Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes which allow you to complete on-the-job training and gain relevant, nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Councils and course content is influenced by relevant business representatives. In this way, Apprenticeships are created by people who genuinely understand business, ensuring that you learn the skills that employers need.
While students completing other courses will do most of their learning in the classroom, Apprenticeships are work-based. As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.
As a new apprentice, the minimum hourly rate is £3.50* per hour as of April 2017. However, many employers prefer to pay more.
* Please note: This rate is for apprentices under 19 or those in their first year of training. Please check https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates for the most up-to-date information.
Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years old. You must be living in England and not in full-time education already. An Apprenticeship could be for you if you are just leaving school, seeking to start a new career or are moving into a new role with your existing employer that requires new skills.
Yeovil College offers one of the widest ranges of Apprenticeship frameworks in Somerset and Southern England, giving you a much greater chance of training in the area you really want. We are the only providers in the South West offering Apprenticeships in Print, Engineering Composites, Electrical Security & Emergency Alarm Systems and Creative & Digital Media (Social Media). This year, we launched a new Social Media Apprenticeship, Motor Vehicle programmes and a new range of Higher Apprenticeships. Yeovil College has an excellent track record of working with some of the area’s largest and best known employers, finding the right apprentices and helping individuals make the right contacts. Both apprentices and employers are supported by a professional, trained team.
If you are completing the Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) programme and your employer is willing to continue supporting your training at a higher level, then you can progress on to an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3). When you finish the Advanced Apprenticeship, your employer will hopefully recognise your potential and may even offer you continued employment within their organisation. Alternatively, you may have the opportunity to progress on to a Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4), university and/or professional courses, such as those available at the University Centre Yeovil, many of which can be studied part-time while you continue to work.
Use this website find out more about our Apprenticeships, then contact our friendly team on 01935 845392 or via firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to apply. You can also find us on Twitter, @YC_Apprentices.
You should also register with the National Apprenticeships Service website www.apprenticeships.gov.uk for the latest vacancies.