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An Apprenticeship is a real job in a real working environment, combining on the job training in the workplace with formal training towards a recognised qualification gained at college.
Apprenticeships take between 1 and 4 years to complete and cover over 1500 job roles in a wide range of industries such as engineering to finance, childcare to food production, cookery, hairdressing and construction trades. An Apprentice will study a group of qualifications (called the Framework) including maths, English and ICT.
Whilst studying at College, Apprentices undertake a NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) that reflects their Apprenticeship. These are based on National Occupational Standards that describe the 'competencies' expected in any given job role. For example: someone working in an administrative office role may undertake an NVQ in Business & Administration. Advanced Apprenticeship qualifications may also attract UCAS points to enable progression on to higher level study.
To find out more about apprenticeships, please contact the Apprenticeships Team on 01708 462787.
BUSTED: Apprenticeships are rapidly becoming the preferred way for 16-19 year olds to get a foothold on the career ladder. Employers are being actively encouraged by the government to take on apprentices aged between 16 and under 19 as all their training fees are covered, and they are often eligible to claim incentives for employing young people in this age bracket. There are a few employment sectors where there are limitations on the employment of under 18s for health and safety reasons.
BUSTED: You have to be employed to be an apprentice. There are basically 2 ways of becoming an apprentice:
1. You are employed already and your employer has agreed to let you enrol as an apprentice, in which case you just need to seek advice from us about which course would be right for you and your employer
2. Apply for one of the many apprenticeship vacancies advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service web site, or here on our college web site. If you apply for one of our vacancies, we will invite you to come in for some simple tests and a chat to confirm that you are right for the role and we will put you forward to the employer for an interview. If successful, the employer gives you the job and we enrol you onto the apprenticeship training programme. If you are unsuccessful on this occasion but you are still interested in an apprenticeship you can apply for other vacancies, and we will retain your details to put forward for other suitable opportunities as they arise.
BUSTED: Many businesses want to recruit and train young people to help their business grow and succeed. Many young people fresh out of school or college have yet to gain the skills and experience that would make them employable at levels other than at a low level. An apprenticeship is the ideal way for employers to bring new talent into their business, and for the apprentice to gain work experience and a formal qualification at the same time: earning while learning.
BUSTED: apprenticeships are formal, recognised qualifications and can be used as an alternative route into university or into degree level study. Please seek further advice and guidance from college staff (Admissions or Business Development) as there are variations on what is available according to the subject area taken.
BUSTED: Many professions such as surveying, accounting, design, IT, architecture, etc can be accessed through an apprenticeship route, and many employers are preferring to take on new staff through this route because of the value added to the business by an apprentice from day one. Higher Apprenticeships, which are at degree level, are being developed across many occupational areas. It is worth noting here that we get lots and lots of applications for apprenticeships from people who have degrees and who are finding it difficult to enter the job market as they do not have the required job skills and experience.
For more you can hear from apprentices themselves.