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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
Apprenticeship Vacancies
Customer Service Apprentice
Balmers GM Ltd
Closing Date: 16 April, 2021

Support administrating parts stocking, marketing and sales processes to maximize administrative efficiency in the department. Assists the parts team in maintaining accurate and on-time reports and records while completing a Level 2 in Customer Service.


Apprentice Dental Nurse
Closing Date: 7 May, 2021

Apprentice Dental Nurse required to join our brand new private orthodontic practice. For the right person, there is the opportunity to secure full time employment and progress to higher level qualifications.



Engineering Apprentice
OE Electrics
Closing Date: 26 April, 2021

An opportunity has arisen for 2 individuals to join OE Electrics as an apprentice engineer. The successful candidates will learn on and off the job the fundamentals of engineering in a growing, modern manufacturing company.

The engineering aspect will cover the basics of engineering, including:

  • Computer Aided Design
  • Hydraulic punch press setting and operation
  • Programming and operation of our HAAS CNC machinery as well as Injection Moulding
  • Spray Painting
  • Fluid Transfer Technology
  • Operation and maintenance of our Automated socket assembly machinery

After an initial period of time gaining an overview of the engineering department, one of the candidates will specialise in Plastic injection moulding and the other candidate will specialise in CNC programming and machining initially, with possibility to switch at some point.


Apprentice Gardener
Neil Barrett
Closing Date: 14 May, 2021

The overall role is to help tend and maintain private and commercial gardens and grounds. The post-holder will provide more support as they gain in confidence and experience and in year 2.

The aim of the apprenticeship is to achieve a recognised qualification at the end of this fixed term contract and become a gardener and valued member of the team.


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