Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are one of the options available to Year 11 students when they leave UCC.

Apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to;

  • learn on the job from experienced staff
  • gain job specific skills
  • earn a salary including holiday pay
  • gain a recognised qualification through day or block release to college

The Apprenticeship route can be an ideal alternative to full time education.  The amount of time you spend at college will depend on the type of apprenticeship you want to do and the occupational area it covers.  Some apprenticeships are completely work based.

All apprenticeships are real jobs.  Apprentices must be paid the National Minimum Wage which is currently £2.73 per hour.  In reality most employers will pay more than this.  The current average salary is £170 per week.

There are 3 levels of Apprenticeship each with an equivalent education level;

  • Intermediate    equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advance           equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher              equivalent to a Bachelor or Foundation degree

Having completed an Advanced Apprenticeship, A levels or BTEC equivalent qualifications students can progress on to Higher National Apprenticeships enabling them to gain a degree or equivalent qualification.

Higher National Apprenticeships are an alternative to the university route in to employment.  Through a Higher National Apprenticeship you could gain a Bachelor and in some cases a Masters Degree whilst working and have no student debt at the end of your study.  It has to be an option worth considering!  

However, it is certainly not a second rate option.  Employers who are prepared to invest in you and help you to gain this level of qualification are looking for applicants with the highest grades at A level or equivalent qualifications.

Not all careers can be accessed through apprenticeships.  Careers such as medicine will still require students to choose the traditional university degree route.  The range and quality of apprenticeships however is increasing.  There are now more than 250 different types of apprenticeship available covering 1,400 job roles.  At the time of writing this article in April 2015 there are 51 Apprenticeships within a 17 mile radius of UCC aimed at year 11 students.

How to find an Apprenticeship

  • The best place to start is by registering with the Government Apprenticeship website www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship  you can search for apprenticeships within a specific radius of your post code.  The greater the distance you are prepared to travel the more opportunities there will be for you to consider. 
  • Most Colleges offer Apprenticeships as well as full time courses.  Some advertise their vacancies on their college website.
  • Future Talent www.future-talent.com advertise apprenticeship vacancies
  • The majority of jobs are not advertised and are filled by word of mouth or speculative applications.  If there is an employer who you really would like to work for, or one that you know has taken on apprentices in the past, you can always send them a speculative application. This means sending them a copy of your CV and a covering letter. 
  • Use the internet employers have their own websites and, for some, this can be their main way of recruiting new staff. You can usually download application forms and information about jobs, or even apply online.
  • The apprenticeship noticeboard in school is kept up to date with the latest Apprenticeship vacancies.

What help is available in UCC

Rowena James the school Careers Adviser is available to see students for career interviews to discuss their future plans and the best options for them.

For students looking for an apprenticeship help is available with:

  • Apprenticeship job searching
  • CV Preparation
  • Completing Application forms
  • Interview skills

You can contact Mrs James your Careers Adviser by email, James_r@ucc.rutland.sch.uk 

Intermediate Business Admin Apprenticeship (Corby)

A.J.B. WOODWORKING LIMITED 

Busy woodwork company looking for a hard working apprentice to join their team.

  • Closing date: 20 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 28 Jul 2015

Level 2 Fork Lift Maintenance & Repair Apprentice (Corby)

Linde Material Handling (Uk) Limited 

Linde Material Handling is now recruiting for Apprentices across the UK to join the company as a Fork Lift Truck Technician. This is a 4 year programme whereby you will have on and off the job training to work towards achieving Level 2 & 3

  • Closing date: 24 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 06 Jul 2015

Engineering/Polymer Apprentice (Corby)

RPC Containers Ltd 

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to undertake a 4-5 year apprenticeship scheme to learn the skills and competencies associated with engineering and polymer technologies.

  • Closing date: 01 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Jul 2015

Fast Fit Apprenticeship (Corby)

National Tyres & Autocare 

If you've got a passion for cars or an interest in mechanics, our Apprenticeship Programme is one of the most tried and tested success stories within the motor industry.

  • Closing date: 05 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 06 Jul 2015

Engineering/Polymer Apprentice (Oakham)

RPC Containers Ltd 

We are seeking enthusiastic individuals to undertake a 4-5 year apprenticeship scheme to learn the skills and competencies associated with engineering and polymer technologies.

