If you’re looking for that life-changing next step in your career, an apprenticeship could be the right course for you.
An apprenticeship isn’t just for school, college or university leavers. An apprenticeship is suitable for people of all ages at different stages in their careers.
We offer apprenticeships from Level 2 up to Level 5, providing you with opportunities to continue to learn and gain a recognised qualification to help you get into your first job or to progress in your career.
With an apprenticeship, you will learn practical and academic skills to help you work towards a recognised qualification whilst you learn hands-on skills in a business environment.
The lifetime financial benefits you could get from doing an apprenticeship at Level 2 and 3 are great - by completing an apprenticeship, you could gain between an extra £48,000 and £117,000 depending on the level.
To become an apprentice you have to be 16 or over, living in England and not in full time Education.
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you are still at school but you will be unable to start until you are 16.
Apprenticeships are also available to people who hold a degree, as long as this is in a different subject area so you will still learn new skills.
Your assessor will come to your workplace to visit you regularly to support you with the completion of your qualification or you will attend workshops at the College. Within your apprenticeship you will have the choice of some optional units which will be chosen by you, your line manager and the assessor. This could give you the chance to gain some new skills and work within a different area.
You will build up a portfolio of evidence that will prove your understanding of the course. In addition, you will complete your functional skills qualifications, if required.
There’s a huge range for you to choose from such as digital and cybersecurity, customer services, management, health and childcare and much, much more.
They are a nationally recognised qualification that is valued by employers and Universities.
You will gain knowledge and valuable skills upon completion.
Apprentices are also provided with a real physical experience with working, something schools and colleges don’t offer.
Apprentices earn an average wage of £270 per week.
Going to university costs an average £9k per year with an apprenticeship you are earning whilst learning therefore there is no large debt at the end.
Apprenticeships offer a varied learning experience. You won’t have to spend all of your time studying; most of the time you’ll be working within your company and gaining valuable experience.
Apprenticeships offer great progression opportunities to progress onto Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications further enhancing your CV.
It's a nice experience and I'm learning a lot of things that hopefully will help me get me a job in a nursing home in the future. I'm also meeting new people and working independently.
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