What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship training scheme allows you to work, earn a wage and gain a workbased qualification, all at the same time.
They are ideal for anyone aged 16 or over who is new to a job role or has been working in industry for some time and would like a recognised qualification or to improve their skills. There are three types of Apprenticeship:
Intermediate Apprenticeship – Level 2
A one to two-year programme which includes: NVQ level 2 qualification Functional Skills, Technical Certificates. Relevant entry qualifications may be necessary.
Advanced Apprenticeship – Level 3
A two to four-year programme which includes: NVQ level 3 qualification Functional Skills, Technical Skills Certificates Relevant entry qualifications may be necessary.
Higher Apprenticeship – Level 4/5
A two to four-year programme which includes: NVQ level 4/5 qualification Functional Skills, Technical Skills Certificates Relevant entry qualifications may be necessary.
Are you aged 16 to 18?
Apprenticeships are extremely popular with school leavers who want to lay the foundations for a rewarding career in their chosen industry.
The key advantages of an apprenticeship is that it allows you as the apprentice to build up your skills and knowledge in the workplace, earn a wage while you learn, while also working towards a qualification.
Are you aged 19+?
If you thought apprenticeships are just for school leavers then think again.
Adult Apprenticeships have been designed for those who are aged 19 and over – so you’re never too old to become an apprentice.
The professional programme of choice for the experienced learner, an Adult Apprenticeship can open up a world of new possibilities in your chosen career.
How do I become an Apprentice?
At Leicester College you have two different options to train as an apprentice:
- You find an employer and work for them directly while training as an apprentice with Leicester College.
- You are employed by Leicester College and we find you an employer through our Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA) and you still train as an apprentice with us.
The ATA means we can act as your recruitment agency and match you to a suitable employer. We also pay your wages and support you throughout your training programme.
How do I apply?
You can register your interest on the Apprenticeship Vacancies website, which advertises all live apprentice vacancies nationally www.apprenticeships.org.uk
If your school uses UCAS Progress, you can apply for Apprenticeships using this system. More details can be found on the UCAS Progress website.
How many days will I work and study?
The training on some apprenticeships is 100% in the workplace and you don’t need to come into College. In other instances you will be four days in the workplace and study for one day per week at college, although this will depend on the actual apprenticeship.
What will it cost me?
If you are aged 16 to 18 you may be eligible for free training. If you are aged 19 or over, your employer will have to make a contribution. You will be expected to contribute towards the cost of materials and have appropriate equipment to carry out practical tasks.
For apprenticeships available at Leicester College: