What are apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, which lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices are employed from the word go and receive a wage and support from a company that is committed to their development. Our training programmes can be delivered both in the workplace and at college.

Leeds City College apprentices can expect:

  • Excellent training at one of the best vocational colleges
  • A wage and supportive employer
  • Real experience and understanding of the industry they are working in
  • The opportunity to go on to university recognised industry-standard qualifications
  • Progression opportunities
  • Benefit from better wages long-term

Leeds City College has a wide and varied apprenticeship offer covering all industry sectors below.

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Creative Arts (Visual & Digital, Media & Performance Production)

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Digital & IT

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Sport Science & Exercise

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Marketing & Events

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Hair, Beauty & Media Make-up

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Animal Care

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Food & Drink

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Education & Teaching

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Health & Social Care – (Clinical and social)

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Child Care

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Motor Vehicle

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Law & Leadership

How do I apply?

Whether you have an idea of the industry in which you want to work, or whether you have no idea at all and want to know more about the apprenticeships out there, we can help. If you are currently employed and want to start an apprenticeship, we can help with that too.

Take a look at our vacancies.

See something you like? Great! Apply for the vacancy and one of our friendly members of staff will invite you to a virtual information session.

Following this session, one of our teaching staff will be in touch to arrange an interview.

If you are successful your details will be passed to the employer for consideration of an interview.

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What if I don’t know what I want to do?

If you don’t see anything that catches your eye, complete an enquiry form.

A member of our team will get in touch, you will be invited to the virtual information session.

Our team will signpost you to the live vacancies, we are here to help answer your questions.

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I’m in employment

Speak with your employer, if they are happy to support you through an apprenticeship progress to step 2:

Complete our enquiry form.

One of our Business Development Executives will contact your employer to explain how we can assist them in the process of setting up the apprenticeship.

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Levels of Apprenticeships

Intermediate apprenticeships

Intermediate apprenticeships are allocated to junior roles within a company. These apprenticeships teach candidates who are new to the industry the basic skills and knowledge required to progress within their chosen career path. Examples of job roles include admin assistant, junior hair stylist or commis chef.

Advanced apprenticeships

Advanced apprenticeships build on the skills and knowledge acquired from an intermediate apprenticeship. These apprenticeships begin to specialise the candidate’s knowledge of the industry and are suitable for those who have previously completed an apprenticeship or have been within their job role for some time. Examples of job roles include software developer, chef de partie or electrical engineer.

Higher apprenticeships

Higher apprenticeships are for those within senior roles within a company who want to develop their skills further to progress. These apprenticeships are the equivalent to completing a foundation degree or HND. Examples of job roles include apprentice teacher, lab technician or project manager.

Degree apprenticeships

Degree or master’s degree apprenticeships are for those who want to be a specialist within their field and hold a senior position within a company (such as senior management or technical specialist). These apprenticeships usually involve the undertaking of an under/postgraduate qualification. Examples of job roles include managing director, laboratory scientist or HE lecturer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16 whether they are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking a new career. Applicants need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.

Will I need to attend college?

Many of our apprenticeship qualifications are carried out completely in the workplace. Your assessor will visit your workplace and carry out assessments and learning on-site. 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 a specific apprenticeship, simply drop us an enquiry.

Do I get paid?

Yes, you will be given a contract of employment. All apprentices under the age of 19 and any apprentice (regardless of age) in their first year of their apprenticeship is paid a minimum wage. The minimum wage for an apprentice rises based on age and many employers pay more than the minimum wage. For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit gov.uk.

What are the minimum hours I can work on an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are usually a minimum of 30 hours per week to qualify for funding. There are some cases where this can be lower (e.g. for childcare). However, these would need to be discussed and agreed with the college prior to enrolment. You can speak to the team about this on 0113 284 6464.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

This will depend on the apprenticeship you want to complete. All of our apprenticeship course pages make it clear what the duration of the programme is, so please check these carefully.

Will employers just use me for the jobs they do not want to do?

No. You may start your apprenticeship completing basic tasks, but the whole point of your apprenticeship is to develop a well-rounded member of staff. So we will meet with your employer every 8 weeks to make sure that they are supporting your development.

Will I earn less money doing an apprenticeship rather than working full time?

The apprenticeship pays the national minimum wage. However, a number of employers offer more than this for their positions, as they want to attract quality candidates to their company. Every vacancy lists how much the wage is, so be sure to check these carefully to make sure that you are happy with how much the employer is offering.

Do I get annual leave?

Yes. You will have the exact same rights as any other full time employee of the company. You will need to read your contract when the company issues it to you to find out your terms of employment. This will include; sick pay, holiday, working hours, etc.

What do people enjoy most about being an apprentice?

The most enjoyable aspect for most of our apprentices is the work based experience that they gain whilst on the programme. For those used to theory led lessons they find it refreshing that the majority of the apprenticeship is practical training. They also like the fact that they are being paid for learning new skills!

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