Apprenticeships across West Sussex

The County Council has embraced apprenticeships and wishes other employers to do likewise. Any businesses new to apprenticeships can access information and advice from the Apprentice Makers website. West Sussex also offers business advice to any employer new to Apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships are a key way of boosting the local economy, through providing training along side paid work opportunities, providing opportunities for skills development, all of which can enhance productivity and increase competitiveness of businesses.
We aim to increase apprentices across the county by 5% year on year.

The National Apprenticeship Service is part of the Skills Funding Agency

December 2019 performance

Following the significant drop in apprenticeship starts last year, both locally and nationally, this year saw growth. The number of new starts in West Sussex was 4,860 compared to 4,790 last year. 
Nationally apprenticeships starts have risen since last year. It is likely due to employers and training providers becoming more familiar with the apprenticeship levy, introduced in 2017, and the significant development of new apprenticeship standards, meaning they more readily meet the need of employers.
Our 2019-20 milestone target is 6,703.
Since 2015/16, West Sussex have provided over 21,300 new apprenticeships starts for our community, which is an average over 5,300 per academic year.


West Sussex County Council is continuing to support and promote apprenticeships through Apprenticeship Information Fairs, an annual apprentice graduation ceremony. There has been a significant increase in the number of apprenticeships starting in the county council and schools and through its levy transfer funding programme.  We have currently connected to 31 SME employers in the county and are funding their apprenticeship training through our transfer programme. More details can be found here
Apprentices in West Sussex County Council
We also measure the numbers of apprentices within West Sussex County Council. Read more for further details.