Getting paid while you learn might sound too good to be true - but as an apprentice you really do get the best of both worlds.
If you are keen to enter the world of work but don't want to stop studying then an Apprenticeship could be the answer. Apprenticeships offer a practical balance between learning a trade and earning a living.
Currently Nescot offers Apprenticeships in
- Business Administration
- Carpentry & Joinery
- Children and Young People’s Workforce
- Customer Service
- Health & Social Care
- Painting & Decorating
- Teaching & Learning in Schools
- Team Leading
They enable you to start working and earn a decent wage whilst learning the skills and gaining the qualifications that employers want. All Apprenticeships lead to National Vocational Qualifications and Nescot's include:
- Application of Number
- Information Technology
- Health & Safety
- Efficient Working Practice
Pay can vary, but all employed apprentices must receive a minimum of £95 per week.
An Apprenticeship can also be a route into higher education for further qualifications. To find out more, visitwww.apprenticeships.org.uk
You don't even have to stop once you've completed an Advanced Apprenticeship. You can go on to do a Foundation degree or HND.
The pace of progress will depend on you
An Apprenticeship does not last for a fixed length of time - it ends when all necessary elements have been completed.
Most Apprenticeships last between a minimum of one and three years and there are different types of Apprenticeships available.
The Apprenticeship which is right for you will depend on your experience and the opportunities in your area.
Funding your Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships are fully funded for those aged 16 – 18 years. Employer contribution for those aged 19+. You will be asked to take an initial assessment to find out your basic skills levels and provide evidence of your GCSE qualifications.
Both you and your employer will receive structured support and advice from the Apprenticeship Team.
For further details, please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 020 8394 8400
- Zoe Watson
- Plumbing Apprenticeship Level 2
I work at Smith and Byford, a large specialist building services engineering firm.
I work with one engineer at a time then change so I can learn the different things.
At first I could only change radiator valves, cut flues, run condense pipes from the boiler and make good. As different engineers let me do more, I could decommission boilers, cylinders and storage heaters, install radiators, cylinders, boilers and run pipework, powerflushes on old systems and reconfigure H systems. I have also changed pump valves and 3 ports.
I am currently the only female apprentice/engineer on my company and the first ever on installations. There has been an occasion at work where a client wanted a female to carry out the work needed (servicing of her boiler) in her house.
I have now become confident in my technical skills and in dealing with colleagues and clients and I was recently awarded The John Coleman Trophy, at the Surrey County Apprenticeships Awards 2009
My plan now is to do my advanced apprenticeship including my CORGI registration.
Smith & Byford
"Through our involvement with Nescot College, our apprentices at Smith & Byford have proven that a continuous, evolving program of training achieves the desired result of highly technical and focussed trainees." Brian Dorey, Smith & Byford