Are Apprenticeships only for 16-18-year-olds?
There is no upper age limit to becoming an apprentice. Apprenticeships are rapidly becoming the preferred way for 16-19-year-olds to get a foothold on the career ladder. Employers are actively encouraged by the government to take on apprentices aged between 16 and 18 as all their training fees are covered. There are a few employment sectors where there are limitations on the employment of under 18s for health and safety reasons.
Do I have to find a job before I can become an apprentice?
You have to be employed to be an apprentice. There are two ways of becoming an apprentice with us:
Apply for one of the apprenticeship vacancies advertised on the Government Apprenticeship site, or here on our College web site. If you apply for one of our vacancies, you will be invited in to complete a basic skills test and interview to ensure that you are eligible for the course. If successful, and the employer gives you the job, we will enrol you onto the apprenticeship programme. If you are unsuccessful on this occasion we will inform you of the options that are available to you.
Aren’t Apprentices "just cheap labour"?
Many businesses want to recruit and train 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 an 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: earn while you learn.
If I choose to do an apprenticeship does that mean I won't be able to go to university or get a degree?
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.
I thought apprenticeships were for people who can't get into university?
Many professions such as surveying can be accessed through an apprenticeship route. 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. Many employers value apprenticeships equal to that of a degree qualification.
If I have a degree does that mean that I can’t complete an apprenticeship?
At the moment if you have already completed a degree then you cannot complete an apprenticeship. However, as of 1st May 2017 if the apprenticeship that you’re applying for is considerably different to that which you hold a degree in, you will be able to complete an apprenticeship, but if the two areas are deemed to be similar you will be unsuccessful when applying.