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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 2020, 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 £4.30 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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Design Apprentice
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Apprenticeship Vacancies
Apprentice Customer Service Executive
Parkside Flexible Ltd
Closing Date: 24 October, 2021

We are looking for an Apprentice Customer Service Executive (with potential to grow & develop further) to help us achieve our ambition. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to benefit from a structed career pathway with the potential of pay increases on completion of apprenticeship milestones.


Apprentice Financial Services Administrator
Regency Wealth Management
Closing Date: 31 October, 2021

The role available involves general administrative duties, such as answering the telephone and dealing with client enquiries, dealing with incoming and outgoing post and maintaining client records on our back office computer systems.

The successful candidate will work as part of our client services team and will be the first point of contact for clients and financial adviser queries.



Business Admin Apprentice
Standard Patent Glazing Company Limited
Closing Date: 23 October, 2021

Office Administrator required to assist and support our Receptionist and Contracts Administration with various tasks within an extremely busy office environment.

Our Company is looking for a highly motivated and hardworking administrator to join our team. The suitable candidate will work alongside and support our Receptionist and Contracts Administrator with their day-to-day tasks and running of the office as well as support other departments when required.


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