19+ Adult Apprenticeships

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 and Automotive. Altogether we have over 20 different apprenticeships on offer at the College and we have success rates above the national average. We may have the right option for you!

  • What is an apprenticeship?

    Apprenticeships aren't just for young people – even if you’ve been employed for some time, if you don’t have many qualifications, you may be eligible for an Apprenticeship Training Programme.

    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. Visit to find out more.

    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 comprise of the following areas:

    1. Knowledge Element - A Technical Certificate awarded by an accredited body such as City and Guilds which covers the theory side of your work and is usually delivered by attending college one day per week.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 and Technology qualification may also be required depending on your programme.
    4. 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:

    • 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).
    • Advanced Apprenticeship – Level 3 – Provides more technical skills and training and normally involves a supervisory role within the workplace.
  • How is an apprenticeship different to a full time course?

    You have to be 19 or over and in employment to study an Adult Apprenticeship 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.

    If you are aged 19 or over and studying a Level 2 or Level 3 Apprenticeship, your employer will have to be willing to contribute as the Government will only fund part of the costs of your training – this is currently between £65 - £95 depending on the type of Apprenticeship you wish to complete.

  • Who can complete an Adult Apprenticeship?

    You must:

    • Be aged 19 or over at the start of the programme.
    • Have been living in the UK/EU for three years before you start your apprenticeship.
    • Meet the entry requirements for the Apprenticeship 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 employ you as an Apprentice for no less than 30 hours a week.
  • How do I find an employer?

    If you do not already have an employer, you will need to find someone willing to employ you. 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.

  • The next step...

    If you are interested in joining an Apprenticeship Programme, then the next step is to apply online, or come into the college and apply.

    To view and apply for Apprenticeship job vacancies, visit the apprenticeships website

    For more information telephone the Apprenticeship hotline on 01392 400400 or email us at

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