Apprenticeships at Derby College

Apprenticeships are designed to give young people valuable qualifications, vital work experience – and a salary while studying.

In conjunction with your employer the Apprenticeships delivered through Derby College provide a work-based route to a skilled occupation, supported by on-the-job training.

The range of apprenticeship options Derby College can deliver, in conjunction with your employer, is constantly expanding.

Don’t have an Apprenticeship with an employer yet?

Don’t worry Derby College can help with that too. We advertise all the Apprenticeship vacancies, that employers have asked us to find suitable candidates for, on this page below or register on the Government website

As soon as you see a vacancy that interests you then apply online and the Derby College Apprentice Recruitment Team will take it from there.

Having trouble finding a suitable apprenticeship that’s just right for you?

Well why not enrol as a Full Time student at Derby College? Then once you find employment, as an Apprentice, we can transfer your course across. Not sure which course to enrol on? Our Work Based Delivery Team, within the relevant Curriculum Area, will be pleased to answer your enquiries and set you on the right path

Whether you’re an employer looking to upskill your workforce or an individual considering an apprenticeship, Derby College will support you all the way. We deliver apprenticeships in over 40 industrial sectors.     

Apprenticeships Fact File

Derby College provides an excellent learning experience to all students – enabling them to progress successfully to the next stage of their lives, be that further or higher education, the world of work or establishing a business start-up.

Responsible for developing talent for the future workforce of the world, Derby College will equip you with the skills, attitude and behaviours which employers expect in this challenging economic environment.

What are apprenticeships?

They are work-based training programmes designed to give young people valuable work experience while earning a wage. Apprentices gain the job-specific skills they need to carry out their role competently and to meet the needs of their employer.

They work alongside experienced staff to gain relevant skills on the job and attend College – usually for one day a week – working towards a recognised qualification and improving their Functional Skills.

Who are they for?

They are open to anyone over the age of 16 not already in full-time education – whether just leaving school, starting a fresh career or moving into a different role that requires new skills. Employers can use them to train new and existing employees alike.

How are they developed?

Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Councils, working with employers to develop course content that is relevant and up to date. The National Apprenticeship Service helps to fund the training.

How long do they take?

Our Intermediate Apprenticeships last 13-25 months and Advanced Apprenticeships last 12-48 months.

Where do they take place?

It is up to the employer. Most or all of the training is on the job in the workplace at times to suit the organisation. Most Derby College apprenticeships include a day a week of College-based learning.

What qualifications do they lead to?

Our apprentices gain a Level 2 or 3 NVQ, Functional Skills, and a Technical Certificate which shows they have industry-recognised skills.

What are Functional Skills?

All apprentices must develop Functional Skills that support them in their job, including Communication and Application of Number. They may also take other Functional Skills such as ICT, Working with Others and Problem Solving. Depending on the apprentice’s existing qualifications and experience, they could be exempt from some of these.

What are the apprenticeship levels?

  1. Intermediate Apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE passes). The apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
  2. Advanced Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A-level passes). Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate. To start this programme, apprentices should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship.
  3. Higher Apprenticeships. Higher apprentices work towards workbased learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a qualification like a Foundation Degree.

What does the College contribute?

A dedicated College representative works closely with employers to:

  • help them decide which apprenticeship is right for them
  • explain how apprenticeships might help them and if funding is available
  • agree a training plan with the apprentice
  • help recruit an apprentice or support existing staff into apprenticeships
  • manage the training and evaluation to nationally recognised quality standards.

What does an employer contribute?

As well as a minimum of 30 hours a week employment, the employer must give the apprentice clear terms and conditions of employment and an induction into their role. Derby College can give advice on such issues. Employers are also responsible for paying apprentices’ wages, based on the National Minimum Training Allowance.

Is there help with funding?

Government funding is available to cover the costs of apprenticeship training and assessment. An employer contribution may be required depending on the age of the apprentice and the size of company. There may be additional funding incentives or grants available for recruiting apprentices and our business development consultants can advise you on these and guide you through the recruitment process.

Is there help with recruitment?

Derby College offers a free recruitment service matching the right candidate with the right apprenticeship vacancy.

How do I find out more?

Call 0800 028 0289

Download Apprenticeship Brochure

When you are accepted onto an Apprenticeship with an employer you will:

  • Earn a Salary
  • Receive Training
  • Learn Job Specific Skills
  • Get Paid Holidays
  • Gain Qualifications


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