Suffolk County Council and The Consultancy Home Counties (TCHC) have reached the joint decision to bring to a close the current pilot for the Apprenticeship Suffolk Business Service. ASBS has successfully worked with over 4,000 employers and generated in excess of 500 new Apprenticeship vacancies, but our evaluation has shown that the pilot model as it is currently operating cannot overcome other barriers within the Apprenticeship system, and therefore a different approach is needed going forward. Suffolk County Council, TCHC and their sub-contracting partner, The Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, will work closely together over the next three months to ensure businesses currently engaged through this contract are given appropriate support. Suffolk County Council will look to develop a new approach to supporting the apprenticeship agenda in Suffolk going forward.

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Types of Apprenticeships

Hiring apprentices help businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. The Apprenticeship Suffolk Business Service supports three levels of Apprenticeships:

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship

Level 2 – equivalent to five A*-C GCSEs.

Advanced Level Apprenticeship

Level 3 – equivalent to two A Levels.

Higher Level Apprenticeship

Level 4 and above – equivalent to a HND, NHC, Foundation degree or degree.

Apprenticeships are available to businesses of all sizes and sectors in England, and can last from 12 months to 4 years. They are linked to job roles or occupations – some 1,500 of them. 

List of Apprenticeships available.

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