NERC beats target with 53 new apprenticeships

18 September 2018

NERC staff began 53 apprenticeships during 2017-18, surpassing the government target set by the Apprenticeship Levy last year.

Apprentice in workshop

The Apprenticeship Levy, introduced by the government on 1 April, 2017 requires organisations with 250 or more employees to pay a levy into an account that can only be used to pay for apprenticeship training. As a public sector organisation, and based on the number of employees, NERC had a 50 apprenticeship target, either in the form of new starters or as career development for existing workers.

By the 3 March 2018 deadline, we had exceeded the target with 53 apprenticeships started across NERC and our centres. The apprenticeships were from level 2 (equivalent to five A*-C GCSE passes) to degree level and covered a broad range of careers from marine catering to IT and finance.

NERC Executive Chair Professor Duncan Wingham said:

We know that career progression is crucial for the success of the workforce, so the excellent uptake of apprenticeships at NERC is good news for both individuals and our organisation as a whole. Next year, we hope to continue our success and maintain this positive uptake.


Luke Ireland, Level 3 Multi Skilled Maintenance Technician/Engineer Apprenticeship at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Lancaster, said:

The role helps me gain practical experience throughout the job and improves my communication skills as a whole. The facilities team has been very helpful in my development, I believe we work well as a team to get all the work done to our highest ability.

Debbie Mason, Chartered Managers Degree Apprenticeship at Swindon head office, said:

The organisation needs champions at all levels and, through my studies on the apprenticeship, I now feel more able to contribute and add value.

Collette Fowlds, Level 3 Facilities Management Apprenticeship at the British Geological Survey (BGS), said:

As I have three children, I did not think education was an option. Then I applied for an apprenticeship at the British Geological Survey which allows me to work whilst learning on the job. I have found my career, which I am currently progressing and developing through BGS after ten years in retail.

Kathryn Berry, Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship at CEH Wallingford, said:

I really love being able to gain real office experience, as well as continuing to learn new skills. Everyone has been very supportive and I like how I can mould my apprenticeship to suit my skills and interests.

Sally-Anne Stolworthy, Level 4 Associate Project Management Apprenticeship at BGS, said:

To be able to study for a worthwhile work-based qualification after being in my current role for over 17 years, was a brilliant opportunity. Taking part in this apprenticeship course has given me much needed confidence, as well as learning new skills and increasing my knowledge. I have enjoyed meeting new people from a variety of organisations and sharing experiences.

For more information on the Apprenticeship Levy visit the GOV.UK website - external link.

Further information

Ione Bingley
Press & Communications Officer
07864 972302