Apprenticeships offer a fantastic opportunity to earn while you learn, and improve your job prospects. You spend one day in college and the rest of the week developing your practical skills and knowledge on the job. We have approximately 850 apprentices studying with us at any one time.
Around 500 employers support our programme in more than 20 different areas ranging from accounting, business administration and catering to engineering, gas fitting and horticulture.
We’ve put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions about Apprenticeships to help you with your decision.
Q: Do I get paid for doing an Apprenticeship?
A: Yes! An Apprenticeship is paid training, so you get a qualification at the same time as earning a wage. The minimum weekly salary for an Apprentice is around £130 a week, although some employers pay much more.
Q: Do employers value an Apprenticeship on my CV as much as other qualifications?
A: A recent study found that UK employers cited work experience as their top priority when hiring new candidates. An Apprenticeship shows that you’re not only qualified but also that you already have experience of doing the job you’re applying for - something that is invaluable.
Q: What does an Apprenticeship involve?
A: Every Apprenticeship is different but typically you’ll be employed by a company full-time (roughly 37.5 hours a week) and come into college on day release one day a week for your lessons.
Q: What subjects can I do an Apprenticeship in?
A: The list is endless. Here at The Sheffield College we currently offer Apprenticeships in over 30 different subjects. This ranges from Hair and Beauty to Catering, Engineering and Sport. You can find our full offer here, but we really do have something for everyone.
Q: How do I find an Apprenticeship?
A: Don’t worry, we have a team of experts who’ll help you to find the role you want and help you apply. You can find more information here, or get in touch with them today at firstname.lastname@example.org.