Apprenticeships

Chesterfield College is one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the region, working with more than 1,900 employers to support apprenticeship placements in engineering, construction, health and social care, childcare, creative digital media, business administration, customer service, social media and digital marketing and many more.

We can help you find a suitable vacancy if you are planning to become an apprentice. You can check our current list of vacancies here (link to LU vacancy page) along with lots of information about what an apprenticeship entails here.

If you do find a vacancy you are interested in, it’s easy to apply online. If you don’t find anything that’s right for you, you can still register your interest so we can start looking for a suitable apprenticeship. You will have access to support throughout the whole process, from your initial interview to your first day in your new role. You will also benefit from regular visits to your workplace to ensure you are progressing at the right pace.

There’s lots of confusion surrounding apprenticeships and who they are for, so we’ve put together a brief ‘need to know’ list that will hopefully answer some of your questions:

  • An apprentice can be aged 16 or aged 60 – there is no age limit.
  • If you are already employed and want to improve your skills and chances of promotion, you can still become an apprentice. Talk to your employer and ask them if they would be willing to support you.
  • As an apprentice, you are an employed member of staff with access to all of the same rights as any other member of staff.
  • There are different levels of apprenticeship, form Level 2 to university-level.
  • You can choose to become an apprentice after you leave school, after completing your A Levels or after college.
  • You can also choose to go to university to study a degree after you complete a Level 3 apprenticeship – being an apprentice does not restrict your options.
  • Although some apprenticeship wages are lower than the minimum wage for 16-18 year olds, many pay as much, or more than the minimum wage (usually dependent on the job role).
  • Apprenticeships are not the easy option! The training can be difficult, high level and specialist, and you definitely won’t be ‘making the tea’.
  • The majority of apprentices (over 90%) gain work after completing their apprenticeship, with most staying on with their current employer.
  • If you complete an apprenticeship you are more employable. Employers value the mix of training and workplace experience that apprenticeships offer.