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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 2019, 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 £4.15 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 Fabricator
Associated Utility Supplies Ltd Huddersfield
Closing Date: 15 September, 2020

To operate MIG welding machine and carryout work on structural steel items efficiently and effectively resulting in high quality products being produced, ensuring all customer requirements are met within tolerance and timely fashion. Throughout your apprenticeship you will develop your skills to gain an Fabrication Welding Apprenticeship.

Duties to include:

  • To accept the job instructions, complete with all relevant production paperwork and work to the instruction specifications
  • To set and operate MIG welding machine
  • Able to jig and fixture own workpieces
  • To check all product components are correct before and during the operation
  • To carry out Quality Control checks (inspection) and ensure the products are correct throughout the run
  • Always adhere to company processes and procedures
  • Be aware of and always follow all HS procedures

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Apprentice Machinist
Associated Utility Supplies Ltd
Closing Date: 15 September, 2020

To set, operate and run CNC machines efficiently and effectively resulting in high quality products being produced, ensuring all customer requirements are met within tolerance and timely fashion. Throughout your apprenticeship you will develop your skills to gain a Machining Apprenticeship.

Duties to include:

  • To accept the job instructions, complete with all relevant production paperwork and work to the instruction specifications
  • To set and run CNC machines
  • Able to write programs for CNC machines
  • To check all product components are correct before and during the operation
  • To carry out Quality Control checks (inspection) and ensure the products are correct throughout the run
  • Always adhere to company processes and procedures
  • Be aware of and always follow all HS procedures

 

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Apprentice Engineer
IPL
Closing Date: 20 September, 2020

We are recruiting for an Apprentice Engineer to join our Engineering division at our IPL Head Office site in Normanton, West Yorkshire. For the right person, there is the opportunity to secure full time employment and progress to higher level qualifications.

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Apprentice Joiner
Flexibitions Limited
Closing Date: 20 September, 2020

An exciting position has arisen for an Apprentice Joiner within an exhibition company, having recently located to WF4. You will have the ability to work with a team, plus meet deadlines whilst still maintaining quality. The majority of work is bench joinery manufacturing mdf/plywood exhibition furniture and preparation for finishing.

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Apprentice Dental Nurse
Shepley Dental Practice
Closing Date: 20 September, 2020

The dental nurse role will be to provide chairside assistance to the dentists/therapists and carry out excellent cross infection control and be aware of patient confidentiality. The dental nurse will also carry out duties in the decontamination room and on the reception.

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Apprentice Office Administrator
Rhino Precast Ltd
Closing Date: 28 September, 2020

Due to our continued expansion in the pre-cast concrete sector of the construction industry, Rhino Precast Ltd are looking to recruit an Apprentice Office Administrator to provide support initially to the Contracts and Commercial Department of the company.

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