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Earn while you learn and get hands on with a wide range of industries, including construction, business, IT, engineering, care, horticulture, and retail.  

Apprenticeships are part-financed by the European Social Fund

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a great way to learn and earn at the same time. An apprenticeship is a combination of qualifications which can include:

  • a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), which is based on completing practical tasks in the workplace
  • a technical certificate, which is usually exam based
  • skills that will help you whilst at work, such as in English, maths & IT

The apprenticeship will take you anything from 1 to 4 years to complete, depending on the industry you choose.

Do I need to be working?

To be an apprentice you will need to work in the industry that you want to complete the apprenticeship in for at least 30 hours per week. Your employer will need to allow you to train at college and be willing to support you at work by allowing you to complete an agreed range of tasks.

We can help you find an employer who's happy to do this.

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Apprenticeships for employers

Looking to recruit an apprentice or train existing employees? We offer apprenticeships in a wide range of industries including construction, business, catering, hospitality, engineering, care, retail and horticulture.

What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are designed to meet your needs as an employer through vocational training. It is a combination of on-the-job training and qualifications that are current and relevant to your industry.

Download Apprenticeship guide for employers


Who can do an apprenticeship?

To put it simply, almost anyone of any age over 16 can undertake apprenticeship training, even those who have degree qualifications can now be considered to undertake an apprenticeship programme. This applies equally to both new and existing employees in your business. Apprenticeships are a fantastic option for those of any age who would like to gain new qualifications alongside working within their chosen industry. There are a range of apprenticeship levels available to suit your organisation and the skills required for your business.

How are apprenticeships funded?

From April 2017 the funding of apprenticeships changed with the introduction of the apprenticeship levy. The amount of funding required from your business to support apprenticeship training will depend on the size of your payroll. To see the full details please download our 'Apprenticeship Guide for Employers' which contains the latest funding information based on current government policy.

Incentive payments of £1,000 from government are potentially available to support employers who take on an apprentice of 16-18 or age 19+ who have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

How will an apprenticeship benefit my organisation?

Having an apprentice in your organisation will:
- Improve productivity
- Reduce training costs
- Reduce recruitment costs
- Fill skills gaps, including specialist skills specific to your industry
- Motivate staff and reduce staff turnover
To calculate the financial benefits for your organisation, visit the National Apprenticeships website.

How can I get an apprentice?

Chichester College will help you to find the best match for your organisation, and it doesn’t stop there. We will continue to support you and your apprentice throughout the Apprenticeship including: taking care of the paper work; arranging appropriate funding; and providing advice and support. You will be assigned an apprentice officer who will be on hand to guide you through the process.

Can existing employees do an apprenticeship?

Yes. Apprenticeships are a valuable and cost effective way of training existing employees and enabling them to gain the skills and qualifications that your organisation needs. 

What types of apprenticeships are available?

We provide apprenticeship training in a wide range of areas including: Business and Administration; Construction; Creative & Cultural; Engineering; Health Care & Early Years; Horticulture & Animal Care; Retail & Commercial; Sport & Leisure.

How can I find out more?

To request more information or to discuss:

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Financial Help for 16-18 Years

We may be able to help you with the cost of fees, equipment, child care, travel and residential costs. You don't have to be on benefits to get financial help.

We have made applying as simple as possible, but it will involve filling in forms, providing evidence and telling us about your financial situation. We will then make an assessment based on your personal circumstances.


The Chichester College Learning Support Grant for 16-18

If you are aged 16-18, we may be able to help you with the cost of fees, equipment, child care, travel, meals and residential costs.

How do I apply for the Chichester College Learning Support Grant?

Application forms and guidance are available from the Student Finance team in the Student Centre at Chichester and the student tutor office at Brinsbury. Come in to see us or call 01243 786321. If you are already a student at Chichester College and coming back for another year, you can download an application form below.

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If you think you may be eligible for financial support please apply as soon as possible, as funds are limited. If your application is successful, further information will be sent to you about payment dates and claiming your award after enrolment.

No decisions relating to financial support will be communicated until after the 1st August of the year that you are applying for and if you are successful, no payments will be made until your enrolment is completed.


Travel Discounts


Stagecoach is offering a 7 day student Megarider gold ticket to allow unlimited bus travel on their bus services within West Sussex including routes to Brighton, Hampshire and Surrey. For more information or to buy your ticket online visit Stagecoach.


If your journey to Chichester or Brinsbury campus begins at Billingshurst, Shoreham-by-sea or Chichester, or any of the stations inbetween, you can purchase a 7 day Unizone ticket. A Unizone ticket entitles you to 7 days unlimted travel (within the destinations described above).

To purchase the Unizone ticket you will need both a 16-25 Railcard and a student card. Your student card will be given to you when you enrol. You will need to apply online at for your 16-25 railcard.

If you are over the age of 25 you can also apply for the 16-25 railcard. You will need to upload and complete the Mature Student Declaration available on the 16-25 railcard website.


If your journey to Chichester or Brinsbury campus begins at Horley or Ockley, or any of the stations inbetween, you will be entitled to a 34% discount. Tickets are purchased from Southern Railway's website

This will be subject to the following conditions:

- You must be a full time student

- You must have obtained a free 'Sussex Student Card' (visit )

- You must purchase your ticket for a minimum of one month

Your discount will only be valid for stations that are not covered by the Worthing and Billingshurst Unizone.



We have a nursery called First Steps at both the Chichester and Brinsbury campuses, which offer great quality childcare to students.

If you are aged 19 or under and have children, you can apply for help with childcare costs from the Care to Learn scheme.  If you are aged over 20, you can apply for help through the Chichester College Learning Support Grant for 19+.


Residential Bursaries

We offer bursaries to full-time students taking landbased courses at our Brinsbury campus who live beyond a normal, daily traveling distance. The bursary is for accommodation costs or for travel costs, if the student wishes to stay at home.  The bursary can be up to £94 a week for students living away from home.  The bursary is means tested, so the amount you receive will depend on your family's income.  Applications for bursaries are made direct to the college, please speak to the Student Finance team for more information.


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