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Introduction to Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships allow employees to earn qualifications whilst acquiring skills through real experiences in the work place. They are a training option for both new starters and for those with long standing careers looking to advance their knowledge and skills beyond their current level. More and more people are choosing Apprenticeships as a good alternative to university or to continue their learning in an existing job role.

Huish specialises in offering streamlined routes into careers in either Teaching and Learning or Accountancy. Our qualifications range up to Level 7 (higher degree level).

We can help individuals find the right Apprenticeship to meet their goals. Our expert Advisors also work with businesses to plan and implement bespoke training programmes to allow you as an employer to build the skills you need within your organisation. 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.


Huish has a long history of delivering AAT and ACCA qualifications and is ACCA’s only gold approved learning partner in Somerset. These internationally recognised qualifications are ideal if you wish to succeed in Professional 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 and educational careers. We offer Apprenticeships that can support you in a variety of roles working in schools, nurseries, colleges and other training environments. If you think you have what it takes to inspire and nurture others, whatever stage of your career you are currently in, we hope to help you find a training option to support you to achieve your aspirations in education.

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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 or 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.

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.

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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.

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What is an Apprentice’s Contract of Employment like?

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.

How much will an Apprentice cost me?

The rate an Apprentice must be paid will depend on their age and whether they are in the first 12 months of their Apprenticeship. Please visit for the latest information about pay rates.

Course fees are dependent on employer size and age of Apprentice. Please contact our team for an informal chat if you would like any advice about your business and Apprenticeship funding.

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?

  • Support with the 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