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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.
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Apprenticeship Vacancies
Apprentice Business Administrator
Taylor Wimpey Ltd
Closing Date: 3 May, 2022

Apprentice Business Administrator required for the Strategic Land function in our Wakefield office. 

A busy and interesting position supporting the Team Manager.  We will train you in all areas of the role and once your skills and knowledge grow your duties will be:

  • Prepare and create orders for the team
  • Log orders & invoices on relevant fee trackers
  • Prepare invoices for payment in a timely manner
  • Keep database up to date
  • Assisting with the company framework
  • Tendering exercises for the team
  • Assist the Team Manager/Executive Secretary with admin as required
  • Assist the Team Manager/Executive Secretary with booking of functions/community consultations
  • Support of IT Coordinator as required

All applicants need to ensure that they can travel to our office in the Durkar area of Wakefield.


HR Apprentice
Conexus Healthcare Ltd
Closing Date: 30 April, 2022

As part of our updated strategy we are looking at innovative ways to develop our workforce and build a high-quality Human Resources (HR) administrative function within our corporate team through the establishment of this new role.

The Company reserves the right to vary your duties and responsibilities at any time and from time to time according to the needs of the Company’s business.

  •  Assisting the HR Officer with daily administrative duties
  •   Placing of advertisements on recruitment platforms associated media;
  • Dealing with application forms for new starters that join the business. Communication with prospective applicants, shortlisted candidates, gathering references, employee checks and certifying documents


Mechanical Engineering Fitter Apprentice
Bosch Rexroth Limited
Closing Date: 31 May, 2022

Working for us, you will experience all aspects of power unit build.  We are known as the Drive and Control Company. You will be mentored by multi skilled fitters with many years experience, people who really know their stuff and if you want to learn, they want to teach you.  You won’t just spend time on the shop floor though – we like our apprentices to really understand our business, so with time, you will work in rotations such as engineering design.


Engineering Operative Apprentice (Fabrication Welding)
Closing Date: 8 May, 2022

The candidate will work as part of a skilled and experienced team to develop their own skills, behaviours and knowledge in Plating and Welding of Structural Steel.

Working with a qualified plater you will learn how to:

  • Mark out structural steel
  • Plating sections upto 10 ton
  • Grinding & cleaning up sections and plates
  • Burning cell hoes and notches
  • Using plasma to cut haunches
  • Welding from 6mm to 25mm fillets & up to 50mm butt welds
  • Learning how to use overhead cranes, forklift trucks & sideloaders


Motor Vehicle Service & Repair Apprentice
Closing Date: 22 May, 2022

Duties will include:

  • You will learn how to inspect and service a vehicle
  • Routine light vehicle maintenance
  • Inspecting vehicles using prescribed methods
  • Working with wheels and tyres
  • Basic servicing, including car health checks
  • Steering and suspension
  • Putting theory into practice following training weeks
  • Electrical fault diagnostics
  • Assisting and observing senior mechanics
  • Adhering to health & safety at all times
  • Help to maintain a clean and tidy work environment
  • Deal with customers face to face and over the telephone


Apprentice Sales Administrator
Hansons Buildings
Closing Date: 13 May, 2022

The Sales Administrator Apprentice’s role is a varied role but mainly to ensure all customer details and sales orders are input onto the system accurately and in a timely manner. Ensuring the required paperwork is issued to both customer and agent accordingly plus many other duties.


Engineering Operative Apprentice (Fabrication Welding)
Closing Date: 29 May, 2022

CLP Air Group Limited have got an amazing opportunity to complete a Level 2 Engineering Operative Apprentice. If you are wanting to get into engineering this is a great place to start your career.


Engineering operative apprentice (mechanical)
Closing Date: 7 June, 2022

A chance to become fully skilled in engineering disciplines and the opportunity to study for and gain engineering qualifications. The position is on a full-time basis and requires the drive and enthusiasm to succeed in a competitive environment.


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