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Our team of apprenticeship experts provide support and guidance to help schools and employers hire apprentices, as well as working with young people and parents to provide information on apprenticeships. This includes how to apply for an apprenticeship, as well as improving the awareness of the great opportunities on offer at all levels, from level 2 (intermediate) to Higher and Degree apprenticeships.

How do we Support the Apprenticeship Agenda?

We support the apprenticeship agenda in many ways, these include:

  • supporting local authority community and voluntary controlled schools on all their apprenticeship activities. (including primary) to access the county council’s apprenticeship levy
  • supporting all other primary and secondary schools to advertise their vacancies, as well as how to recruit and retain apprentices and providing guidance on apprenticeship levy transfers
  • supporting businesses and employers to advertise vacancies, and how to recruit and retain apprentices
  • we also provide guidance to employers and schools on apprenticeship levy transfers
  • promoting apprenticeships as a sustainable pathway to skilled employment, by attending events, delivering sessions to young people in schools. and producing apprenticeship resources.

The service has its own apprenticeship webpage linking to the latest apprenticeship vacancies from National Apprenticeship service (NAS).

The ApprenticeKent team can also support employers with  creating opportunities,  as well as advertising them on NAS and to young people through links with schools.

Meet the Apprenticeship Team

and has worked previously with different training providers. He has worked in the apprenticeship arena for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy, Dave has been working with schools to understand how they can best use the levy. He has gained a range of experience in the welfare-to-work agenda, managing a variety of different back to work programmes including work experience, work tasters and apprenticeships across the county.

David leads on our employer engagement project, which involves working with employers across Kent and Medway to increase the number of opportunities available to local young people and developing the apprenticeship offer to promote the benefits of apprenticeships to schools, young people, parents and businesses. His role is to create and develop county wide opportunities for apprenticeships and work experience through employer engagement, partnership working, within KCC and other local authorities for the benefit of the local community.

David has also worked on several different trailblazer groups in the development of new apprenticeship standards. He is one of the directors of Kent Association of Training Organisations (KATO), working with the local training providers in Kent, to help support the development of the training available across the county. This is achieved by providing strategic overview and facilitating collaborative activities between education providers, training providers and employers to support the progression into the world of work.

universities, youth justice & prison estate. It has always been his passion to guide and support young people & adults in making more informed decisions about their next steps by providing them with the tools to progress forward within their journey.

In his role as an Employability Officer, Shane educates employers, young people and adults on the benefits of undertaking or providing an apprenticeship. He supports businesses across Kent to provide work experience opportunities and help them to understand the benefits it brings their organisation, as well as how it helps to shape and inform the next generation of employees.

Shane works alongside The Specialist Employment Service to support employers across Kent to successfully meet recruitment needs while promoting diversity and inclusion. He provides support for employers to become 'disability confident' to help empower disabled and disadvantaged individuals into sustainable employment and training.