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Adult Learning and Skills Service apprenticeships and traineeships

An apprenticeship is one of the best ways to gain qualifications, receive training in the workplace and earn a salary in a rewarding job role - all at the same time! Traineeships help young people who don't have the appropriate skills or experience for an apprenticeship or work.


During lockdown in England, your safety and that of our staff and the local community is extremely important to us and we are taking steps to protect the health and safety of everyone concerned.

Our adult education courses will continue to be delivered remotely and we will gradually return to face to face delivery after Easter and will keep all learners updated with any changes.  Some of our provision for vulnerable learners is already taking place face to face in line with Government guidelines. Our position with regards how courses are delivered over the coming months will develop as government advice is updated and lockdown eases. For new enquiries, please contact us for up to date information.

If you have any specific support requests, regarding access to resources or equipment please can you contact your tutor for support directly, or contact us at

Please note that it is still important that you notify your tutor if you are going to be absent from any planned classes, so that absences can be recorded accurately. If you do test positive for COVID-19, it is important that you report this to the NHS Test and Trace service and to your tutor, to help support us support you and other learners accordingly.

Please see the National Lockdown Guidance and Key worker Guidance for further information.

We will be keeping the situation under review and notify you of any further changes to the service, in the meantime, your tutor will be able to support you with any queries and will be in touch to provide more specific information.


With an Adult Learning and Skills Service apprenticeship you can get hands on experience in a job earning a wage. You will work towards a range of accredited qualifications alongside your employment - there are no tuition fees and it can be a faster route to becoming qualified compared to going to university.

Apprenticeships are for anyone - they are not just for school leavers. If you are currently in employment and you want to learn more skills to improve your promotion prospects, your employer could put you on an apprenticeship. You continue on the same salary, but you gain access to training and qualifications to help you and your business grow.

Five reasons to start an apprenticeship

  1. You learn while you earn.
  2. Receive training at no cost to you - this will be both 'on-the job' as well as 'off-the-job' to support you to achieve your apprenticeship.
  3. Get a professional qualification which will improve your CV.
  4. You can study a Higher Apprentice (equivalent to a degree) without going to university.
  5. You won't have to pay university fees.

Apprenticeships we offer

  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Health and Social Care
  • Management
  • Support Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Team Leading

What should be my next step?

If you like the sound of an apprenticeship and want to find out more, contact us.


If you feel that you are not ready yet for an apprenticeship or work, then a traineeship may be for you. A traineeship is a course with work experience that prepares you for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to six months. 

Am I eligible?

You can apply if you are:

  • eligible to work in England
  • unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • aged 16 to 24 and qualified up to Level 3

What you will get

  • a work experience placement
  • help with English, maths and ICT (if you need it)

You won't be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.

If you want to find out more, contact us.

Contact us
Adult Learning and Skills Service
03000 266 115
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Crook Council Offices
  • Crook
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL15 9ES
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