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.
- An Apprenticeship is a Level 2 or 3 qualification including English, Maths and ICT for students who do not achieve C at GCSE
- 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).
- Entry requirements vary and age limit is usually 16-24 year olds, unless a Priority Skills area such as Engineering
- 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!
- You will have a dedicated Training Support Officer to guide and support you through your apprenticeship and regular reviews with your employer
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.
- Main qualification is a Foundation Degree or Level 4/5 Diploma, achieved over 2 years (3 years for Mechatronics and Computing)
- 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!
- 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
- 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!
- Experienced Mentor Work with and learn from professionals with years of experience in your chosen industry
- 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)
- 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
- Fantastic career opportunitiesYou have a job from day one which opens up many opportunities for progression/promotion within your company
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