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Are you interested in an apprenticeship? 

What is an apprenticeship?

A paid job with training where you work towards a vocational qualification.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

Between twelve months to three-four years, it depends on the employer and job role. 

Is a job guaranteed at the end?

Not necessarily, although many employers aim to recruit their apprentices into permanent roles if things go well.  Alternatively, you can apply for another apprenticeship in a different type of work, or at a higher level once you have completed your current apprenticeship.

What do I need to apply?

You will need to have achieved Level 2 in maths and English – that's grade 4 or above at GCSE.  If you haven’t got these qualifications, you will be required to study maths and English Functional Skills as part of your apprenticeship.  You will also need to demonstrate an interest in the career area and a willingness to learn.

What career areas offer apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are offered in a wide range of career areas including: IT, engineering, construction, catering and business, health and social care and animal care. 

Where do I find out more?

·         Visit the college Apprenticeship overview page:

·         National Apprenticeship website:

Where do I search for vacancies?

·         National Apprenticeship vacancy website - This is the central place for all apprenticeship vacancies. Register, filter to your area and job interest and sign up for job alerts.

·         College - For apprenticeships offered through the College visit:

·         Some local training providers offer apprenticeships on behalf of employers:

Uni or an apprenticeship?

Making decisions about higher education or trying for an apprenticeship is a big one. Watch this video to compare and contrast both routes:

Need some advice?

 If you’re not sure what route is best for you, contact the Student Learner Progression Advisor, Nicky Stallwood