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Apprenticeships

Making apprenticeships work for you

Apprenticeships are a great mix of hands-on learning in the workplace and theory learned with us in College to give you the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need to thrive in the working world. They’re for anyone aged 16 or over and they allow you to earn and learn at the same time, meaning you have great prospects for the future!

Or, are you an employer looking at taking on an apprentice or thinking about putting existing staff on an Apprenticeship scheme? You would be joining one of over 260,000 workplaces that provide apprenticeship places.

What is an Apprenticeship?

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a programme of training delivered in college and the workplace during which the apprentice receives hands-on working experience.

Apprenticeships refer to on-the-job training leading to nationally recognised qualifications, developed by industry. An apprenticeship includes a minimum of 30 hours per week paid employment. There are various levels of apprenticeships.

How to become an apprentice?

To become an apprentice you will either need to be already employed in that role or find an Employer who is recruiting apprentices. Some Employers do approach Wakefield College regarding vacancies and those vacancies will be advertised on our website. It is important that we have a copy of your CV so we can send to prospective Employers. To improve your chances of finding an employer it is also important that you also search for your own apprenticeship positions.

What does it involve?

An Apprenticeship includes the following components:

  • A minimum of 30 hours per week paid employment.
  • A knowledge based element.
  • A competence based element.
  • Transferable or Key/Functional skills.
  • A module on employment rights and responsibilities.
How long does it take?

The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Typically these last for around 18 months, but can vary.

How does it work?

After forwarding your CV to the Apprenticeship Team you may be required to undertake an interview. If you are accepted on the course and have found employment you will be assigned an Assessor. The Assessor will visit you in the workplace and will be able to provide support to both Apprentice and Employer throughout the apprenticeship.

How flexible are apprenticeships?

Apprentices usually start in September but some have intakes at other times during the year. Some of the training can be in the work place and other sessions are in college.

How much will I get paid?

From the 1st April 2020, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices aged 16-18, and those aged over 19 who are in the first year of their apprenticeship, is £4.30 per hour. The NMW applies to time working and time spent training as this is also part of the apprenticeship. Some employers will pay more, depending on age, experience and qualifications. You will need to make sure you are happy with your salary before starting your apprenticeship.

By being an apprentice, you get the opportunity to work in the industry while you learn. This will benefit you greatly in the future, by having years of experience in the field, it will look great on your CV and to future employers. So as they say, get in, go far.
Elliott Richmond
Design Apprentice
Hire an apprentice, up to £4,000 incentive, that could pay half their wage.
Apprenticeship Vacancies
Apprentice Training Administrator
PERSIMMON HOMES LIMITED
Closing Date: 30 September, 2022

Persimmon PLC is looking to recruit an Apprentice Training Administrator to work from our Head Office in York. The apprenticeship includes a Level 3 Business Administration qualification that will enhance your knowledge and skills to support the role and your career in the longer term.

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Service Desk Administrative Apprentice
DESK TOP PUBLISHING MICRO SYSTEMS LIMITED
Closing Date: 14 October, 2022

The purpose of this role is to work within the service desk team, assisting the team to fulfil their objective of delivering exceptional customer service and timely resolutions to customer’s incidents.

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Childcare Practitioner Apprentice
TINY TOES PRIVATE NURSERY LIMITED
Closing Date: 15 October, 2022

In this apprenticeship the individual has the opportunity to follow children's interests and the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, the days will consist of child led, play based activities which ensure our children are able to reach their fullest potential whilst feeling the minimum of pressure.

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Engineering Operative Apprentice (Fabrication Welding)
CLP AIR GROUP LIMITED
Closing Date: 10 October, 2022

Long term opportunity to join a well-established air handling unit manufacturer with a previous track record for progressing apprentices within the business.

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Engineering Apprenticeship
Refresco Drinks UK Limited
Closing Date: 12 October, 2022

As an Engineering Apprentice you will be expected to achieve both academic and practical skill milestones and will be given opportunities to practice them on many of the “state of the art“ assets on our site. You will be supported and coached by many of our current engineers, and engineering manager in keeping our assets reliable.

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Human Resources Apprentice
FINLAY BEVERAGES LIMITED
Closing Date: 14 October, 2022

The HR Apprentice will support the HR Team in all administration activities relating to two manufacturing sites Finlay Beverages (Pontefract) and Finlays Hull. The role will provide efficient, effective and professional, administrative support whilst working on a study programme to achieve a Level 3 HR Support qualification.

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