Apprenticeships

Information for anyone looking for apprenticeship opportunities as well as guidance for employers and learning providers

Suffolk County Council is committed to supporting the national agenda to increase apprenticeships and aims to provide high quality apprenticeship opportunities for people of all ages across a range of different jobs and careers. 

Read our apprenticeship strategy until 2021 (PDF, 180KB) to find out how apprenticeships support our wider plans and priorities.

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Apprenticeship vacancies and opportunities

All apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on Suffolk Jobs Direct. Once you’ve registered for an account you can set up alerts for new vacancies and apply for jobs online. Visit Suffolk Jobs Direct.

GOV.UK

Apprenticeships with other organisations across Suffolk and nationally are also published on the Government's Find an apprenticeship’ service.


Rising High in Suffolk

Rising High in SuffolkRising High is for young people providing information on the opportunities available at Councils in Suffolk. Visit Rising High in Suffolk.

Advice to help you with your career choices

Employers advice and apprenticeship levy transfers

Suffolk County Council is committed to supporting other employers to create apprenticeships in their own organisations.

If you are an employer considering taking on an apprentice in your own business, visit apprenticeshipssuffolk.org for information and guidance. 

Apprenticeship Levy Transfers

Employers such as the Council that pay the Apprenticeship Levy can support apprenticeships in other organisations by transferring some of their apprenticeship funds to other employers.

Funds transferred can only be for the payment of the cost of the apprenticeship training for specific named apprentices and the funding is paid directly to a recognised training provider rather than a transfer of a money to the organisation employing the apprentice.

You can read more about how apprenticeship levy transfers work on GOV.UK

If after reading the guidance you are interested in applying to Suffolk County Council for an apprenticeship levy transfer to cover the cost of apprenticeship training for one or more apprentices within your organisation please email risinghigh@suffolk.gov.uk and someone will be in touch to send you the application forms and advise you of the process.

Training providers information

We use a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) to procure apprenticeship training for the apprentices it employs.

The DPS is also available for use by the following local authorities:

  • Mid Suffolk District Council
  • Babergh District Council
  • East Suffolk District Council
  • West Suffolk District Council
  • and any successor Authority’s.

The DPS can be accessed through suffolksourcing.uk

  1. Click on 'all opportunities’ at the top of the homepage on the left hand side of the screen
  2. Enter CD1227 into the search field it will take you to the details you need to apply

Government apprenticeship targets

Public sector bodies in England with 250 or more staff have a target to employ an average of at least 2.3% of their staff as new apprentice starts over the period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2021.

Bodies in scope must have regard to the target meaning that, in making workforce planning decisions, the Council actively consider apprenticeships either for new recruits or as part of career development for existing staff.

The target is for new apprenticeship starts, which includes both existing staff that start an apprenticeship and new recruits and measures these as a percentage of the total headcount of the public body at the beginning of the reporting period.

The target is an average over four years, split into individual reporting periods covering each financial year - 1 April to 31 March.

In addition to the staff the Council employs in its’ corporate workforce, staff based in schools where the Council is the employer are also in scope for the target.

The Council is responsible for reporting on progress towards meeting the target. Although the Councils overall target must include all staff in scope, reporting can be split to show the corporate workforce and schools separately.

Read more about on public sector apprenticeships in England on GOV.UK

Suffolk County Council corporate workforce

Reporting year

Target number of new apprenticeship starts

Actual  number of new apprenticeship starts

% increase on the number of new starts in the previous year

Apprenticeship starts as a percentage of headcount (target is 2.3%)

Percentage of target met

April 2017 to March 2018

131

43

N/A

0.8%

33%

April 2018 to March 2019

129

50

16%

0.9%

39%

April 2019 to March 2020

125

107

114%

2.0%

85%

April 2020 to March 2021

123

To be confirmed

 To be confirmed

To be confirmed

To be confirmed


Suffolk County Council schools workforce

Reporting year

Target number of new apprenticeship starts

Actual  number of new apprenticeship starts

% increase on the number of new starts in the previous year

Apprenticeship starts as a percentage of headcount (target is 2.3%)

Percentage of target met

April 2017 to March 2018

176

19

N/A

0.2%

10.8%

April 2018 to March 2019

141

12

-37%

0.2%

8.5%

April 2019 to March 2020

114

25

108%

0.5%

22%

April 2020 to March 2021

104

To be confirmed

 To be confirmed

To be confirmed

To be confirmed


Suffolk County Council combined schools and corporate workforce

Reporting year

Target number of new apprenticeship starts

Actual  number of new apprenticeship starts

% increase on the number of new starts in the previous year

Apprenticeship starts as a percentage of headcount (target is 2.3%)

Percentage of target met

April 2017 to March 2018

307

62

N/A

0.46%

20%

April 2018 to March 2019

270

62

0%

0.53%

23%

April 2019 to March 2020

238

132

113%

1.27%

55%

April 2020 to March 2021

226

To be confirmed

 To be confirmed

To be confirmed

To be confirmed