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Apprenticeships overview

If you are interested in studying an apprenticeship then please contact our sister organisation, County Training. They are the largest provider of work-based training in Shropshire, with six bases across the county, including Ludlow.

Tel: 0345 6789023

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships have been developed in conjunction with employers as a means of training and developing people in the career of their choice. They provide the foundation on which to develop a range of options for the future. They can also be used as a stepping-stone to further or higher education.

Apprenticeships operate at three levels:

  • Intermediate  (Level 2)
  • Advanced  (Level 3)
  • Higher  (Level 4)

Apprenticeships Standards includes the following:

  • A practical diploma at the appropriate level (included in some Standards)
  • An End Point Assessment
  • Literacy and numeracy qualifications at either Level 1 or Level 2
  • Additional qualifications specified by each industry

Features include:

  • All apprentices must be employed
  • Nationally recognised qualifications and certification on completion of the apprenticeship
  • An assessor, who will give guidance, support and provide continuity throughout the course
  • Improved career prospects and job security
  • A course which can be used as a stepping stone to college, university or other learning opportunities

Apprenticeships Available (All 1 - 2 years)

  • IT & Computing (Level 3)Production Chef (Level 2)
  • Business Administration (Level 3)
  • Customer Service (Level 2 or 3)
  • Team Leading and Management (Level 3 or 5)
  • Health & Social Care (Level 2, 3, 4 or 5)
  • Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools (Level 3)
  • Children & Young Peoples Workforce (Level 2 or 3)
  • Residential Childcare (Level 4 or 5)
  • Agriculture (Level 2)
  • Countryside Worker (Level 2)
  • Horticulture (Level 2)
  • Autocare (Level 2)
  • Hairdressing and Barbering (Level 2)
  • Warehouse (Level 2)

How will the training take place?

The majority of training will take place in the workplace. Apprentices may be required to attend college either as day-release or sometimes as block release, depending on the occupational area selected. Assessment will often be carried out by completing tasks in the workplace. If you require Maths and English training the sessions will take place at college and will be arranged by your assessor.

Benefits to the Apprentice

An obvious benefit is the opportunity to earn while learning but, more importantly, an apprenticeship develops skills for a successful career.

Benefits to the Employer

Employers gain by being able to train people to meet the needs of the business. An apprentice’s enthusiasm can bring positive benefits to other members of staff and the knowledge they gain is frequently used to the benefit of the business.

To find out more about apprenticeships:

Phone: 0345 6789023 | Email: