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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.

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Telephone: 01924 789469
Email: apprenticeships@heartofyorkshire.ac.uk

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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?

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices aged 16-18, and those aged over 19 who are in the first year of their apprenticeship, can be found here National Minimum Wage.

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

An exciting opportunity has arisen to start your career as an apprentice commis chef. You will develop your skills and knowledge of food preparation and cooking.


We specialise in Land Rovers and Range Rovers offering a unique working platform. We work on many new vehicles and some high-end vehicles. If you are able to offer the care and attention these vehicles deserve, then we will teach you the required skills to carry out all the necessary repairs.


Our Family-run Company Is Built On A Good, Solid And Very British Principle; If A Job’s Worth Doing, It’s Worth Doing Well. Our Engineering operatives are key to the success of the Manufacturing and Engineering department. We look to develop a workforce with the relevant skill set and knowledge to thrive!


Are you looking to start your career in Accounting? Then this Trainee Accountant Apprenticeship could be perfect for you. Working as part of a small family team you will be involved in all areas of the business. This provides a superb learning opportunity to progress both professionally and personally.


We have had countless apprentices over the 29 years of business many of which are still here. Our longest serving apprentice has been with us for 28 years and started at 16 years old. We are looking for someone with the same passion and motivation to join the team at Micra Truck Bodies.


Julie's Jolly Tots are looking for a candidate to complete a Level 2 Early Years Apprenticeship with them someone who is friendly and supportive. There will be full support put in place towards the learning while getting hands on experience you will also be gaining a qualification.


We are looking for an individual who can bring a high level of enthusiasm with a possibility of progression within the internal or external sales department.


We are offering a great opportunity for someone just starting out on their catering journey to come work with fresh food in a fast paced and service focused environment. Our team of experienced chefs will be able to mentor and assist the lucky applicant with their studies and development.


Jigsaws Childcare is a full day nursery for children aged three months to preschool but we also provide before and after school care and holiday club activities throughout the year. Our meals are made fresh onsite everyday. We have a very busy kitchen environment serving breakfast, snacks, lunch and tea to around 50 children everyday.


Collaborative Apprenticeships at Wakefield College

Wakefield College is proud to be part of the Collaborative Apprenticeships scheme in partnership with West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges to offer FREE enhanced training.

This pilot scheme, part-funded by European Social Fund, aims to offer training and services for apprentices and employers. We are offering employers and potential apprentices across West Yorkshire the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge.

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