Exeter College has over 25 years experience in training Apprentices and offer one
of the broadest range of apprenticeships in the South West, including Catering,
Hairdressing, Construction, Engineering, Hospitality, Health and Social Care,
Automotive and Technical Theatre. Altogether we have over 20 different
apprenticeships on offer at the College and we have success rates above the
national average, making us confident that we have the right option for you!
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You will work full-time with a local employer gaining on the job skills and
experience and earn a wage for the work you are doing – the minimum wage for an
Apprentice varies, depending on your age.
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about minimum wages
On most Apprenticeship programmes, you will attend College for one day a week
over 12 – 18 months, depending on the vocational area that you want to work
within and the level of the programme that you are studing.
Each apprenticeship comprises of the following areas:
- Knowledge Element - A Technical Certificate awarded by an accredited body such
as City & Guilds which covers the theory side of your work and is usually
delivered by attending college one day per week;
- Competence Element – A National Vocational Qualification which demonstrates that
you can carry out the skills required by your job, assessed directly within the
workplace by an Exeter College Skills Officer.
- Functional Skills (English & Maths) If you don’t already hold Maths and English
qualifications at the level required by your Apprenticeship, you will study
these as part of your off the job training at the college. An Information &
Technology qualification may also be required depending on your programme.
- Transferable Skills Your programme will also include training to help you
develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and your rights as an
Employee within the workplace (ERR).
You must complete all the different areas shown above to successfully complete
your apprenticeship training.
There are two main levels of apprenticeship:
- Intermediate Apprenticeship –Level 2 - Provides foundation skills to become a
professional within your chosen area of work;
- Advanced Apprenticeship – Level 3 – Provides more technical skills and training
and normally involves a supervisory role within the workplace.
You will be employed and working at least 30 hours per week, and the majority of
your learning will take place in the workplace with ‘off-the-job’ underpinning
knowledge delivered at college.
What will the training cost me and my employer?
If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your Apprenticeship Training
Programme, there is no charge to you or your employer as the college will claim
the funding for the cost of your programme directly from the Government.
- Be over 16 at the start of the programme
- Have been living in the UK/EU for three years before you start your
- Have completed year 11 at school and not already be on a full time course
- Meet the entry requirements for the Apprenticeships chosen (this is assessed as
part of the interview process and will ensure that you have the ability and
aptitude to complete the programme at the level required).
- Have an employer who will pay you as an apprentice and offer you no less than 30
hours a week work
If you are 24 or over and applying for an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship, you
may be eligible for a government backed 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to pay for
your course fee. Click here for more
If you do not already have an employer, you will need to find someone willing to
employ you. The hardest part of securing an apprenticeship is finding an
employer. As part of your interview session at the College we will provide you
with a Jobseekers Booklet to give you all the information that you need on
writing a CV, completing job applications and preparing for an interview, so
that you have all the tools that you need to go out and secure a job. You will
also liaise directly with a dedicated Skills Recruiter who will support you in
the process of looking for an employer.