What is an apprenticeship programme?

An apprenticeship programme is a fixed term contract which provides experience in the workplace with dedicated support and an opportunity to gain qualifications, up to a postgraduate degree, whilst receiving a salary.

Becoming an apprentice with us will give you the opportunity to:

  • Earn while you learn
  • Minimum starting salary of £16,755 per annum or above
  • Work within a variety of roles across a range of services
  • Join the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Gain generous holiday package
  • Gain access to our award winning Herts Rewards package.

Who is an apprenticeship for?

Our Apprenticeship Programmes are available for a variety of individuals, from those who have limited or no work experience/qualifications in the specific field to those wanting a career change or to develop further. The changes to apprenticeships mean that the opportunities are now open to all ages and the apprenticeship levy allows us to offer quality training and qualifications to existing staff as well as new apprentices.

To make the most of this opportunity, you will need to be motivated and excited about a career with us. You will be someone who likes working within a team, a good communicator with a positive approach and committed to working flexibly to achieve what your department or team needs.

How long is the apprenticeship programme?

The duration of the apprenticeship is determined by the level and complexity. The minimum duration for an apprenticeship is 12 months, with some of our degree level programmes around 2-3 years. The apprenticeship programme will always be of sufficient length to ensure that workplace learning and job experience is appropriate to prepare apprentices for the role.


Continued development

Once you have finished the apprenticeship programme or if you would like to explore further opportunities with us, please take a look at the current vacancies that we have to offer as apprenticeship qualifications, may be available as part of your continuous professional development.

Newly recruited apprentices and existing employees will have opportunities for a wide range of apprenticeship qualifications, including: engineering, business administration, leadership and management and health and social care.

If you have any questions about the Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Programme or apprenticeship qualifications, please email: HAP@hertfordshire.gov.uk.

Apprenticeship levy

The Hertfordshire Apprenticeship Programme has been set up to utilise the apprenticeship levy to best effect across the organisation. Our vision for the levy is to maximise it to the benefit of skills and learning throughout the workforce and County; to address existing skill shortages and to be bold in the opportunities the levy brings.

As well as changes to how apprenticeships are funded, there is a renewed effort to promote apprenticeships as work based qualifications, equivalent to an NVQ level 2 - 7, which is up to postgraduate degree level, all whilst receiving a salary. They provide valuable on the job experience and let apprentices build workplace relationships which they would not have access to in other types of training or education.

Apprenticeships are not just for young people, they are now available to anyone of any age or background who are looking to learn new skills or want a career change. Apprenticeship qualifications will also provide opportunities for existing staff to continue their professional development without changing their contract or salary.

How to apply

You'll receive email updates every time an apprenticeship vacancy is available.


Level 2 adult care worker apprenticeship

Looking for a career in social care? Want to support people to get the most out of their life and to help achieve their goals? This apprenticeship could be for you.

Callan Boland

Finance apprentice

“My experience as an apprentice at Hertfordshire county council has been very positive, having received all the support I needed from my line manager and my colleagues over the last year and a half. I was able to learn both on my course and in my role and I continue to learn accounting knowledge every day. My colleagues would always be understanding with my college workload and helped reduce the stress that came with it. I would fully recommend an apprenticeship with HCC!”

Laura Ambler

Business administration apprentice

“Completing an apprenticeship at HCC opened up loads of opportunities for me and enabled me to meet people in all different teams. Throughout my apprenticeship I developed my confidence and gained a wide range of skills.”

For more information on how apprenticeships work and are funded,  visit the apprenticeship information on gov.uk.