An Apprenticeship is an excellent way of getting started in your chosen career. You will have a paid job whilst also working towards an Apprenticeship in your industry area.
Apprenticeships are Workbased meaning you gain valuable skills and experience from the employer you work for. They can take several years to complete and there are various levels, which Apprenticeships come in (Level 2 to 7). Employers make time available for your study, which will total a minimum of 20% off the job training.
It is 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 have listed other reasons why they choose them over full time college study:
You earn a wage from the start
Instead of building up debt at University, Apprentices earn a real salary and the government or your employer supports any training fees associated to the course.
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
While 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.
Find out about the Apprenticeships we support at West Suffolk College.
✔️ Our Apprenticeship growth = 7% increase from last year
✔️ We have been supported by a total of 998 employers over the last year
✔️ Our engagement with Apprenticeship Levy employers has increased to 125 employers
✔️ Our average salary for Apprenticeship recruitment has also increased from £188.09 to £224.35 per week, meaning our vacancies are paying £87.45 per week on average more than the National Minimum Wage for Apprenticeships
✔️ Our biggest area for growth is Engineering / Manufacturing based on recruitment in 2018/19