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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 Sales Consultant
One World Travel
Closing Date: 28 January, 2021

We are looking for an enthusiastic motivational fast learning individual to join our successful sales team at our Wakefield branch. For the right person, there is the opportunity to secure full time employment and progress to higher level qualifications.

Reporting into your line manager your role will include but not limited to:

  • Building and maintaining relationships with customers
  • Identifying and meeting customers’ needs
  • Using social media to promote offers, generating customer engagement and sales leads
  • Participating in promotional events and activities to increase exposure of the branch
  • Selling all related travel services offered by Oneworld Travel Group
  • Assisting with the day-to-day operation of the branch
  •  Effectively performing administrative duties and follow processes accurately
  •  Ability to work towards individual and team sales targets



Apprentice Sales & Service Administrator
Balmers GM Ltd - Wakefield
Closing Date: 7 February, 2021


Provide support for administrating sales process to maximise administrative efficiency in the department. Processes all whole goods related sales transactions. Assisting the sales team in maintaining accurate and on-time reports and records.


Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Receives and directs internal and external customer inquiries for the service department
  • Receives and directs internal and external customer inquiries for the sales department
  • Checks work orders before submission to Service manager end customers
  • Maintains service department filing, records and department information
  • Opens work orders as directed by the Outlet Service Manager and maintains control until they are closed and invoiced
  • Verifies the completeness and accuracy of sales information
  • Maintains sales department filing, records and department information
  • Assists with inventory audits
  • Assists with the organisation of transport of machinery to and from the business

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE A*- C/ 4-9 in maths and English would be desirable


Parts Administrator/ Customer Service Apprentice
Balmers Gm Ltd - Wakefield
Closing Date: 7 February, 2021

Support administrating parts stocking, marketing and sales processes to maximize administrative efficiency in the department. Assists the parts team in maintaining accurate and on-time reports and records while completing a Level 2 in Customer Service.

Vacancy description

  • Performs basic parts sales and marketing tasks and develops marketing and selling skills
  • Assists Parts colleagues as needed
  • Helps to supply service technicians with parts as required
  • Assists in keeping parts inventory clean, orderly and well organised
  • Assists in keeping displays at the JD Place showroom clean, fresh and tidy
  • Learns to complete reports (DPAC) and forms
  • Participates in Parts Training programs required, mostly DLMs, for the development of skills and knowledge

Desired qualifications

GCSE A*-C/ 4-9 in Maths and English or equivalent qualifications are desirable.



Apprentice Office Admin Clerk
Construction Labour Solutions UK Ltd
Closing Date: 16 February, 2021

The role covers all aspects of admin including but not limited to filing, post, making and receiving phone calls and help in the registration process of candidates.

Vacancy description

Office administration to assist our recruitment staff in filling vacancies and dealing efficiently with all the admin – filing, post, data inputting, posting vacancies on social media and job search sites.

Covering all aspects of admin including but not limited to filing, post, making and receiving phone calls, help in registration process of candidates etc

You will need a good telephone manner, an organised, methodical approach to your work, good IT skills

We are a small team so the apprentice will assist all other staff members and report to Catherine Fell and John Mawson who will monitor performance and assist with training and development.

Desired qualifications

  • GCSE English and Maths grade C or equivalent
  • GCSE IT grade C or equivalent



Welder/Fabrication Apprentice
WEC Group Ltd
Closing Date: 31 January, 2021

We are looking to recruit Welder/Fabricator Apprentices to join our team at Sherburn Metalwork. Our award-winning apprenticeships offer long term career opportunities. This is the perfect opportunity for a motivated and dynamic person to thrive, working within a successful and vibrant team.

Vacancy description

 The successful candidate(s) duties include:

  • Work on a range of projects alongside qualified members of staff  
  • Take part in all general engineering duties  
  • Providing support for our fabrication teams 

Desired qualifications

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English and maths. Science and Technology are desirable.


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