Apprenticeships for the employed

Did you know you could do an Apprenticeship with your current employer?

67 percent of apprentices are already employed

Why do an Apprenticeship when already employed?

An Apprenticeship is a great opportunity to learn new skills and gain a recognised qualification if you’re looking to improve your prospects.  You’ll still receive the same salary and holiday allowance so you don’t need to worry about changes to your contract of work.

We offer Apprenticeships in business administration, childcare, customer service, dental nursing, health and social care, team leading, management, retail and sales and recruitment.


How does an Apprenticeship work?

An Apprenticeship is completed on the job, so is a great option if you’re already employed for at least 16 hours per week.  You’ll learn at work and could be online as well.

How long will it take to complete?

An Apprenticeship will usually take 12 to 24 months.

How will you support me?

You’ll have a dedicated learndirect Trainer Assessor for the complete duration of your Apprenticeship.  You’ll be supported by phone and online and through regular visits to you in your workplace.

How will I achieve an Apprenticeship?

You’ll be assessed by your learndirect Trainer Assessor through a range of different methods from observation and discussions about the work you’re doing, to witness testimonies from your colleagues, and workbooks you’ve completed.

If you need Functional Skills qualifications, your learndirect Trainer Assessor will work with you to plan how you’ll achieve these.

Apprenticeships we offer

We’ve a range of Apprenticeships for you to choose from:

business administration ApprenticeshipBusiness administration is relevant to hundreds of job roles in virtually every industry.  This Apprenticeship is a great option if you are looking to take on more responsibility, perhaps move up to a senior administrator or supervisor role.

A childcare Apprenticeship will enable you work in a wide range of roles such as a childcare practitioner supporting all areas of children’s development.  If you want to take on more responsibility in your current job, you could move up to a supervisor or nursery nurse role.

Working in customer service gives you the skills to use in all sorts of organisations and an Apprenticeship will give you a foundation for future progression in a range of different roles that involve customer contact.  You can use to perhaps to move up to a team leader or customer relationship manager.

Dental ApprenticeshipOur dental nursing  Advanced Apprenticeship is accepted for registration with the General Dental Council (GDC).  If you’re employed in dental nursing but now need a qualification, we can help.  It’ll give you the skills to support the wider dental team with patient care.

Health and social care Apprenticeships will give you the skills that are essential to all care environments; including hospitals, health centres, educational and community centres, residential homes.  If you’re keen to progress in your current role and perhaps move up to a senior care worker or supervisor role, an Apprenticeship will help you gain the skills and knowledge to take on more responsibility.

Team leading and management Apprenticeships at different levels to help you gain the skills and knowledge valuable in any industry.

A range of retail and sales Apprenticeships that can strengthen your career and help you progress to more experienced positions.  The skills you’ll learn with us are transferable to all retail environments.

Our recruitment Apprenticeships are ideal if you want to develop the skills needed to understand the competitive world of the employment and recruitment services industry.

Next steps

If you’re interested in completing an Apprenticeship with your current employer, please fill in your details below and our team will be in touch with you:

We can speak to your employer on your behalf about you starting an Apprenticeship.  Your employer can find out more about the benefits to them by downloading our Apprenticeships guide for employers.

If you’re interested in completing an Apprenticeship but aren’t currently working or want to do one with a different employer, please take a look at our current Apprenticeship vacancies.

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