Why choose an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are an excellent way to learn and earn at the same time. You will combine practical training with theory and develop your craft skills and confidence by gaining on-the-job experience.
As an apprentice you will:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- get time for study related to your role
An apprenticeship is a way to learn and earn in a real job, gaining a real qualification while working. The minimum wage for apprentices is currently £5.28 per hour. The national minimum wage (NMW) for apprentices is £5.28 per hour. The apprentice NMW applies to apprentices aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. This is the legal minimum pay per hour, most receive more. Over the age of 19 the hourly rate increases to the minimum wage for your age band. You will work with an employer four days per week and spend one day training at the College or in your workplace working towards your qualification.
Level 3 Apprenticeships
On completion of a L2 NVQ qualification, students can progress on to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, choosing from a range of pathways which could include:
- Engineering Operative
- Material Cutter
- Lean Manufacturing Operative
- MOET (Maintenance Operations, encompassing Mechanical/Electric/Multi Skilled Maintenance)
- Engineering Technician (encompassing Machinist/Toolmaker/Technical Support/ Product Design)
- Engineering Design and Draughtsperson
- Pipe Welder and Plate Welder
- Engineering Fabricator
- Engineering Fitter
- Signage Technician
- Engineering Manufacturing Technician
The advanced apprenticeship programme is designed to provide the skills required for employment in the engineering/construction industries. Apprentices develop their skills in practical and theory based learning. They will also develop wider practical craft skills and gain an understanding of their right and responsibilities in the sector.