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What is an apprenticeship?

As an apprentice, you will work towards a nationally recognised apprenticeship standard while earning a wage and gaining industry experience at the same time.

Apprenticeships are designed by employers and equip you with the relevant knowledge and skills to for a successful career in your chosen area of work. You will also gain valuable work experience and learn transferable skills that will set you up for the future.

With the option to study qualifications from Level 2 through to degree level, it has become a great alternative to a full/part-time course or university. An apprenticeship comes with the added bonus that it comes with a wage and doesn’t come with the debt of a traditional degree.

Apprenticeships aren’t restrictive. You can choose to start an apprenticeship at any point in your education journey. You may choose to start an apprenticeship straight after you leave school or you may decide to study at college then progress to an apprenticeship afterwards, or vice versa.

You can also complete your A-levels at a sixth form or College and then move on to a university-level apprenticeship.

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Which apprenticeships do we offer?

We offer a wide variety of apprenticeship subjects, all individually designed to support both your and your employer’s needs and career goals. We call each apprenticeship subject a ‘standard’, this is basically an apprenticeship version of a course title. So, which standards do we offer?..

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    Who is an apprenticeship for?

    If you are over the age of 16 and live in England you are able to start an apprenticeship – there’s no upper age limit! If you have a particular career goal in mind then an apprenticeship programme could be ideally suited to you. It will provide you with a specific set of skills and experience that you need to achieve your career goal.

    If you are unsure about the type of apprenticeship you’d like to study our apprenticeship and careers teams can talk you through the options available and provide impartial advice and guidance to help you make an informed choice.

    Apprenticeships are also great for those already in employment looking to develop their existing skills and knowledge.  If you are already employed but would like to further develop your skills, knowledge and experience (and even secure a promotion) then an apprenticeship could be ideal for you.

    How to become an apprentice

    The easiest way to apply for an apprenticeship is online. Take a look at the vacancies we have available.

    If you can’t find what you’re looking for then simply register your interest and a member of our apprenticeship team will contact you to talk you through the options available.

    You will have access to support throughout the whole apprenticeship recruitment process, from your initial enquiry right through to your first day in your new role as an apprentice with an employer. Once you start your apprenticeship, you will also benefit from regular visits to your workplace to ensure you are progressing at the right pace.

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    Oliver – Content Creator 

    Graphic design and marketing apprentice Oliver Banks talks about the benefits of upskilling through an apprenticeship. We visited Oliver at Scorpion Red Power in Ripley to talk about his apprenticeship and see behind the scenes of the business.


    Ruby – Hairdressing 

    Ruby, a hairdressing apprentice at Stella & Ellen in Chesterfield, tells us all about her apprenticeship and why she chose to do an apprenticeship over a full/part-time course. It was great to hear how much she is enjoying it and her plans for her career after her apprenticeship.


    Lachlan – Engineering 

    After leaving the forces, Lachlan took on an engineering apprenticeship with Briggs of Burton and hasn’t looked back since. In his words, ‘apprenticeships can be of benefit to a person of any age’.