprentice Level 4 £17,364*** £9.00 
Apprentice Level 5 £19,446 £10.08 
Apprentice Level 6 £21,780 £11.29 
Apprentice Level 7 £24,393 £12.64 

Hourly rate = full time salary ÷ 1929.18

* this pay rate is aligned with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for 18-20 year olds.
** this rate of pay is aligned with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for over 25 year olds (the National Living Wage)
*** this rate of pay is aligned to the Living Wage Foundation rate.

Cornwall Council also runs a work experience programme please view Work Experience Placements at Cornwall Council for more information.

For more information about apprenticeships please contact 01872 324600 or email apprenticeships@cornwall.gov.uk