Apprenticeships At City College

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What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a great way to gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst being employed and earning a wage. As an apprentice you can earn while you learn and gain practical skills from being in the workplace. They are also a great alternative to A-levels and university, with those building their careers through the apprenticeship route more likely to stay in work throughout their life. Most apprenticeship programmes include:

  • An industry recognised qualification
  • A knowledge based qualification
  • Key transferable skills
  • Functional skils in English, maths and ICT

You need to be employed to complete an apprenticeship and demand for places with employers can be competitive so you will need to show that you are committed to both your employer and the qualifications. You also need to be happy to work as part of a team as well as on your own, and be able to use your own initiative.

The minimum length of an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship is 12 months, however depending on your apprenticeship this might take slightly longer. There are three levels of apprenticeships available, which are dependent on your experience and qualifications.

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2)
    Equivalent to five GCSEs A* - C
  • Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3)
    Equivalent to two A-level passes
  • Higher Apprenticeships (Levels 4 +)
    Equivalent to a Foundation Degree

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Benefits of an apprenticeship

There are many benefits of completing an apprenticeship and they are an excellent alternative to A-levels and university.

  • Earn while you learn - it's a mix of studying at college and on the job training
  • You'll gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Learn practical skills and benefit from workplace experience
  • Earn a real wage – the current average is £170 per week
  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment on completion of their apprenticeship
  • On average apprentices earn around £100,000 more in a lifetime than other employees
  • You can progress onto a higher level of apprenticeship, study for technical certificates, work towards promotion or go on to higher education at college or university
Why City College?

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Please contact us today to register your interest in an Apprenticeship or Traineeship.


Tel: 023 8057 7224

Apprenticeship programmes

We offer a wide range of apprenticeships including:


  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • I.T


  • Bench Joinery
  • Bricklaying
  • Building Services
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Contracting
  • Electrical Installation
  • Heating & Ventilation
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Site Carpentry


  • Early Years (Childcare)



  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
  • Fabrication & Welding
  • Mechanical Engineering

Motor Vehicle

  • Motor Vehicle (light)
  • Motor Vehicle (heavy)


  • Boat Building
  • Marine Electrical
  • Marine Engineering

Service Industries

  • Barbering
  • Hairdressing
  • Catering

If you haven’t got the right grades for an apprenticeship but still want the opportunity to do so, then a Traineeship could be for you. A traineeship is an excellent opportunity for you to help prepare yourself for your future career, apprenticeship or other job.

Traineeships last anything from six weeks to six months with a programme tailored to your specific needs. This could include:

  • Training to give you confidence to take the first step in your career, which could  be an apprenticeship
  • You will study English and maths to help give you any additional literacy and numeracy skills you may need for the workplace
  • Work experience to provide you with first hand insight and experience of work, which also makes you more attractive to potential employers   

Is a traineeship right for me?

Traineeships are for young people who are motivated and want to get a job but don't yet have the skills and experience employers are looking for.

If you have been unsuccessful when applying for an apprenticeship but told you lack skills and experience, a traineeship will help you to gain these.

You cannot be employed and you won’t be employed to undertake a Traineeship.

For more information on Traineeships contact 023 8048 4848


How to apply

Already employed?

If you are already employed and interested in completing an apprenticeship programme with your employer call 023 8057 7426, or email One of our team will contact you and your employer to arrange a suitable time to meet with you to discuss your options.

You will then be invited to come into the college to complete an initial assessment and interview. This will allow us to determine whether the apprenticeship is the right route for you and which level is most suitable.

Once everything is in place we will then take you through the sign-up and induction process onto your apprenticeship.

Not employed?

You need to have an employer to start and complete an apprenticeship. Competition for places with employers can be strong so we've listed a few questions worth considering first.

  • Have you researched the industry and job role you're interested in working in?
  • Are you confident you have the right characteristics?
  • Do you meet the entry criteria for your chosen apprenticeship?
  • Is your CV up to date?

Don't worry if you can't answer yes to all of the above as we can help.

If you feel you're ready to consider doing an apprenticeship, search and apply for the programme that interests you and we will invite you to the college for an initial assessment and interview.

A lot of our full-time courses have suitable qualification routes that can be transferred to an apprenticeship once you've found a suitable employer.