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Apprenticeships

Earn while you learn

  • all apprentices must receive at least the national minimum wage
  • all apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week
  • over 150,000 employers are offering apprenticeships in more than 200,000 locations
  • apprenticeships are available at intermediate, advanced and higher (degree) level

A great future

  • after finishing, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer
  • a third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job
  • employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications

Source: National Apprenticeship Service

What apprenticeship can I choose?

  • take a look at our apprenticeship ‘frameworks’ to see which you are interested in
  • the ‘framework’ is essentially a set of qualifications that make up your apprenticeship programme
  • check out our course finder and see the types of jobs that apply to each apprenticeship framework
  • register your interest for an apprenticeship by hitting the ‘apply’ button on the website and providing your details

How do I find an employer?

We think that it is great for you if you can find an employer that you really want to work for who is willing to offer you an apprenticeship. Many young people who want to do an apprenticeship start looking for such an employer whilst they are in their last year at school – we would really recommend this to you. Speak to your family and friends to see if they can help you with their contacts.

Other good options are to start looking at the National Apprenticeship Service website. The National Apprenticeship Service website is the home of apprenticeship vacancies on the internet – with over 22,000 quality apprenticeship vacancies available online at any time. This was set up by the government to help young people and employers find the right match between them.

How else can I find an employer?

There are loads of ways in which you can find an apprenticeship:

  • try surfing the web for jobs or companies you would like to work for
  • try asking friends and family if they know of vacancies
  • check out your local newspaper recruitment section for job opportunities

Can the College help me to find an apprenticeship?

  • South Essex College is the only College in Southend, Basildon or Thurrock who has recruitment specialists, REED NCFE, on site at each of our three campuses, to help you get interviews for part-time work, full-time jobs and apprenticeships
  • they help hundreds of students each year with CV writing and job searching workshops, interview preparation and learning to work training

Can I apply for a full-time course whilst I look for an apprenticeship?

  • yes, lot’s of applicants apply for more than one course
  • it’s important to let us know when you have secured your apprenticeship so we can give the place on the course to someone else

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Apprenticeship frameworks

For more detailed information please see our full list of Apprenticeships.