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“Darlington College were very supportive and gave good advice which helped me pass my level 3 apprenticeship successfully. I believe both Cummins and Darlington College have given me a great head start in the world of work.”

–       Rebecca Watson , Business & Administration Level 3

Who is eligible to become an Apprentice?

Anyone in England aged 16 years old and above, whether employed, unemployed or leaving school. There is no upper age limit.

If you are already employed please contact the Apprenticeship Team on 01325 503210 to discuss opportunities.

How do I apply?

Use the National Apprenticeship Service website to find a local Apprenticeship vacancy www.apprenticeships.org.uk or Call our team on 01325 503210 to learn more.

What if I can’t find a job or Apprenticeship vacancy?

The National Apprenticeship Matching Service is available to help candidates find Apprenticeship vacancies. Although the service cannot guarantee finding you a vacancy, the chances of success are greatly increased.

How much will I earn?

If you are under 19 you must be paid at least the Apprenticeship minimum wage of £3.40 an hour, however many employers pay more than this and the average weekly wage is £200.

If you are 19 after completing the first year of your Apprenticeship, you must be paid at least the full National Minimum Wage.

What vocations can I train in?

At Darlington College we offer Apprenticeship courses in more than 20 professions. For a full list of our Apprenticeship courses, please visit the Apprenticeship courses section.

How many days will I work each week?

Apprentices usually work between 30 and 40 hours a week. This includes training time at the college and on the job.

The amount of time you spend learning at college depends on the type of Apprenticeship. Generally you will spend one day at college and four days in the workplace. You are paid for all the time you spend training.

What types of Apprenticeship are available?

There are three levels of Apprenticeship:

  • Level 2: Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (equivalent to five A* GCSEs)
  • Level 3: Advanced Level Apprenticeship (equivalent to two A-Levels)
  • Level 4: Higher Apprenticeship (Foundation degree level) 

Do I get holidays as an Apprentice?

Yes, you are entitled to the same rights and benefits as regular full-time employees.

Go for it! If you’re ready for the challenge of an Apprenticeship, complete the online application form or contact the Course and Information Team on 01325 503030 for more information.

 

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