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Apprenticeships

An Apprenticeship is a fast track way of getting on in your career. You will have a paid job while working towards a qualification in your industry area. The qualifications are the same as in full time college study, it’s just that you’re at work while you’re studying.

In general, Apprenticeships take several years to complete and the work is at the same level as a full time course, but you must fit it in around work. Employers allow for that and make time available for your study, supporting you as you develop your skills and knowledge.

It’s an appealing route for many students because it begins with a job and gives you immediate work experience which is valuable for future employment. Apprentices cite other reasons why they choose them over full time college study as a student:

You earn a wage from the start

Instead of building up debt at University, Apprentices earn a real salary and training fees are supported by the Government and your employer.

Training is tailor made to suit your role and direction

The choice of Apprenticeships is huge. You can develop a pathway that matches your careers ambitions and suits the needs of your employer.

Gain essential workplace experience

An Apprenticeship will put you a step ahead of other job hunters as you will have both the qualification AND the experience allowing you to progress your career FASTER

Take giant steps up the career ladder

Whilst on an Apprenticeship you will gain the skills, experience and contacts needed to reach your goal FASTER.

Improve your prospects

Employers say that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications

What can I do?

Find out about the Apprenticeships we support at West Suffolk College:

  • Construction and Building
  • Engineering
  • Early Years
  • Business and Accounting
  • Hairdressing and Barbering
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Logistics
  • IT
  • Science