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Learning, Skills and Employment Support for Employers

Information and Support for Employers

Your company, business, or organisation regardless of how big or small could benefit from some of the services we offer.

Stockton Council Learning and Skills Service has delivered learning programmes across the Tees Valley for more than 40 years.  Our tutors are skilled, experienced and friendly offering a bespoke and flexible service tailored to your needs.


National Apprenticeship Week – Business Networking Event

On Thursday 09 March 2017 as part of National Apprenticeship Week the Learning and Skills service are holding a full day's programme of events at Preston Hall Museum. Starting with a Business Breakfast Meeting, they are offering local businesses the opportunity to meet up, network and find out what plans Stockton Council have for growth in the borough as well as discover how changes to apprenticeship funding from April 2017 will affect their business.

Stockton Council Learning & Skills have a number of initiatives available to local employers, many of which are available at no cost - We are certain we can add value and drive your business forward.

Sign up to the event visit the Eventbrite website or contact Calum Macpherson:

Telephone 01642 527573



National Apprenticeship Week – Y11 Drop in event

On Thursday 09 March 2017, as part of National Apprenticeship Week the Learning and Skills service are holding a full day's programme of events at Preston Hall Museum. From 3:30pm-5:30pm Y11’s are invited to come along and chat to the Learning and Skills team about their next steps after school and find out more about apprenticeships and what they can offer.

For more information call Learning and Skills on:

Telephone 01642 527904




An Apprentice is appointed for a minimum of 12 months. They work a minimum of 30 hours per week but no more than 40, salaried on or at least the National Apprenticeship minimum wage. There are currently no other additional costs as support funding can be arranged and we can source and provide suitable applicants for selection. Apprenticeships are available at levels two - five and are available for new and existing staff wanting to upskill. They may be a young apprentice 16 - 18 or an adult 19 - 65. It is your responsibility to issue the young person with a contract of employment. An age grant maybe available where you can claim up to £1,500 to help suitable applications for selection towards the costs (eligibility criteria applies).


Stockton Council Learning and Skills Service offer Apprenticeships in the following areas:

• Higher Apprenticeship - Level 5 Management & Leadership

The Management & Leadership higher apprenticeship is a vocationally-related, credit-based qualification, designed to enhance and expand general knowledge and the understanding of management and promote management competencies. Whether candidates are already employed in the management field or are looking at management as a future career path, the qualifications will provide essential knowledge and understanding in all generic areas.

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• Business Administration

Tasks may vary depending upon the level and sector in which apprentices are employed but may include making and receiving telephone calls, helping with the organisation of meetings and events, dealing with travel requests, handling mail, record keeping and using electronic message systems and office equipment.

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• Customer Service

Whatever job role or sector a Customer Service apprentice might work in, they will be learning and understanding the key concepts of customer service and how to apply customer service knowledge and skills in the workplace. This could involve communicating with customers, building relationships with customers, resolving problems, promoting products and/or services, using appropriate communication channels, keeping records, gathering customer feedback and working in a team.

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• Health and Social Care

Tasks include supporting people to complete daily activities, personal care, assisting with meals, manual handling, health and safety, promoting choice and equal opportunities as well as completion of paperwork relating to care activities.

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• Level 5 in Leadership in Health and Social Care

This qualification is aimed at those who are emerging in a leadership role or for those already established in this field. The qualification is aimed to develop skills in strategic planning, strategic change and business process design alongside core leadership and management abilities such as inspiring colleagues and delivering results.

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• Team Leading

Tasks undertaken by apprentices will vary depending on the level and sector in which they are employed. Tasks may include planning, allocating and monitoring the work of the team, giving feedback, briefing teams, supporting team members, managing conflict, resolving problems, procuring supplies, project management, agreeing budgets and managing and improving customer service.

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Supporting Teaching and Learning

Apprentices will work under the direct supervision of a class teacher and shadow experienced teaching assistants. Duties will include preparing resources, maintaining the learning environment and supporting pupils during learning activities including English, mathematics and ICT.

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• Children and Young People’s Workforce

This involves daily care routines of children and babies. Work in nurseries, crèche’s, breakfast and afterschool clubs. Work would also involve planning activities for young children and preparing snacks for them. Entry requirements for L3 in Early years is maths and English GCSE grades A-C.

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Apprenticeship vacancies



Traineeships provide unemployed young people and adults up to the age of 24 with skills and experience to progress to be an apprentice or sustainable work. If you have vacancies and want to recruit staff but unsure as to exactly what you want - this route could be for you. A Traineeship is a preparation programme up to 24 year olds which must be completed between six weeks and six months. A traineeship includes work programme, work preparation, English and maths, ESOL etc. A Traineeship must lead to a real job opportunity or an apprenticeship and the trainee would have a guaranteed interview. Funding maybe available to support the young person.


To find out more

Our fully qualified and experienced staff will support you through the whole process, guaranteeing you a hassle free service. If you would like to find out more please contact:

Calum Macpherson on 01642 527573, email or 01642 528112.

Address: Stockton Council Learning and Skills, Billingham Community Centre, The Causeway, Billingham, TS23 2DA


Stockton Information Directory

The Stockton Information Directory provides information and advice on a range of services and opportunities for adults across the borough of Stockton. The wide range of services include information and advice on where local groups or leisure activities are taking place, what help you can get to remain in your own home as well as housing and care home information, and much more.

Visit the Stockton Information Directory for a full range of employment and volunteering support.