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Got questions about becoming a Derby College apprentice? Our Apprenticeships FAQ for Learners has all the information you need.


What are apprenticeships?


Apprenticeships are work-based learning programmes designed to give young people valuable work experience job-specific skills while earning a wage.


Apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain relevant skills and spend one day a week at College working towards a recognised qualification and functional key skills.

Who are apprenticeships for?


Apprenticeships are open to everyone over the age of 16 who are not already in full-time education.

What are the benefits of becoming an apprentice?


The main benefit of an apprenticeship is that you earn a wage while learning valuable skills. The key advantages of an apprenticeship are:

  • Earning a salary
  • Getting paid holidays
  • Gaining real-life work experience
  • Receiving training
  • Working towards recognised qualifications
  • Learning job-specific skills

How long do apprenticeships take?


Apprenticeships can take between one and four years, depending on the industry and qualification you are working towards. Apprenticeships at Derby College vary between 13 and 25 months for an Intermediate Apprenticeship and 12 to 48 months for an Advanced Apprenticeship.

Where do apprenticeships take place?


This is up to the employer. The majority - or sometimes all - of the training takes place in the workplace.


Most Derby College apprenticeships include one day a week of College-based learning.

What qualifications do apprenticeships lead to?


Derby College apprentices earn an NVQ Level 2 or 3, plus Key Skills and a Technical Certificate that shows you have vital industry-recognised skills.

What are the different levels of apprenticeship?


There are three levels of apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:

  1. Intermediate Apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE passes). Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification (such as a Technical Certificate). These provide the skills for a chosen career and also allow entry to:
    2.    Advanced Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A-level passes). Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate.
    To start this programme, students should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an apprenticeship.
    3.    Higher Apprenticeships. Higher apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

What are the entry requirements?


Entry requirements vary between different subject areas and study levels.


The main requirement is that you are genuinely interested in the industry you want to work in and are committed to completing your training.


You may need to sit an assessment before starting a Derby College apprenticeship and/or an interview with an employer.

Do I need to find a job before I can start an apprenticeship?


Derby College has a list of apprentice vacancies currently available. However, vacancies are not always available across all subject areas. Our Apprenticeships Team can help you find a placement you are interested in.


Take a look at the industries we currently offer apprenticeships in to help you decide which sector is best for you.


If we do not have a vacancy in the area you are interested in, our Apprenticeship Team can help you register your details with the national apprenticeship matching service to help you find a placement.

What can apprentices do in the future?


Apprentices can progress to higher education, including university degrees.

Still have questions?


You can contact our Apprenticeships Team for more advice and guidance.


The National Apprenticeship Service website is also full of tips and guidance on applying for apprenticeships.

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