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Best Apprenticeship Training Provider - SomersetApprenticeships are for all ages and can be taken at any stage in your career

Apprenticeships are a good alternative to university and many can be started without prior qualifications. They allow you to start earning while gaining valuable work experience and nationally recognised qualifications along the way. Our Apprenticeships offer a streamlined route into careers in either Teaching and Learning or Accountancy. Our qualifications range up to Level 7, so whether you are just starting out, or looking to propel your career further, an Apprenticeship could be perfect for you. 

Employers all over the country recognise and value qualifications earned through Apprenticeships as they show that you have been trained in the skills they need, are work ready, qualified and competent.

Some of the qualifications we offer can also be completed outside an Apprenticeship at cost if this is preferred by the learner/employer. Visit our Adult Learner section for more information.

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During the 18 month Apprenticeship, I have learnt and developed a lot of knowledge and skills through both my workplace and at College. I have been supported by my Assessor/Tutor and have always been able to ask for more support when needed. I have enjoyed completing the Apprenticeship.

Emily May, Teaching Assistant Apprentice


Our AAT and ACCA Apprenticeships are perfect if you are looking to start a career in Accountancy. We offer Apprenticeships right up to Level 7 allowing you to start as a beginner and advance continually throughout your career.  

Teaching and Learning

Apprenticeships provide a great pathway into teaching. We offer Apprenticeships that can support you in a variety of roles working in schools, nurseries, colleges and other training environments. Whatever stage of your career we hope to help you find a training option to support you to achieve your aspirations in education. 

 Visit our course list for our latest qualifications.

What level Apprenticeship suits you?

Level 1 and 2 courses: These typically require no prior knowledge and are designed to support the learner in gaining practical skills to improve performance in the workplace. Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeships are equivalent educational level as GCSEs.

Level 3 courses: These are aimed at learners with a level of experience or prior learning. This may include a Level 2 qualification or relevant work experience. Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent educational level as A Levels.

Level 4 qualifications (university level and above): These allow those learners with a significant range of experience or prior achievement to develop their skills even further. A Level 3 or equivalent qualification is usually required to move onto this level. Level 4-7 Higher Apprenticeships are equivalent educational level as Foundation Degree or above.

Level 5 qualifications and above (university and post-graduate level): These are suitable for individuals who wish to gain an understanding of strategic decision making or who wish to develop high level specialist skills in support of business.

Feeling lost?

If you’re feeling uncertain about where to begin or unsure about what you are looking for then don’t hesitate to contact us for an informal chat to get a better idea about the options we have waiting for you.

Download the Apprenticeships Learner Handbook.

How do I Apply?

Applying for an Apprenticeship is like applying for a job. You can apply for an Apprenticeship at any point during the year as they are not restricted to an academic calendar. For more information visit our Application page.

View our current vacancies. 

How long does an Apprenticeship take to complete?

Apprenticeships typically take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of framework or standard. There is no set time to complete an Apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size.

How much time will I spend on the Richard Huish College campus?

As an employee you will be in work place for the majority of your time as most training takes place on the job. You will attend College for off-the-job training on a day release basis depending on your qualification.

How are Apprenticeships assessed?

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of Employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress. You will be asked to complete assignments for each unit of your Apprenticeship.

Can I do an Apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes, If your current employer is happy to support your chosen Apprenticeship than they should contact us and we will liaise with them how to start your Apprenticeship.

Download the Apprenticeships Employer Handbook.

Visit our Adult Learning page to find out more about all qualifications and bespoke training available at Richard Huish College.

How much will an Apprentice cost me?

Wage – the average salary for a first-time Apprentice is between £8,000 – £10,000 per annum. The minimum they must be paid is £3.90. If an Apprentice is aged 19 or over they must be on National Minimum Wage after 12 months of their programme. Course Fees – Course fees are dependent on employer size and age of Apprentice.

What is the Government Incentive Scheme (August 2020-September 2021)?

Current cash incentives offered by the government have made it a great time to hire an Apprentice.

Businesses who take on a new Apprentice before 31st March 2021 will be given £2,000 for each new Apprentice they hire under the age of 25. This is in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the Government already provides for new 16-18-year old Apprentices. Any Apprentices hired over the age of 25, employers will receive £1500 incentive.

From 1st April 2021, this incentive will increase further to £3,000 for all new Apprentices hired, regardless of their age. The incentive scheme will end on 30th September 2021.

What about Contract of Employment?

If you are taking on a new Apprentice, the Apprentice must have a contract of employment. We advise you to make this a fixed term contract linked to the length of their Apprenticeship programme and we would advise you to have the word ‘Apprentice’ in their job title. They must work a minimum of 30 hours per week, including the time spent at Richard Huish College. They should have a named supervisor and if they are under the age of 18 they should not be working alone. They will generally have the same terms and conditions as other employees within your organisation e.g holiday entitlement, hours of work.

What is the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Policy?

Watch the film below by ESFA for more information about the Apprenticeship levy transfer policy.

ESFA film about the Apprenticeship levy transfer policy

What support will you receive from Richard Huish College?

  • Recruitment and interview process
  • Apprenticeship sign up
  • Visits from Assessor (except AAT) every 6-8 weeks
  • Richard Huish College Teacher/Tutor
  • Regular review meetings with an Assessor
  • Additional Support from Student Services if required
  • Information, Advice and Guidance during the programme

Apprenticeship Training Service Agreement for employers