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We provide excellent training for all apprentices including off-the-job training in industry standard workshops. We can introduce potential apprentices to employers who can provide them with the best experiences and skills. We also offer students on our vocational courses work experience placements with local employers.

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Apprenticeship Vacancies

We have a range of apprenticeship vacancies across a number of industries including land-based vacancies and higher degree apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

We have a range of apprenticeship vacancies across a number of industries including land-based vacancies and higher degree apprenticeships.

Apprentices – Frequently asked questions

An apprenticeship is a real job with training. You earn a wage while working towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification linked to your chosen career. Apprenticeships are equivalent to a full-time academic qualification and there are a wide range of areas you can complete an apprenticeship in.

Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete depending on the level of the apprenticeship, the industry sector and the apprentice’s ability.

All Apprentices receive at least the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage of £5.28* per hour in their first year, but some employers do choose to pay more.

Apprentices will be employed for a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours per week, but this may vary from employer to employer.

Yes. A growing number of apprentices also go on to Higher Apprenticeships to gain degree level qualifications, but without the expense of going to university. You also have the option of going to university or completing a professional qualification that leads to a specific job role.

  • Learn from industry-trained staff with years of experience
  • State-of-the-art facilities at our colleges
  • Our colleges are conveniently located
  • Extra support from careers advice to study support
  • Extra benefits

Employers – Frequently asked questions

An apprentice;

  • Is usually a young person, but can be anyone over the age of 16
  • Works alongside an experienced employee to learn specific skills
  • Receives training including training towards nationally recognised qualifications such as NVQs
  • Earns a salary
  • Gets paid holiday

Apprenticeships can also be used to develop current employees, but employers may need to make a contribution towards the costs of their training depending on the age of the employee.

There are a number of benefits to having an apprenticeship scheme. These include:

  • Almost 90% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to the business
  • Support young people and residents in the local community
  • Gain skilled qualified staff in a cost-effective way
  • Ensure that your staff have up-to-date training and qualifications
  • Ensure that your business is up-to-date with industry standards
  • Address skill shortages

We provide a free apprenticeship recruitment service. We will help you advertise and pre-screen candidates on your behalf, and provide you with a list of candidates to interview via your own recruitment process.

This depends on the apprenticeship; all the training can be in the workplace, some frameworks require day release or block release at college and others are a combination of attendance at college and assessment within the workplace.

Success stories

“I chose an apprenticeship so I could learn and earn at the same time, as well as having hands-on experience to advance my engineering skills.”

Tyreece Coakley-Spence
Engineering Fitter Level 3 at John Crane UK

“I chose an apprenticeship so I could get a qualificaton. I like that you can learn and earn at the same time. In the future I’d like to own my own business.”

Peter Smith
Level 3 Light Vehicle Apprentice for Young & Pollock Maidenhead (BMW Specialist)

“I knew at GCSE I wanted to be in carpentry. You learn so much in the class but even more on site. Doing an apprenticeship is great as you get paid while you learn.”

Level 3 Carpenter at F J Lane Ltd