  • Closing date: 01 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Jul 2015

Apprentice- Retail (Corby)

Aldi Stores Ltd 

We see Apprentices as our managers of the future. They’re a fundamental part of our Store structure and once they’ve been trained, they’re incredibly valuable to the business. As well as great experience you will gain an NVQ Level 2 in Retail.

  • Closing date: 09 Sep 2015
  • Possible start date: 21 Sep 2015

Nursery Apprentice (Stamford)

Casterton Business & Enterprise College 

Nursery Apprentice required for a full day setting in Rutland. The Nursery takes children from 6 weeks to 4 years 11 months and is open for 52 weeks a year. You should be enthusiastic, self-motivate and passionate about working with young children.

  • Closing date: 28 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 31 Aug 201

Apprentice- Retail (Market Harborough)

Aldi Stores Ltd 

We see Apprentices as our managers of the future. They’re a fundamental part of our Store structure and once they’ve been trained, they’re incredibly valuable to the business. As well as great experience you will gain an NVQ Level 2 in Retail.

  • Closing date: 09 Sep 2015
  • Possible start date: 21 Sep 2015

Customer service apprenticeship (Market Harborough)

Specsavers 

This is a customer service role based within an eye care shop. You will be providing excellent customer service to all customers that come to the shop.

  • Closing date: 07 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 14 Jul 2015

Business Administrator Apprentice (Stamford)

New College Stamford 

Responsibilities Include, promoting and coordinating The National Careers Service provision within Stamford Job Centre Plus and to be the first point of contact for customers requiring information or advice.

  • Closing date: 03 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 07 Jul 2015

Business Adiminstration Apprenticeship (Stamford)

Connells 

This is a fantastic opportunity to start your Estate Agency career within Administration with a company based in Lincolnshire

  • Closing date: 27 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 20 Jul 2015

Apprentice Power Equipment Service Technician (Market Harborough)

Honda Institute 

The Successful candidate will be employed by a Honda Dealership and will be required to learn all aspects of the role of a Honda Lawn & Garden Service Technician as well as being required to attend block training at a Honda Centre of Excellence

  • Closing date: 29 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 06 Jul 2015

Hairdressing Apprentice (Stamford)

Asembo UK Ltd (Added 19 Mar 2015)

Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 2 lasting for two years in a contemporary busy salon.

  • Closing date: 31 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 03 Aug 2015

Apprentice Hairdresser (Rothwell)

John Newman 

A busy salon in Rothwell requires an enthusiastic Apprentice Hairdresser. The role will involve reception duties including greeting clients and answering the telephone, tea and coffee making, shampooing and general cleaning.

  • Closing date: in 7 days
  • Possible start date: 01 Jul 2015

Technical Apprentice (Kettering)

Cooney Marine International Ltd 

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a leading stainless steel engineering company for the international marine industry. The company are looking for an individual to join their highly skilled design team.

  • Closing date: 06 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 03 Aug 2015

Fabrication Apprentice

Cooney Marine International Ltd 

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a leading stainless steel engineering company for the international marine industry. The company are looking to train 3 motivated individuals to become a part of their highly specialist workforce.

  • Closing date: 06 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 03 Aug 2015  

Apprentice Plant Maintenance - Service Engineer (Melton Mowbray)

Watling JCB Ltd 

The role involves looking after machinery found on a construction site, including excavators, cranes, trucks etc. They ensure everything's running properly, and make repairs where necessary.

  • Closing date: 30 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Sep 2015

Apprentice- Retail (Kettering)

Aldi Stores Ltd 

We see Apprentices as our managers of the future. They’re a fundamental part of our Store structure and once they’ve been trained, they’re incredibly valuable to the business. As well as great experience you will gain an NVQ Level 2 in Retail.

  • Closing date: 09 Sep 2015
  • Possible start date: 21 Sep 2015

Apprentice Hydraulics Engineer (Oundle)

Poclain Hydraulics Ltd 

An excellent opportunity has become available for an individual to join a world leading specialist in hydrostatic transmissions.

  • Closing date: 29 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 06 Jul 2015

Apprentice IT Technician (Oundle)

United Learning Trust 

Skyrocket your career with this unique opportunity as an Apprentice IT Technician at United Learning. This is a superb entry-point for motivated people who want to make an impression and go further than just getting their foot in the door.

  • Closing date: 26 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Jul 2015

Chef Apprenticeship (Leicester) (Great Glen)

Spirit Pub Company (Services) Limited 

Do you dream of being a Chef and running your own great kitchen? Are you passionate about food and delivering excellent service? Are you looking to kick start your career in hospitality? If so we would love to hear from you.

