Kick off your career with an apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is perfect for someone who is looking to start earning a living and prefers practical learning. There are over 250 apprenticeships available across a range of industry sectors, from engineering to health and social care, from veterinary nursing to accounting and so many more.

With most of your training delivered in the workplace, you'll get bags of invaluable on-the-job experience and understand the day to day workings and challenges of your chosen industry. You'll be able to develop and apply new skills instantly in the workplace, and learn directly from the people around you.

Why do an apprenticeship?

Choosing to do an apprenticeship means that you open yourself to excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace. There's also different type of apprenticeships, which mean you can move to all the way to graduate level with higher level and degree apprenticeships.

Apprenticeship means that you:

  • Earn while you learn
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification while you work
  • Get the benefits of being an employee

At Oaklands we have a dedicated Apprenticeship Team who can advise you on the different Apprenticeships available and help you decide which career route you want to pursue. Once you have decided, they will support your applications to employers and provide interview guidance and advice to ensure you are fully prepared for your interviews and confident, giving you the best chance to be successful.

Do I have to attend College?

It depends on what you study. Many of our apprenticeships come with a day release for a regular check in at College. Some of the more hands-on apprenticeships such as electrical installation and plumbing require day release at College, yet some frameworks may require occasional workshops, English and Maths Functional Skills and Technical exams.

Throughout your Apprenticeship and employment you will develop your technical knowledge about the job you are doing and the industry in which you are working. You will usually attend college to be taught this knowledge and develop your understanding further with relevant legislation and ethical standards. In the workplace, you will be developing new skills that you are learning in your work-based role from colleagues and supported by your line manager.

At the end of your Apprenticeship you will have developed a fully rounded set of competence skills and knowledge whilst gaining critical workplace experience and this is a very valuable and powerful skill set to help support your continuing career.

There are further progression options in many vocations up to foundation degree and degree level which means that you can keep learning, developing your career and gathering important experience at work while being paid too. Apprenticeships are a great solution for being employable.

Have you thought about a Traineeship?

Traineeships are a new training programme for young people aged 16 – 24 who are motivated to get a job but who may not have the skills and experience employers are looking for.

On our 12 week traineeship programme you will learn:

  • Commercial skills vital to working in any business
  • Selling and marketing yourself
  • Communication skills
  • Tools and techniques for persuasion
  • Self-presentation

....all taught in a fun and unconventional teaching style.

You will also have 4 – 6 weeks’ meaningful work experience arranged for you so that you can gain the experience that employers really value.

After completing your traineeship you’ll be ‘work ready’, which means you’ll be better placed to move in to employment.

Interested? Let us know!

If you think an Apprenticeship or Traineeship is the right choice for you, see the range of our current opportunities or contact a member of our team who will discuss your application in detail.

01727 737000 apprenticeships@oaklands.ac.uk