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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.

Nescot currently 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

To find out more about apprenticeships, call the Apprenticeships team on 020 8394 8400 or email

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:

  • Communication
  • 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

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

Apprenticeship Guide for Students 2014

Apprenticeship Guide for Businesses 2014


Student Profile

Ryan Crook
Apprenticeship in Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Fibrous Plastering
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I knew Nescot had a really good reputation for construction courses, and when I came to an open evening to have a look around the college I was impressed by the department. It's a big department, there's a lot of different courses and there's a lot of lecturers, so I knew I would be able to learn a lot from them.

I started a Level 1 CSkills Diploma in Plastering and progressed to Level 2, but then one of my tutors put me forward for an apprenticeship with George Jackson Ltd. They're a prestigious firm, and they're credited with introducing fibrous plastering to the UK. The company took me on as an apprentice, and now I spend one day a week at college and the rest working.

At work I get given jobs and bigger projects, which means I get to learn a lot of different things and really sharpen my skills. I've made enriched cornices, niches, piece moulds and fluted pilasters, and although I still have a lot to learn I'm proud of what I can do now. I work hard and I really love the job. My boss also put me forward for a Surrey County Apprentice Award, which is amazing.

The tutors in our department are really good. They've all worked in the trade themselves, and some of them still do, so they know what they're doing. They know the students really well, and they always have time to help you. I don't think lecturers always give their students so much time, so we're lucky.

I would definitely recommend doing an apprenticeship. When you're working in the trade there can be lots of right ways to do a task. Your lecturer at college will teach you the way they would do it, but then at work you could learn another which suits you better. You get the qualifications you need to work in the trade, but having all the work experience gives you a better edge.

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Matt Brash
Level 1 Apprenticeship in Bricklaying
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I didn't really enjoy school and I'd assumed college would be the same, but it's totally different at Nescot and I'm really enjoying my course. At the start of the academic year I gave my CV to the apprenticeship team and they helped me find a job. Now I do one day a week at college and the rest working as a bricklayer, but the college are flexible with which day I come in.

At the start of the course you learn about how to work safely and the basic theory of bricklaying, and then the rest of the year you combine practical and theory. All the teachers are trained bricklayers themselves, so if you've done something wrong they help you understand why it's happened so you don't do it again. We're treated like adults, and although the tutors give you all the support you need they don't do it for you. With an apprenticeship you get the best of both worlds, because you learn a lot in college and you get to use all of that when you're at work.

Since I've been at Nescot I've had a lot of support for my dyslexia. At the start of the year I had a meeting to find out how the college could help while I studied. I had help for the Functional Skills in English section, 25% extra time in exams and I also get support in lessons if I need it. I'm staying on at Nescot to do my Level 2 next year, and when I've finished I'm hoping my company will take me on full-time.

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Lewis Forrester
Level 2 Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery (Painshill Park Trust)
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I wanted to come to Nescot because it's got a really good reputation for all the construction courses, and I saw there was a very good pass rate for carpentry. I've always wanted to do carpentry, and the course has taught me so much. The tutors really know what they're talking about, and we have all the facilities we need.

After I'd studied full-time I decided an apprenticeship was the best option, so that I could earn a salary while I continued studying. Nescot's Advice and Guidance team helped me find and apply for an apprenticeship at Painshill Park Trust, doing maintenance and restoration. Now I do four days a week there and one day at college.

Painshill is an 18th century landscape garden, and I've worked on a lot of different projects including repairing and redecorating a Chinese bridge over a lake and helping the contractors restore the Crystal Grotto. I work as hard as I can and I do all my work to the best of my ability, and I'm really enjoying it. In college you learn one way of doing a task, but because of the type of work I do at Painshill I've had to learn different ways and skills. I'd recommend an apprenticeship to anyone, because it's the best of both worlds between getting experience and earning a salary, and learning the theory.

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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”
Glenesk School

“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

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