FAQs

Who are Apprenticeships for?

Those people aged 16 and over who are, or want to be, in full-time employment. You will gain skills and qualifications by training whilst working.

How does an Apprenticeship work?

You get a job with an employer, start work with them and earn as you learn! They will support you in developing the skills you need to gain your qualification.

Apprentices either undertake their Apprenticeship 100% in the workplace alongside their job, or spend four days each week in the workplace and attend College one day a week (during term time).

You can also do an Apprenticeship with your existing employer.

What qualifications will an apprentice gain?

Successful apprentices will gain a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), Technical Certificate, a range of Functional Skills, and Employment Rights and Responsibilities.

What are NVQs?

These are work-based qualifications that are based on your ability to do a particular job. They are divided into units covering different aspects of the job. They show that you can do a job to national standards and have the skills that employers are looking for.

NVQs are achieved through the demonstration of skills. Assessments usually take place where you work through observation and questioning.

What are Technical Certificates?

These are vocationally-related qualifications that provide the underpinning knowledge for the NVQ.

What do Functional Skills cover?

Functional Skills include English, Maths and Information Communication Technology. They are skills used in all industries.

Employers are looking for people who can communicate well, use numbers to do calculations and pricing and use new technology.

You will be encouraged to practice and develop your Functional Skills in your day-to-day work, as well as in training sessions at College.

What support will I get with my Apprenticeship programme?

Our Business Services team at the College will support you every step of the way. Your Advisor will visit you in the workplace and support you as you progress through your Individual Learning Plan.