Become an Apprentice

Our Apprenticeship programme is the perfect way to kick-start your career. It combines working in a real business with study towards technical qualifications needed for your job role. It is the ideal solution for forward thinking, savvy individuals who want to develop their career, gain qualifications up to degree level and with the benefit that you don’t incur student debt.

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.

The benefits of choosing an apprenticeship

  • The programme can give you your first step onto the career ladder.
  • You will be an employee in a business with a real job role and responsibilities.
  • You will receive a salary, paid holidays and possibly additional benefits (depending on the benefits offered by individual employers).
  • You will also be eligible for student discounts at shops, restaurants, online and on local travel through the Apprentice EXTRA card.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

We have lots of local employers who regularly take on apprentices and The National Apprenticeship Service also runs Apprenticeships vacancies. 

Our Student Experiences

See what our current students have to say about their experiences

Talk About Your Options

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.

95%

of our apprentices go to work in their chosen career area

91%

of our apprentices grow their confidence after doing an apprenticeship at Oaklands

84%

of Oaklands apprentices are employed full-time after they complete their apprenticeship

97%

of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved

90%

of apprentices currently go into work or further training

£9k - £12k

is the average salary for an Oaklands apprentice.

Myth Busters

Fact - Not necessarily. In any apprenticeship, 20% of the working week should be spent outside the workplace. For many, this can be a day at College but it has to be off the job training.

Fact - This is not true - an apprentice can be any age, and can be already employed.

Fact - All Apprentice receive a minimum of 28 days annual leave (including the 8 bank / public holidays).

Fact - All Apprentices are employed and have a valid contract of employment with their employer. This entitles them to the same terms and conditions as colleagues.

All Apprentices receive a salary which meets the minimum Apprenticeship rate of hourly pay for their age.

Fact - Apprenticeships are available in over 250 different roles and industries and this is growing all the time. At Oaklands we have a broad selection of Apprenticeships so we are confident we have a career waiting or you.

Fact - An Apprenticeship is the perfect way to enter the world of work and continue to gain qualifications in addition to valuable workplace skills and knowledge. Apprenticeships are a viable alternative to University.

Our campuses

We offer a variety of courses at our campuses, from picturesque parkland to close to the town centre locations

Apprenticeships at Oaklands

An apprenticeship means that you're getting a recognised qualification through a mix of practical and study elements. Apprenticeships vary not only on levels but they're also unique to each employer.