An apprenticeship enables anyone aged 16 and over to learn a profession by combining the knowledge and skills you gain in the classroom with practical experience in the workplace.
At Nescot we do have apprentices studying Plumbing and Hairdressing, but we also offer apprenticeships in subjects like Accounting, Sport and Fitness, Animal Care and Business Administration. You can see the full list of the apprenticeships we offer here.
You must have relevant paid employment to do an apprenticeship, but if you want to do an apprenticeship and don't have a job our on-site Employer Hub can help. The staff can also help businesses recruit apprentices. You can read more about the services the Employer Hub offers here, and find our latest apprenticeship vacancies here.
Apprentices usually spend one day at college and the rest in paid employment, usually working about 30 hours per week. Working hours can be flexible to suit the apprentice and the business - for example, an apprentice could work fewer hours per week but take longer to complete their qualification. Apprentices who are aged under 19 and in their first year of their apprenticeship must be paid at least the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage, and students who are past their first year or aged 19 or over must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage. Many apprentices are paid significantly more than these minimums. Apprentices also get at least 20 days’ holiday per year, plus Bank Holidays.
There are three levels of apprenticeships:
Apprenticeships take one to four years to complete, depending on the level and how many hours the apprentice works per week, and many of our Intermediate Apprentices progress to Advanced or Higher levels with us or go on to Higher Education.
Apprenticeships are made up of separate qualifications, which usually include a competency element, a technical element and maths and English, as well as any extra components an employer wants to add in. You can find out more about how apprenticeships are assessed here.
Don’t take our word for it – have a look at our student profiles on each of our course pages to see what our past and current apprentices think. You can also have a look at our Careers Coach service to find out more about the industry you're interested in.
If you want to find out more about taking on an apprentice and how it could benefit your business, call our Apprenticeships team on 020 8394 8425.