Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a job with training.

As an Apprentice, you will gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills and behaviours you need for your immediate job and future career. An apprentice gains this through formal off-the-job training and the opportunity to practise these new skills in a real work environment.

How can I find an Apprenticeship? By using the Find an Apprenticeship service

One of the best ways to find an Apprenticeship is by using the government website: Find An Apprenticeship You can set up a free account which will allow you to search and apply for different apprenticeship vacancies. As apprenticeships are real jobs, you will need to apply by submitting an online application using your personalised account.

 

Finding an Apprenticeship is different to applying to 6th form, College or University. They are not all advertised on one date and they do not all start in September. Jobs are advertised throughout the year so you will need to check the website regularly to view the available positions. You can also set up ‘My alerts’ so that you receive emails and text messages when vacancies come up that you might be interested in. www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

What if I have already found a job?
If you already have an employer in place who has agreed to offer you an Apprenticeship, you will need to find a training provider to support you with your training. Please call the Business Team 01752 202269 for information about starting the programme.

How is training delivered?
You will be working, usually full time, in your job role. The qualification training will be done mainly at the workplace, with the off-the-job training accounting for at least 20% of your employed time. An assessor will regularly visit you at work to observe you performing relevant tasks and to carry out professional discussions. You will receive a login to an online portfolio and complete a variety of learning modules. English, Maths and ICT will need to be completed prior to completion, if you have not already achieved them at GCSE grade C / level 4 or above.

What happens when my apprenticeship finishes?
Employment opportunities may be offered to you on completion of the apprenticeship as you will have the relevant experience, skills and knowledge for the job role, and you will have built up a good relationship with the company. Progression opportunities may also include undertaking an advanced and higher apprenticeship, such as:
• Level 3 – equivalent to 2x A Levels
• Level 4 – equivalent to Higher Education Certificate/BTEC
• Level 5 – equivalent to Higher Education Diploma/Foundation Degree