Apprenticeships are designed by employers so the training reflects the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need for a particular occupation. Apprenticeship training is of a high standard and only training providers who are on the register of apprenticeship training providers can deliver the training.  

Working as an apprentice means they earn as they learn. An apprentice works in a real job and spends 20% of their working hours training. So, they gain the skills needed for their chosen occupation. Some apprenticeships include a qualification, including a degree. All of the training is free, so the apprentice has no student debt to worry about.  

A school or college leaver can apply for university and an apprenticeship at the same time. They can make their final decision after they've had time to consider their options.  

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An apprenticeship is a work-based training program that combines practical experience with formal learning, leading to a recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships welcome individuals from diverse backgronds and age groups. While eligibility criteria may differ per apprenticeship, many programs cater to school leavers, individuals seeking career changes, and those aiming to enhance their skills within their current roles.

Requirements vary, but many apprenticeships welcome candidates with a range of qualifications and experiences. Some programs may have specific entry criteria, while others prioritise enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.

Generally, apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. There is no upper age limit, and individuals at different stages of their careers can explore apprenticeship opportunities.

Yes. Apprenticeships are led by employers. If you are an aspiring apprentice and you find an employer independently who expresses interest in hiring you, we can facilitate this process. For individuals currently employed and seeking to upskill within their current roles, apprenticeships provide an excellent avenue for professional development.

Additionally, we have lots of vacancies with local employers who are actively looking for new apprentices to join their team. You can find our vacancies here.

The duration of an apprenticeship varies depending on the program and industry. Apprenticeships typically range from one to four years.

Yes, apprentices are paid for their work. The wage may vary based on factors like location, industry, and the level of the apprenticeship. The minimum wage for an apprentice is £5.28

Yes, apprenticeships involve a combination of on-the-job training and formal education. You will study towards an industry recognised qualification while gaining practical experience.

You will receive support from both your employer and us. You will have a dedicated throughout the duration of your apprenticeship who will mentor you, have regular check-ins, and give you additional resources and guidance to support your learning.

We offer a wide range of apprenticeships that cover a variety of industries and roles, including digital, construction, healthcare, business, and engineering. There are various levels, from entry to degree level apprenticeships. To view our offer, take a look at 'Our Apprenticeship Programmes page'.

You can apply for an apprenticeship by applying through our website via our 'Current Vacancies' page. Alternatively, you can apply for an apprenticeship through the 'Find an apprenticeship' website.

Yes, having a degree doesn't mean you're excluded from becoming an apprentice. Many apprenticeships value a diverse range of experiences and educational backgrounds.

Apprenticeships provide a practical learning approach that sets them apart from university. You will gain role specific training, learning by actively engaging in and performing the tasks associated with your job. Plus, you don't have the lingering student debt and you get paid!

The learning takes place in the workplace for many of our apprenticeships, eliminating the need for day release or offsite training. However, in the Automotive, Construction and Engineering sectors, there may be requirements to attend our state-of-the-art campus facilities for specialised training sessions.

TOTUM Apprentice is the only discount card for apprentices in the UK, it has lots of benefits with hundreds of discounts. You can get your discount by signing up for the TOTUM Apprentice card here.

End Point Assessment is the final stage of your apprenticeship. It serves as a comprehensive assessment of your skills, knowledge, and behaviours relevant to your specific job role. The EPA is designed to ensure that you are fully competent and ready to perform your chosen occupation.

After completing your apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to secure a full-time position with your current employer or explore other career opportunities in your chosen field.

After completing your apprenticeship, you may have the opportunity to secure a full-time position with your current employer or explore other career opportunities in your chosen field.

Employers are committed to providing support for those with disabilities or specific learning needs. To explore available accommodations, we encourage you to engage in a discussion with us. Your requirements will be considered to ensure a positive and accessible apprenticeship experience.

You can stay updated on apprenticeship opportunities at Sunderland College in two ways. You can apply for current vacancies, and even if you're not selected, your application will be considered for other relevant apprenticeship opportunities. Alternatively, you can express your interest via our enquiries page, and we'll keep you in mind for relevant opportunities as they arise.

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