West Sussex Apprenticeships

Search and apply for apprenticeship opportunities in West Sussex




An apprenticeship is a work-based training programme, which leads to a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships are available at Level 2 Intermediate (equivalent to 5 A-C grades at GCSE) up to Level 7 Post graduate/Professional and include the new Degree Apprenticeships.

Anyone living in England over the age of 16 who has completed compulsory full-time education, can apply.

What is an apprenticeship?

There are rules governing what an apprenticeship is. The main ones are:

  • the apprentice must be employed in a real job; they may be an existing employee or a new recruit
  • the apprentice must work towards achieving an approved apprenticeship standard or apprenticeship framework
  • the apprenticeship training must last at least 12 months and could be up to four years

Apprenticeships bring many benefits, including:

  • earning a salary while you learn
  • getting paid holidays
  • learning job-specific skills and gaining qualifications
  • better employment and salary prospects

Search and apply

You can view a location map and list of the current apprenticeship opportunities in West Sussex via our website. 

You can also search for vacancies on the apprenticeships website, where you can select filter options to refine your search and find useful links providing further information about apprenticeships (you will need to create an account to apply for vacancies).

For current opportunities with the County Council, please visit our job search page and select 'apprenticeship' from the 'contract type' option.

Further information

Find out what real County Council apprentices think about their apprenticeship in the case studies below.

Apprenticeship case studies (PDF, 709KB)

Watch our latest film to see how apprenticeships work in WSCC.

Contact us for further details by emailing hr.customer.services@westsussex.gov.uk

Read the real life stories of Apprentices working in West Sussex HERE.

Supporting documents

WSCC Apprenticeship Guide (PDF, 632KB)

Easy Read Apprenticeship Guide (PDF, 332KB)

Working in local government - Career opportunities for young people (PDF, 582KB)

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony

Apprentice Graduation Ceremony

The second West Sussex Apprentice Graduation Ceremony takes place at Chichester Cathedral on Tuesday 7 March 2017, during National Apprenticeship Week.

The graduation celebrates and recognises the achievements of Higher and Advanced apprentices in the county, whilst raising the profile of apprenticeships and their contribution to both individuals and employers.

At the graduation apprentice graduands will enjoy:
• Light refreshments prior to the graduation during registration and robing
• A traditional graduation ceremony with guest speakers, photographs and a presentation
• Graduands will receive a certificate and commemorative pin.

There is a business reception for apprentice employers at The Novium, which is sponsored by the FSB.

You are eligible to attend if:
• You completed your Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship at any point from the 1 January to 31 December 2016
• The employer, where you completed your Apprenticeship, is located in West Sussex.

Download your information pack below or email ResourceTeamAllHubs@westsussex.gov.uk to request a copy.

Apprenticeship Graduation Pack 2017

To confirm your attendance, book your robe or official photos visit: www.yourgraduation.co.uk/wsag (closing date for registration has been extended to Monday 13 February 2017)

Timings: Registration at Edes House from 5pm, Ceremony: 7pm

If you have any questions or are unsure if you are eligible to attend please get in touch: Apprentice.Network@westsussex.gov.uk

Sponsors include: West Sussex County Council, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), District and Borough Councils, Central Sussex College, Chichester College, Northbrook College, Rewards Training, Worthing College and NCFE.


Last year's graduation ceremony:

On Tuesday 15 March 2016 the hard work and achievements of apprentices in West Sussex were celebrated at the county’s first ever graduation ceremony. More than 400 people had recently completed Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships in West Sussex and 62 attended the ceremony at Chichester Cathedral.  Qualifications ranged from apprenticeships in Accounting, Health and Social Care and Supporting Teaching and Learning.

Watch the short video below for an insight into what happened on the night.

There is also a Your Space post from Youth Cabinet Chair, Precious Otor, who attended the Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony and writes about what it means to her and other young people in West Sussex, plus a Storify page which has collated the best social media posts from the night.

Apprentice Ambassador Network

Apprentice Ambassador Network

The Apprentice Ambassador Network is an opportunity for Apprentices to share their apprenticeship experiences and act as role models to students on social media and in their local area.

You can read about the experiences of Apprentice Ambassadors working in businesses across West Sussex via Facebook or through our blog page.

If you are a current or recently qualified apprentice and would like to join the Network, please email apprentice.network@westsussex.gov.uk



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