What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a 'job' from day one which includes a combination of on and off-the-job training.

Once you have decided upon your course of study, you should look for a placement provider. You must also complete an on-line application on the college website for your chosen course.

  1. An Apprenticeship is a Level 2 or 3 qualification including English, Maths and ICT for students who do not achieve C at GCSE
  2. It is an employment contract, working 4 days per week with your employer and studying in College 1 or 2 days per week (depending on essential skills requirements).
  3. Entry requirements vary and age limit is usually 16-24 year olds, unless a Priority Skills area such as Engineering
  4. You will be contracted to work a minimum of 21 hours per week for 2 years. You are also paid for your day in College!
  5. You will have a dedicated Training Support Officer to guide and support you through your apprenticeship and regular reviews with your employer
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What is an HLA

An HLA is a Level 4/5 Qualification for new employees or for existing employees who are upskilling/entering a new job role.

  1. Main qualification is a Foundation Degree or Level 4/5 Diploma, achieved over 2 years (3 years for Mechatronics and Computing)
  2. It is an employment contract, working 4 days per week with your employer and studying in College 1 day per week. You are also paid for your day in College!
  3. Entry requirements vary but generally include GCSE Maths & English at grace C or above and A Levels or a Level 3 Certificate/Diploma

Benefits of Apprenticeships

  1. Earn while you learn You will receive at least the Apprenticeship Rate (L2/3) or Minimum Wage (HLA) for the duration of your studies including College Day!
  2. Experienced Mentor Work with and learn from professionals with years of experience in your chosen industry
  3. Just 1 day per week in CollegeComplete your HLA (Foundation Degree or Diploma) or Level 2/3 Apprenticeship with just 1 day or evening per week in College (2 days per week where essential skills are required)
  4. No fees = no student loans for HLA students Your course will be fully funded by the Department for the Economy which means no student debt
  5. Fantastic career opportunitiesYou have a job from day one which opens up many opportunities for progression/promotion within your company
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How do I find an Apprenticeship Employer?

Search for opportunities…

  • Contact employers directly by email, telephone or call in with your CV
  • Contact your local College – email us for support at any time in they year!
  • Look for vacancies online (employer websites or job search website such as Job Centre Online
  • Have you previously done a school work placement? Contact them if aligned with your chosen industry
  • Contact SERC’s career service for free advice, CV support and interview skills