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Apprenticeships are work-based learning programmes designed for people who wish to train on the job, get a qualification and earn at the same time.


What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are training programmes in the workplace, where apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain specific skills, while receiving training from our learning centre.

Apprenticeships represent an invaluable route for learning practical, on-the-job skills, as well as furthering education and gaining a formal qualification, all while earning a salary.

Our Apprenticeship programmes usually last between 12 and 48 months and consist of:

  • Training for an industry specific qualification (including Literacy and Numeracy).
  • Workplace training and assessment.
  • Day-release attendance at our learning centre. IT

As soon as the Apprenticeship begins, we will appoint employer engagement officer to co-ordinate training and liaise between the Apprentice, employer, and our learning centre. The employer engagement officer and at an Assessor will visit the workplace to monitor progress.

You will achieve a nationally recognised qualification in your chosen area by demonstrating your practical competence and technical knowledge along with skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT.

Apprentices learn via a mixture of on and off-the-job training both in the workplace as well as at our learning centre. 

How the apprenticeship programme works

The apprenticeship programme is called a framework and usually consists of the following:

  • Knowledge element
    This is the technical certificate and covers the theory side of your work which is delivered when you attend our learning centre, in order that you can put newly acquired skills into practice at work
  • Competence element
    This is the practical side of the programme and is assessed in the workplace by one of our assessors to ensure that you are developing your skills and putting all that you learn into practice
  • Functional skills
    This covers English, Maths and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Transferable skills
    These are skills that help you develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and your rights as an employee within the workplace

We offer apprenticeships in:

  • Floristry
  • Horticulture
  • Child Care
  • Health and Social Care
  • Business Administration

To become an apprentice, the following eligibility criteria apply: CCare

  • You must be living in the UK/EU for at least 3 years and be legally allowed to work here
  • You must be in full-time work. This can also take the form of voluntary work in the relevant sector working a minimum of 30 hours per week.
  • People who already have a qualification at level 4 or higher (including NVQ, Dip HE, HNC, HND and degrees) are not eligible for any government funding which effectively rules them out also.
  •  You must be aged 16 or over - there is no upper age limit.

Current vacancies

Please see our current apprenticeship vacancies 

How to apply

Register your details 


Does your business fit into one of these categories?

  • Floristry (flower shop and wholesalers; floral display for conferences and exhibitions)
  • Horticulture (garden centre; gardening services & maintenance; grower/nursery production;   landscaping; groundsman) 
  • Child Care (pre-school or nursery; children's centres; child-minding; SEN assistance)
  • Health & Social Care (Residential care; community and primary care; hospitals; domiciliary care; supported living projects)
  • Business Administration (Any type of organisation or company where business administration is important)

If so, then make Hillingdon Adult & Community Learning your partner in supporting your business in the above areas to grow through Apprenticeships.

Why employ an apprentice?

  • Get up to £1,500 government funding for taking on an apprentice
  • Train your new or existing staff in a cost effective way
  • You will recruit a motivated, committed and loyal person from day one
  • Taking on an apprentice makes recruitment and training easier and reduces costs
  • Apprentices contribute towards your specific business needs

Not sure about an apprenticeship? Why not take somebody on for a Traineeship?

Traineeships are for young people aged 16-23 who are job ready who are near job ready and just need to improve their skills to improve their confidence and experience before they gain an apprenticeship or a job. 

A traineeship consists of work placements and work skills training, combined with study in English and maths.

Who are they for?

The trainee will work in your business for between 6 weeks and 6 months, Carry out duties and activities that you have specified, and receive training from our learning centre.
You do not pay wages as placements are free. The only thing we ask is to maintain contact with us during the placement and at the end of the programme provide an exit interview, a formal reference and (if available) a job or apprenticeship.

Next step

Hillingdon Adult Learning can help you find the right person, access funding, then recruit and agree a training plan for your apprentice.

Contact apprenticeships@hillingdon.gov.uk or telephone 01895 671967.

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