Most further education colleges offer college apprenticeships along with their other courses like A-levels, BTECs, NVQs and Foundation degrees. College apprenticeships match prospective apprentices up with employers looking to hire apprentices, and that specific college provides the theory learning side of the apprenticeship training.
With college apprenticeships, prospective apprentices apply direct to the college rather than to employers, which could potentially be less daunting if a young person hasn’t had much contact with employers in the past. An apprentice will usually spend a set number of days per week at further education college, and a set number of days per week at work, and in some cases colleges offer on-site training and assessment.
By doing an apprenticeship through FE college you are also sure to work through a programme which has been thoroughly vetted by the government’s regulator, and the college will deliver the additional skills and studies on top of your work placement, with experience of teaching vocational subjects as well as experience working with employers to deliver apprenticeships.
Pretty much all further education colleges offer Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships, as these have been around a while, but many now also offer the newer Higher Apprenticeships, which is equivalent to a higher education qualification.
While most further education colleges do offer apprenticeships the number and range of industries will vary, so it’s worth checking out a few further education colleges in your area to see what’s out there.
Make sure you check out the advice articles in our college apprenticeships section so you have all the knowledge you need to move forward with your education and training.