What is an Apprenticeship?
Simply put an Apprenticeship is a job with a work-based training programme bolted on (usually for a minimum of 12 months), but realistically they are so much more than that. Apprenticeships are about getting ahead in your career and developing key work skills alongside academic knowledge.
Apprenticeships are pathways not just into careers but also to progress within them and are fastly becoming recognised as an attractive alternative to traditional education.
Am I Eligible for an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years-old whether just leaving school, been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. Applicants need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.
What can I do an Apprenticeship in?
As a large Apprenticeship provider we offer a huge range of different programmes across a broad range of subjects. You can see our range of Apprenticeships here.
Will I need to Attend College?
Many of our Apprenticeship qualifications are carried out completely in the workplace. Your assessor will visit at your workplace and carry out assessments and learning on site. However, some courses do require you to attend college. This is normally on a day release or block basis. If you want to find out more about the Apprenticeship you are interested in simply drop us an enquiry.
Do I get Paid?
Yes. You will be given a contract of employment by your employer and will be paid at a minimum level of £3.50ph if you are under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of your apprenticeship. Thereafter, if you are aged 19 or over the national minimum wage for your age applies. However, many employers pay more than this and the average Apprenticeship wage is £140-170 per week.
Finding an Employer
You have 2 options. You can find a job yourself. Many of our apprentices come to us after having found a local employer that wants to employ them as an apprentice. If you do this, simply let us know the details and we will contact the employer and takeover from there to get you into your Apprenticeship as quickly as possible.
Alternatively we may able to find a role for you with our matching service or through our Vacancy site.
Leeds City College does have its own recruitment service that handles Apprenticeship jobs and placements. We will assess and interview you for suitable roles and recommend you to employers if you pass our process. If you decide to use our recruitment service it is still recommended that you also try to look for a job yourself.
How do I Apply?
There are 2 ways to start your Apprenticeship journey with us. The first is by choosing an Apprenticeship from our list of Apprenticeship programmes, when clicked on, each of our Apprenticeships has an "apply here" at the top of the page. It is worth remembering once you've followed the instructions, completed and submitted your application that we (or you) will still need to find a suitable employer before you can start. If you are still in full time education then you can apply like this before you finish your course or exams.
The other way (if you are job ready) is to apply directly to our current Apprenticeship vacancies. These are employers looking to hire an apprentice right now and you can apply directly online.
Information Sessions & Pre-Selection Interviews
Whether you Choose an Apprenticeship or Apply to a Vacancy at some point you'll need to come into college so we can progress your application further. These sessions are not only necessary before the final application phase but they're also a great opportunity to get support with things like Interview Techniques and CV Writing which increase your chances of getting your perfect Apprenticeship job.
If you've already been invited to an information session or pre-selection interview and have any queries or need to rearrange email firstname.lastname@example.org