  • Closing date: 01 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 15 Jul 2015

Advanced Apprenticeship in Veterinary Nursing

New Lodge Veterinary Centre Limited 

Rare opportunity for right candidate to be offered paid training position. Small dedicated team enabling hands on experience and caseload from day one Become a valued member of our team, where hard work, dedication & attention to detail will be rewarded.

  • Closing date: 31 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 31 Aug 2015

Buisness Administrator Apprenticeship (Melton)

Cottage Doors Gates & Floors Limited 

My client is looking for someone to join this company who are hard working and a confident candidate. You will be required to speak with clients/customers and follow rules and procedures on a daily basis.

  • Closing date: 21 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 28 Jul 2015

Nursery Assistant Apprentice

MELTON CARE SERVICES LIMITED 

This is a great opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience within childcare. you will be looking after children from the ages of 1 to 12 years old, you will also be running activities and helping out with planning activities.

  • Closing date: 21 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 28 Jul 2015

Business Administration Apprentice (Publishing) (Leicester)

B P G Media Ltd 

As a Publishing Apprentice, you will be providing administrative support within several operational areas of the company. This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious and enthusiastic person.

  • Closing date: 30 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 13 Jul 2015

Level 2 Fork Lift Maintenance & Repair Apprentice (Kettering)

Linde Material Handling (Uk) Limited 

Linde Material Handling is now recruiting for Apprentices across the UK to join the company as a Fork Lift Truck Technician. This is a 4 year programme whereby you will have on and off the job training to work towards achieving Level 2 & 3

  • Closing date: 24 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 06 Jul 2015

Hairdressing Apprentice (Mawsley Near Kettering)

Hair Artists Ltd 

Great opportunity to join the team at Punks and Pin Ups which is a modern, friendly salon based in the village location of Mawsley, Northamptonshire.

  • Closing date: 26 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 07 Jul 2015

Apprentice Pre-School Practitioner (Oadby)

Gingerbread 2 Nurery (Added 10 Apr 2015)

Assist in day-to-day running of the nursery.

  • Closing date: 30 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 07 Jul 2015

Intermediate Childcare Apprenticeship (Leicester)

Little Poppets Nursery 

Busy day nursery seeking hard working apprentice to work alongside the existing staff.

  • Closing date: 07 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 14 Jul 2015

Customer Service Intermediate Apprenticeship (Leicester)

University Hospitals Of Leicester Nhs

As a customer service apprentice, you will work at the front end of an employer’s business activities and regularly assist customers. Duties will vary, but in most cases you’ll be making sure that customers are dealt with in a positive manner

  • Closing date: 25 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 24 Aug 2015

Laboratory Technician - Advanced Apprentice (Leicester)

Saint-Gobain PAM UK Ltd 

Saint Gobain Pam are looking to recruit a hardworking Laboratory Technician. The apprentice will be required to test products at various stages.

  • Closing date: 04 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 26 Jul 2015

Intermediate Business Admin Apprenticeship (Leicester)

Clint Elliott Pulse Lighting

Busy retail store looking for a hard working apprentice to join their team.

  • Closing date: 02 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 10 Jul 2015

ATA Sports Apprenticeship (Leicester)

Impact Apprenticeships 

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Sport Apprentice for an enthusiastic and energetic individual to work within St. Michael and All Angels C.E. Primary School

  • Closing date: 30 Apr 2015
  • Possible start date: 13 Jul 2015

Advanced Apprenticeship in Building Services Engineering (Leicester)

Mellor Bromley 

The Building Services Engineer will be responsible for creating and maintaining a comfortable, energy-efficient and safe environment, while developing a thorough knowledge of providing the necessary essential building services.

  • Closing date: 06 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 27 Jul 2015

Advanced Apprenticeship in Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Construction Management or Design (Leicester)

Interserve Plc

The Interseve Construction Technical Apprenticeship Academy has been developed, in partnership with Stephenson College, to provide bespoke training to our Civil Engineers, Construction Managers and Quantity Surveyors of the future.

  • Closing date: 30 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 07 Sep 2015

Advanced Apprentice in Mechanical Engineering (Leicester)

Northvale Korting Limited (Added 14 Apr 2015)

This is a fantastic opportunity to train as a fitting and assembly engineer in an established Leicester based company that designs and manufacturers a range of diaphragm-operated control valves & Venturi equipment for over a quarter of a century.

  • Closing date: 30 Apr 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Sep 2015 

Intermediate Hospitality Apprenticeship (Leicester)

Santhi Restaurant (Added 25 Mar 2015)

Busy restaurant looking for a hard working apprentice to become a member of the team.

  • Closing date: 24 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Jul 2015

Nursery Assistant Apprenticeship (Leicester)

Dolls House Day Nursery 

Busy day nursery in the outskirts of Leicester seeking hard working apprentice to work alongside qualified staff.

  • Closing date: 07 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 14 Jul 2015

Bricklaying Apprentice (Leicester)

Persimmon Homes (North Midlands) Ltd 

The Apprentice will learn and acquire the skills necessary to become a competent Bricklayer, obtaining an all-round knowledge of the construction processes leading to the finished product

  • Closing date: 30 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Sep 2015

Plant Maintenance Apprenticeships (Leicester)

A-Plant 

The Plant maintenance Apprenticeship takes 3 years to complete, during which time you’ll combine ‘block-release’ courses at a specialist construction college in Cheshire with practical on-the-job training in our Service Centre workshops.

  • Closing date: 30 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Sep 2015

Apprentice Plant Mechanic (Leicester)

Gap Group Ltd 

Plant Mechanics work both on construction sites and in workshops. Their role is to repair and maintain the vehicles and machinery used on a building or construction project, making sure they run safely and operate to manufacturer's specifications.

  • Closing date: 30 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 31 Aug 2015 

Apprentice Plant Maintenance - Service Engineer (Leicester)

Watling JCB Ltd 

The role involves looking after machinery found on a construction site, including excavators, cranes, trucks etc. They ensure everything's running properly, and make repairs where necessary.

  • Closing date: 30 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Sep 2015

Apprentice Bricklayer (Leicester)

Barratt Homes 

Our award winning programmes span everything from construction trades, to engineering, design, buying and surveying roles. You'll gain a firm foundation of skills, experience and recognised qualifications - everything you need to build a rewarding career.

  • Closing date: 30 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Sep 2015  

Apprentice Carpenter and Joiner (Leicester)

Persimmon Homes (North Midlands) Ltd 

The Apprentice will learn and acquire the skills necessary to become a competent Carpenter, obtaining an all-round knowledge of the construction processes leading to the finished product.

  • Closing date: 30 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Sep 2015

Apprentice Water Utilities Operative (Leicester)

Laing O'Rourke 

Laing O'Rourke are looking to take on Apprentice Water Utilities Operatives in the Midland area. There are positions available at Derby, Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham.

  • Closing date: 30 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 30 Aug 2015

Apprentice Joiner (Leicester)

Barratt Homes 

Our award winning programmes span everything from construction trades, to engineering, design, buying and surveying roles. You'll gain a firm foundation of skills, experience and recognised qualifications - everything you need to build a rewarding career.

  • Closing date: 30 Jun 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Sep 2015

Nursery Assistant apprenticeship (Leicester)

Kiddycare Ltd 

An Apprentice Nursery Assistant is required to assist a team of qualified Nursery Nurses with the daily duties involved in caring for children.

  • Closing date: 07 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 14 Jul 2015

Advanced Childcare Apprenticeship (Leicester)

LITTLE ANGELZ DAY NURSERY LTD 

Busy day nursery looking for a hard working apprentice to join their team.

  • Closing date: 21 Jul 2015
  • Possible start date: 29 Jul 2015

Field Service Apprentice (Leicester)

Heidelberg Graphic Equipment Ltd. 

Operating throughout Heidelberg UK and reporting to the Field Service Manager, the Apprentice is responsible for providing written, verbal and practical support to internal and external customers, ensuring satisfaction with the Heidelberg product range.

  • Closing date: 08 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 01 Sep 2015

Data Entry Apprentice (Leicester)

University Hospitals Of Leicester 

To support the organisation, department and team in carrying out a range of duties efficiently. To provide excellent administration service and general support to the team.

  • Closing date: 25 May 2015
  • Possible start date: 24 Aug 2015

Intermediate retail apprenticeship (Leicester)

J C Sports 

Busy retail store seeking hard working apprenticeship.

  • Closing date: 07 Jul 2015
  • Possible Start date: 14 Jul 2015