West Sussex Apprenticeships

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Graduation ceremony

Graduation ceremony

The 2019 West Sussex Apprentice graduation ceremony takes place at The Hawth Theatre, Crawley on Monday 20th May 2019 at 3pm.

The ceremony celebrates and recognises the achievements of Higher/Degree 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

Meanwhile, also at The Hawth, the FSB is holding a business reception for your apprentice employers. 

You are eligible to attend the Graduation if:

  • you completed your Advanced or Higher/Degree Apprenticeship during 2018 (1 January 2018 to 28 February 2019)
  • the employer, where you completed your Apprenticeship, is located in West Sussex.

View the Ceremony Details

To confirm your attendance, book your robe or official photos visit Your Graduation. Attendance to the ceremony and your two guests is free of charge, you simply need to book your place.

Timings: Registration at The Hawth from 1.30pm. Ceremony: 3pm 

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

The closing date to have your name appear in the graduation programme has now passed but you can still register to attend the ceremony.

Last year's graduation ceremony

On Tuesday 6th March 2018 the hard work and achievements of Higher and Advanced Apprentices in West Sussex were celebrated at the graduation ceremony. Take a look at what happened on the night. 



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. 

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.

Watch our latest film to see how apprenticeships work in West Sussex County Council.

Read the real life stories of apprentices working in West Sussex.

“I like being able to work with different people across all the HR teams. I have met some amazing people who are great at their jobs. I'm enjoying being able to continue studying whilst working. It sounds cliché, but the whole earn while you learn phrase is true!” – Jasmine Kennard, HR Higher Apprentice.

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Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN)

Young Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN)

A new national Young Apprentice Ambassador Network was established in 2018 so that trained Apprentice Ambassadors (both current and former apprentices) can be invited into schools to talk to students and parents about becoming an apprentice. Take a look at the YAAN website for more information and consider how you can share your apprenticeship story with others. 

Holly-Jade Ryder is the new Chair of the YAAN for the Coast2Capital sub-area, South East England, you can email her on holly-jade.ryder@midsussex.gov.uk 

For general enquiries, please email apprentice.network@westsussex.gov.uk.

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