Apprentices and further education

Employing apprentices

Employers across a range of sectors have seen how employing apprentices can benefit their business in a number of ways, from bringing new skill sets and fresh perspectives into the workforce to giving employers the opportunity to develop and nurture their own talent pipeline. 

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College and Worthing College both run apprenticeship schemes. For further details about the schemes and the funding available please see: 

Further information about apprenticeships

Local further education providers

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET) 

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET) offers a comprehensive range of qualifications for 16-19 year olds, university degrees, full and part time courses for adults, apprenticeships and professional qualifications. The college operates across five campuses in Brighton, Shoreham, Worthing.

For more information see:

Worthing College

Worthing College provides high quality general education for 16 to 19 year olds, offering the widest choice of AS, A Levels and BTECs in the area. The college also offers a programme of evening classes for adults.

For more information see:

University of Sussex

Based in Brighton, the University of Sussex offers a range of services to business including:

  • consultancy and expertise
  • intellectual property management
  • award-winning innovation centre
  • knowledge transfer
  • vacancy advertising for students and graduates
  • world-class research and development
  • conference centre

For more information see:

University of Brighton

University of Brighton has a long history of working with business and community partners in the region. Services include:

  • research and development
  • consultancy
  • specialist facilities
  • flexible education and training for the workplace
  • short courses
  • knowledge transfer programmes
  • support for entrepreneurial ventures
  • student placements and graduate recruitment
  • working with community and social enterprises

For more information see:

University of Chichester

University of Chichester provides a range of services to help local businesses, including:

  • consultancy
  • research projects
  • business networking events
  • training courses 
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)

For more information see:

Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. This government funded scheme is open to employers of all sizes, and funding covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage, depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of six months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Employers can apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either applying online themselves (see below), or applying through a Kickstart gateway. The main gateway organisations in our area are:

Further information:

Apprenticeship Grant

Adur & Worthing Councils fund Apprenticeship Grants for small local businesses, in partnership with Adur and Worthing Business Partnership. For more information please see:

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Page last updated: 09 July 2021