Apprenticeships are paid jobs that include training, which leads to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices earn as they learn and gain practical skills and experience in the workplace. Many apprenticeships lead to highly skilled careers. Young people with an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan can keep their plan during their apprenticeship. Apprentices aged 19 to 25 with an EHC plan are fully funded on the same terms and funding rates as 16 to 18 year old apprentices. There is full information about apprenticeship funding available from the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Apprenticeships at Somerset County Council You can look for local apprenticeship vacancies with SCC on the Somerset County Council jobs page, or vacancies with other local employers on the national Apprenticeship Finder website. Somerset Colleges also work with local businesses to help them find apprentices. Bridgwater and Taunton College Apprenticeships Strode College Apprenticeships Yeovil College Apprenticeships North Somerset Apprenticeships Somerset County Council recruits 100 apprentices a year, providing opportunities to young people of different abilities and interests. Apprenticeships are available from GCSE to Masters Degrees – all fully funded. So, whether you want to be a solicitor or work in a nursery, have always seen yourself as an engineer or want to work in a library, there’s an opportunity for you. As apprenticeship places are usually filled one at a time, there isn’t a prospectus or course guide available.