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The Guernsey Apprenticeship

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Apprenticeships have been offered in the Bailiwick since 1949, with thousands of islanders having trained as apprentices, leading to many long and rewarding careers.

Working in partnership with local employers and the States of Guernsey, the Guernsey College of Further Education which is part of The Guernsey Institute is responsible for managing The Guernsey Apprenticeship.

The College strives to respond to the emerging needs of the islands' industries, developing programmes that support and benefit the community and economy as a whole.

Further information for employers or those interested in becoming an apprentice can be found here.

  • What does The Guernsey Apprenticeship offer?

    • The Guernsey Apprenticeship offers the opportunity for an individual to earn a salary and gain a nationally recognised technical, professional or vocational qualification whilst working in industry.
    • Apprenticeships vary in length, depending on the sector, and take between 1 and 5 years to complete. 'Off-the-job' training is usually one day a week at the Guernsey College of Further Education with the rest of the week being spent working for the employer.
  • Why an Apprenticeship?

    • A great alternative to post-16 education, apprenticeships offer individuals who wish to go straight into the workplace after school, the opportunity to continue to study. It also provides opportunities for those wanting a career change, and adults returning to work later in life.
    • Apprenticeships allow employers to build their future talent through the development of sector-specific skills and expertise, as well as the many transferable skills that come from learning in the workplace.
  • Who can apply for an Apprenticeship?

    • With employment in the relevant sector, courses are available to anyone over the age of 16. Enrolments are now online and are open throughout the year, with most courses commencing in September.
    • Qualifications required are sector-specific. Please look at the individual brochures on our website at to ascertain if there are entry requirements for your chosen apprenticeship.
    • Initial assessment for suitability and any necessary support and guidance is offered to those who have not achieved a minimum of four GCSEs at grade D/3 or above.
    • Those apprentices who have not achieved English and maths qualifications will also be required to complete a functional skills programme through the College before completion of the apprenticeship.

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