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
- Accounting (AAT) - Level 2 and Level 3 NEW
- Animal Care - Level 2
- Barbering - Level 2
- Brickwork - Level 2
- Business Administration - Level 2 and Level 3
- Carpentry & Joinery - Level 2 and Level 3
- Childcare - Level 2 and Level 3
- Combat Systems Engineering - Level 4 NEW
- Computing and IT - Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4
- Construction Operations Management - Level 4
- Customer Service - Level 2 and Level 3
- Electrical - Level 3
- Hairdressing - Level 2 and Level 3
- Management - Level 3
- Motor Vehicle - Level 2 and Level 3 NEW
- Plastering - Level 2
- Plumbing - Level 2 and Level 3
- Sport - Exercise and Fitness - Level 2 NEW
- Teaching & Learning in Schools - Level 2 and Level 3
- Team Leading - Level 2
Apprenticeships 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 currently all employed Apprentices must receive a national minimum wage.
An Apprenticeship can also be a route into higher education for further qualifications. To find out more, visit www.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 - they are flexible to meet the needs of the student and the employer
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
- Matt Blacketer
- Second Year, Level 3 Apprenticeship in Electrotechnical Technology
I studied Physics at the University of Kent, and when I graduated I found it hard to maintain a steady job so I started working with a friend. I found I enjoyed electrical work, and people always need electricians no matter what the economic climate, so I decided to take this to the next step and come to Nescot to study.
On a typical session at Nescot we might be up in the lab, where we're given a drawing or a layout and we work out the circuit or the wiring diagrams and test it all. We'll also learn the skills and knowledge we need at work, like how a site should be run and how to work safely. The tutors are very well respected because they're all fully-qualified themselves.
Nescot also helps students if they need support with functional skills, which you do as part of the apprenticeship. We use Weblearn a lot, the college's virtual learning environment, and the tutors will also send us to the Learning Resource Centre to research things. It's really well stocked, it's more like a university library.
An apprenticeship made sense for me because you work almost full-time but you are also studying to make sure you're learning the right way to do things. I prefer doing a full day at college than a few evenings, because you're not exhausted from a day's work and you can really concentrate on what you're being taught. I think it also makes you more attractive to employers, because they know you haven't just learnt the theory of doing something but you've had plenty of practice doing it yourself for real.
- Jennine Pegrum
- Level 2 Apprenticeship in Plumbing
I worked in banking for 18 years for a High Street chain with roles including lead cashier and account manager, but I wasn't enjoying it anymore and I needed a new challenge. My husband and I own a business, DP Loft Conversions, so I decided to become a plumber. Nescot was the natural choice, and I am very glad I made the change.
I am 40, and I was a little nervous about being not just the only mature apprentice, but also the only woman. Everyone made me feel welcome, from the tutors to the other students, and I've made a lot of friends here. I started on a Level 1 course, and next I'm hoping to do a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Plumbing to learn more about the gas side.
It is challenging to balance running a business, looking after a son and a daughter, working and studying, but the support from my tutors at Nescot and my family have made it achievable. My tutors are all tradesmen, so they all have first-hand knowledge of what they're teaching you. I'm hoping that when women start to see more women as plumbers they'll realise they can do it too. I'd say to anyone thinking about doing an apprenticeship to go for it, because you never know where it will take you.
“Excellent service, very happy all round and could not manage without the apprentice”
Adtech Electrical Contractors Limited
“Our apprentice is getting on very well and I am very pleased with the training”
DC Plumbing Heating Gas
86% overall satisfaction rating from employers
89% of employers would recommend Nescot
86% of employers cite the professionalism of Nescot staff as good or excellent
“We have found very efficient working with NESCOT. Would recommend”
“We took on an apprentice under the Nescot scheme and have been very happy with both the candidate and the trainer who has kept in regular contact with him, and us. He is proving to be an asset”
Bjic Holdings Limited
“Really happy with the way the girls have enjoyed it and the level of confidence on coming out of College”
Krinkles Hair Salon