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Apprenticeships allow you to learn, work and earn money while gaining a recognised qualification.

We work with over 2,000 employers and deliver over 80 different apprenticeships across a wide range of sectors and skill levels.

As an apprentice, most of your time will be spent in the workplace as an employee. You’ll work alongside experienced staff, gaining job-specific skills which will be reinforced by your time spent in College every week.

Contact us if we can help you with your next steps, either using the form below, via email or by calling us on 0845 345 2235.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What areas can I do an apprenticeship in?

We offer apprenticeships in more than 30 different occupations, including:

  • Business Administration, Customer Service, Accountancy, Social Media & Digital Marketing and IT
  • Construction: Plumbing, Electrical, Painting & Decorating, Trowel and Carpentry (Bench and Site)
  • Motor Vehicle: Light Vehicle and Heavy Vehicle
  • Engineering: Welding, Civil Engineering, Engineering Technician, Manufacturing Engineering and Maintenance and Operations Engineering Technician
  • Health & Social Care, Children & Young People’s Workforce and Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools
  • Hairdressing and Beauty
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Land-based: Horticulture, Agriculture, Land-Based Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Construction Plant Maintenance
  • Veterinary Nursing and Horse Care
  • Design, Live Events, Technical Theatre and Cultural Heritage

Why choose an apprenticeship over full-time study?

  • Earn while you learn
  • Gain real employability skills and experience to help you find a job afterwards
  • Apply your learning in a realistic environment with support from staff and the College

How do I apply?

  1. Find a vacancy with the College. We advertise our apprenticeship vacancies on our website here. Many of our vacancies are also advertised on our Facebook page.
  2. Contact local employers directly and send them your CV and a cover letter. Once you find an employer who will take you on as an apprentice, contact us at so we can start the enrolment process for you.
  3. You may already have an employer who would like to hire you as an apprentice. Either you or the employer should contact us at so we can enrol you and you can start your apprenticeship.

How much will I get paid?

The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage is £4.15/hour, although many of our employers pay more than this. If you are 19 or over and have completed 12 months of your apprenticeship you will be entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage for your age.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

The minimum time on the programme must be 12 months in order to gain the relevant skills.

Our level 2 (intermediate) apprenticeships are typically 12 – 24 months and a level 3 (advanced) apprenticeship will take 12 – 48 months depending on the specific apprenticeship.

How many hours will I be working each week?

Most apprenticeships require a minimum of 30 hours per week, including your time in College. Typically, you’ll be in work for four days a week, and in College for one.

Will there be exams?

Many of our apprenticeships have ‘End Point Assessments’ where you will be assessed on the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have learnt throughout the apprenticeship. Your Assessor will only enter you for this when they feel you are ready for it. Others apprenticeships are assessed throughout the course and you’ll gain a ‘knowledge’ qualification (often delivered through day release at College) and a ‘competence’ qualification (generally delivered through workplace assessment).

If you don’t have GCSE grade 4/C or above in English and Maths then you will need to take Functional Skills courses in these subjects alongside your apprenticeship.

What support will I have while on an apprenticeship?

You’ll be assigned a College assessor to support you throughout the apprenticeship. They will visit you regularly in the workplace to ensure your job role is helping you develop the right knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Our dedicated Apprenticeship team, Student Recruitment Consultants and Careers Advisors are available to offer you the support you need to be a successful apprentice, give you career advice and match you with appropriate employers.

How old do you have to be to do an apprenticeship?

Anyone who is 16 or above, employed in a suitable job and not enrolled in a full-time study programme can enrol on an apprenticeship. There is no upper age limit.

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