What is an apprenticeship?

About the course

We offer over 40 career paths to choose from, and our proven combination of on-the-job training and college study will give you and your chosen career a real boost. And what’s more, you’ll be paid for your efforts.

Earn as you learn

Apprenticeships are paid employment with training. It’s much the same as having a real job, and whether it’s engineering or hairdressing, you’ll work alongside experienced workers who will help you learn the ropes. You’ll also study at College towards recognised qualifications, which means that you’re getting the very best mix of practical and theoretical training.

What qualifications will I get?

Whilst on an apprenticeship you will develop and complete:

  • a competency based qualification (typically an NVQ)
  • a knowledge based qualification (typically a Certificate or Diploma)
  • functional skills in English, Maths and ICT (if applicable)
  • employment rights and responsibilities
  • personal learning and thinking Skills


You will be supported by your employer and the College typically spending four days per week in the workplace and one day in College for ‘off the job’ training, ensuring that your training fits your personal requirements and offers the skills needed for the job.

What does an apprenticeship cost?

Your apprenticeship won't cost you anything, because it's funded by the Government and the employer. In fact, you'll get paid a wage whilst training. As long as you’re 16 or over, have lived in the EU for 3 years and haven’t already got a degree, you’re eligible to apply.

Why choose us?

We specialise in providing apprenticeships. Unlike many smaller and private providers, we have a long and successful track record and have been providing apprenticeships for more than 50 years. As one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the country we have some of the best facilities and resources, with centres right across Bristol. Last year we placed over 1,800 individuals in successful apprenticeships. And we don't just provide the learning and qualifications. We support you all the way through your apprenticeship programme.

Business, Partnership and Enterprise team

Our team can provide information, advice and guidance on apprenticeships and tips. We will support you through the initial stages to help you find the right apprenticeship for you with the right employer. Once you have secured an employer for your apprenticeship, our team will support the transition to our curriculum delivery team, so you can get your training underway.



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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