Get a step into the real world and start working and learning now. The Woolwich College, London is now offering new Apprenticeship opportunities so you can build key skills in order to direct you on a path to a successful career.

What is an apprenticeship?

Essentially, an apprenticeship is a job where you’ll spend 80% of the working week at a place of employment, and 20% at your place of study.

Apprenticeships are opportunities where you gain valuable experience working within an industry alongside a mentor who has years of industry experience who can support you throughout your job. An apprenticeship can also have qualification opportunities where you will work and gain a qualification throughout your program.

Gain vital workplace skills where you can further develop skills needed to boost your prospects for securing a future job. Apprenticeships are a respected pathway where they are recognised by employers of an individual having experience in the field of work making apprentices more likely to be employable.

You can apply for an apprenticeship by viewing opportunities available and registering your interest within the apprenticeships we offer.

Whilst on your apprenticeship, the College will provide you with a work placement. Through this you will be able to gain experience and knowledge in a real-world work environment. You will also need to study for at least 20% of the allocated working hours at College, and complete an assessment at the end of the apprenticeship.

Please note that in order to become an apprentice you must be over 16 years old and cannot already be in full time education. Existing qualifications may also be required depending on your chosen level of apprenticeship: The levels can vary between level 1 (which does not require any previous qualifications) to level 7 (which is equivalent to a bachelors or master’s degree).

Furthermore, each apprenticeship will have its own individual employer, so be aware that specific requirements may vary between workplaces. As such, prior to joining the apprenticeship, you will be contacted by the employer about the specifications of your job i.e. dress code, safety equipment, working hours, and transportation requirements.

A successful application may also require you to attend an interview, however this will depend on the type of employer and apprenticeship, and all skills and guidance needed to do well in the interview will be provided by TWC.

Are there any costs and what are the financial benefits?

Apprenticeships are all funded by either your employer of the chosen industry or the government meaning there will be no fees or loans involved. And you will receive a salary as well as valuable experience and expertise for your chosen field. The only costs incurred will be minor daily expenses, such as travel and lunch.

What will you earn?

Earnings will be dependent on the industry you are joining and the location you are working in. Rates of earning are also dependent on age. If you are between 16 and 18, and in the first year of your apprenticeship, then you will be entitled to the apprentice rate (which can be found here on the government website: Alternatively, if you're over the age of 19 and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship, then you will be entitled to the national minimum wage.

What are the progression opportunities?

There are vast opportunities for progression when undertaking an apprenticeship. Some apprenticeships provide educational progression where you can progress from an intermediate apprenticeship to a degree level qualification. You can progress further by acquiring greater training helping you progress to a greater job role.

When can you start an Apprenticeship?

They have a range of different start times throughout the year meaning new and exciting opportunities are always available however larger companies which offer apprenticeship opportunities will normally have key hiring periods, so checking regularly allows you to take the best opportunity.

What are the assessments and certificates?

Throughout your apprenticeship, regular assessments will be carried out in order to check you are achieving the appropriate level of knowledge, skills, and experience required.

Apprenticeships will also have an end-point assessment (EPA) which will be carried out by an independent organisation, also known as the End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO). This assessment is designed mainly for you to demonstrate the practical skills you have gained from the apprenticeship.

Once you have passed these assessments, you will receive a certificate to show that you have completed the apprenticeship successfully. Some apprenticeships also involve a specific qualification, which students on said apprenticeships, will receive at the end of the course.