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What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.
It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It’s funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.
To become an apprentice, you must:
- be 16 or over
- not already be in full-time education
- live in England
You can have a previous qualification like a degree and still start an apprenticeship.
If you don’t live in England, check out apprenticeship options in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland.
As an apprentice you’ll:
- learn and train for a specific job
- get paid and receive holiday leave
- get hands-on experience in a real job
- study for at least 20% of your working hours – usually at a college, university or with a training provider
- complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
- be on a career path with lots of future potential
Where can I do an Apprenticeship in Exeter?
You can approach the following training providers who will help you to secure an apprenticeship. They will all be working with different employers and businesses, so you should check what vacancies they are offering as they will all be different. You should also use the ‘search for an apprenticeship’ tool on the www.apprenticeships.gov.uk website, as there may be other training providers working with businesses in Exeter who can support you to access an apprenticeship.
We work closely with local businesses of all sizes supporting them with apprenticeship recruitment and apprenticeship delivery. The apprenticeships we offer include; Level 3 Business Administrator, Level 2 Customer Service Practitioner, Level 3 Customer Service Specialist, Level 3 Team Leader, Level 5 Department Operational Manager and L3 Emergency Contact Handling. We offer Information advice and guidance for people of all ages interested in undertaking an apprenticeship.
Exeter College’s Apprenticeship programme stands out as one of the best in the country, winning numerous awards for Apprenticeship training and delivery. They achieve higher than national average success rates, which means you will be given the best opportunity to succeed with Exeter College.
The College has over 90 Apprenticeship programmes to choose from in a variety of sectors, ranging from GCSE to degree level. Apprenticeships are for all ages and are the perfect tool to launch your career, to facilitate a career change or progress in your current role.
One of the attractions of an Apprenticeship is the ability to earn and learn, making gaining a new qualification accessible to those with financial commitments. The Apprenticeship wage does reflect the fact you are in training, however, employers often offer more to attract talent to their company. They will also tend to honour your current salary if you are already an employee in the business. There are no course costs passed onto the learner, with the fee funded by the Government and employer contributions.
Book a 30 minute online meeting slot with one of Exeter College’s Apprenticeship Team by clicking on the button below. We will offer advice and guidance, job seeking support and answer all questions you may have about becoming an Apprentice.
Students undertaking a degree apprenticeship will combine working with part-time study at university. The amount of time students spend with their employer or at university will depend on the programme, however students will stay employed with their employer for the full length of their degree apprenticeship.
As apprenticeships are jobs, students will need to find employment with an employer who is supportive of degree apprenticeships.
For more information see www.exeter.ac.uk/degreeapprenticeships/pupils/#a5