There are various levels of Apprenticeship to apply for depending on current skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:
Intermediate – Level 2
Equivalent Educational Level – 5 GCSE passed at grade A* – C or 9 – 4
Advanced – Level 3
Equivalent Educational Level – 2 A Level Passes
Higher – Level 4, 5, 6 and 7
Equivalent Educational Level – HND Level and above
Degree – Level 6 and 7
Equivalent Educational Level – Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
All Apprenticeships include elements of on and off the job training leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some Apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice`s ability and competence in their job role.
The minimum salary is £3.70 per hour, however many Apprentices now earn an average of £170 a week. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and apprentices aged 19* or over. *but only in the first year of their Apprenticeship, it will then increase to the National Minimum Wage for your relative age group.
Yes. All apprentices must be employed, working a minimum of 30 hours a week before we can offer them a training programme.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone above 16 years whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not in full-time education.
However competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you. You also need to be happy to work as both part of a team and individually, and be able to use your own initiative.
Yes. Apprenticeship can be funded at the same or lower level than a qualification you already hold, if the Apprenticeship allows you to acquire substantive new skills and we can show that the content of the training is materially different from any prior qualification or a previous apprenticeship you have done.
If you are a school leaver you can apply here.
If you are an adult or College learner and are looking to secure an Apprenticeship now you can apply here or view our many vacancies here and apply direct to the employer.
If you find an employer, we will make arrangements to visit the company. We will also invite you to College to for an interview and initial assessment to ensure you enrol on to the correct type and level of Apprenticeship. If you haven’t yet secure an employer we will invite you in for interview and initial assessment and then work with you to help secure employment.
If you didn’t quite make the grade to get on to an Apprenticeship, or you are struggling to find an employer, don’t worry! Apprenticeships can be very competitive and for some individuals your journey onto an Apprenticeship might start with a full-time or part-time course at College. This will give you the opportunity to develop your skills and abilities to progress into an Apprenticeship in the future. Many of our learners have made the transition from classroom based study into Apprenticeships.