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You just need to answer three simple questions about your study preferences, interests and predicted grades and we can suggest courses that might suit you.

  • 1 Study type
  • 2 Your Interests
  • 3 Your Grades
Question 1

How would you prefer to study?

Question 2

What are your interests?

Question 3

What grades have you achieved or are predicted?

These results are a suggestion of courses you may want to explore but are by no means a definitive list and individual entry requirements do apply.

I am an employer...

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a work-based learning programme designed by employers for employers. Apprenticeships represent a cost effective innovative way to progress your existing staff’s Continuous Professional Development (CPD) or bring in new enthusiastic staff to meet the demands of your business.

The government say 96% of employers who took on an Apprentice reported benefits to their organisation, and estimates each Apprentice increases their businesses productivity by £214 per week.

Key points to an Apprenticeship:

  • Apprentices must be over 16 years old
  • Apprentices must be employed in a genuine job for 30+ hours per week (this can include their day at college). They CANNOT be self – employed or a volunteer
  • Apprentices must complete 20% off the job training
  • Minimum length of an Apprenticeship is 12 months and 1 week. Apprentices should have a contract of employment for the duration of the Apprenticeship including End-point assessment.

We offer a variety of Apprenticeship in industries including Hairdressing, Engineering, Childcare, Construction, Business support plus many more. Click below to view the Apprenticeship Courses we have to offer.

What are the benefits to my business?

Improved Staff Morale

92% of busi­ness­es employ­ing Appren­tices report a more moti­vat­ed and sat­is­fied workforce. 
Improved profits

Improved Prof­its

81% of busi­ness­es employ­ing Appren­tices report improved profits.

Skills for the Future and Staff Retention

80% of employ­ers report Appren­tice­ship train­ing has increased staff retention.

Increased Pro­duc­tiv­i­ty

£214 a week. Busi­ness­es using Appren­tice­ships have increased productivity.


What funding is available?


Appren­tices aged 16 to 18 are ful­ly fund­ed by the Skills Fund­ing Agency (SFA) and no employ­er con­tri­bu­tion is required. Appren­tices aged 19 and over are only part fund­ed by the SFA and there­fore an employ­er con­tri­bu­tion towards train­ing and sup­port costs may be required.

You must also com­mit to 30 hours a week at a min­i­mum rate of £4.15 per hour for those under 19 and those over 19 but in the first year of their Appren­tice­ship. How­ev­er, this is only a min­i­mum hourly rate and employ­ers are encour­aged to pay more where possible.

Fur­ther commitments:

  • Pro­vide a con­tract of employ­ment and an Appren­tice­ship Agree­ment - Click here for a template
  • Assign a men­tor who will super­vise, mon­i­tor and train the apprentice(s) in the workplace.
  • Pro­vide oppor­tu­ni­ties for train­ing and devel­op­ment, ensur­ing rel­e­vant expe­ri­ence is being gained in the work­place for the appro­pri­ate Appren­tice­ship Programme.
  • Allow time for your appren­tice to study and attend train­ing at col­lege (typ­i­cal­ly one day a week).
  • Encour­age your appren­tice to under­take fur­ther stud­ies, and offer pro­gres­sion where possible.

The Skills Fund­ing Agency (SFA) man­ages Appren­tice­ships as a nation­al pro­gramme through its net­work of train­ing providers.

You can find out more about employ­ing an appren­tice vis­it gov​.uk


Once we have an under­stand­ing of your require­ments, we will help to secure your ide­al candidate:

  • By using the col­lege recruit­ment process, you save valu­able time and resources, and can be con­fi­dent that you are get­ting the right per­son for the job.
  • If you already have some­one in mind to be your appren­tice, or they already work for you, we will meet with them to dis­cuss how the pro­gramme works and what the oppor­tu­ni­ties are. We will also help to secure any fund­ing that you may be eli­gi­ble for, although an employ­er con­tri­bu­tion may be required.
  • Click on the fol­low­ing to view the Employ­ers Guide to Appren­tice­ship Recruitment


You need to think about:

  • The basic duties you expect of your apprentice.
  • The type of per­son that will fit your business.
  • What that per­son will be worth to you.

As a min­i­mum your Job Descrip­tion needs to be a brief sum­ma­ry of the job role, fol­lowed by a list of duties to be car­ried out. This can then be used as part of your advert to recruit an apprentice.

Please don’t wor­ry if you’re strug­gling with the Job Descrip­tion. Con­tact us on 01780 484300 and ask for the Appren­tice­ships Team who will be hap­py to help.


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