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Apprenticeships with DCG

WHY BECOME AN APPRENTICE?

  • It’s a sure way of getting into the workforce
  • Earn while you learn
  • Learn about a business from the bottom up while you develop your skills
  • Fast track your career
  • Move up the ladder more quickly than a graduate – without any university debt

WHO ARE APPRENTICESHIPS SUITED TO?

Check out apprenticeships if you:

  • Are seeking an alternative to university
  • Want to kick start your career right now – in a real job with a real employer
  • Prefer a hands-on approach to learning
  • Are keen to gain work experience and industry knowledge
  • Would like to transfer from a full-time course to an apprenticeship

HOW DO APPRENTICESHIPS WORK?

As an apprentice you will:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Gain job specific skills Earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • Study towards a related qualification (usually for one day a week)

Your employer will:

  • Employ you in a dedicated role
  • Pay your wages
  • Provide on-the-job training
  • Assign you to a work mentor who will support you as an apprentice
  • Work closely with your training provider

Derby College Group (DCG) will:

  • Help you find a suitable job
  • Coach and mentor you
  • See if you’re entitled to funding to help pay for some or all of your course fees
  • Provide classroom and work-based training
  • Support you with study skills to help you qualify
  • Deliver your assessment and qualifications

DCG Apprenticeship Vacancies

We support apprentices in the following sectors:

  • Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care
  • Business, Customer Service, Leadership and Management
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
  • Digital Marketing and Software Development
  • Education and Training
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Health and Social Care
  • Sport

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.

RB Nottingham Apprentice Video

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stage tomorrow at the factory or Main

Street they are quickly realized at the

processes and machines that are be used

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engineering as well as demonstrating

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varied manufacturing and packaging

processes

I believe these different processes

would give me mortal skills for career

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operations course which always developed

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electrical installation a fabrication

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release basis

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of these three years we will also

complete a level three MV q which

consists of drop reports showing our

competency after complete our four year

friendship we have the opportunity to

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a foundation degree in electrical

mechanical or manufacturing engineering

which will give us a bachelor’s degree

in engineering throughout our time as an

apprentice to be a monthly review

meetings without department manager and

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group with all of apprentices we are

also allocated a volunteer mentor who

can speak to us for guidance if we ever

buy so whilst in the factory that the

opportunity we experienced six different

placements over three years promises

supply chain factory from site services

through manufacturing and into packing

as well as other areas of the business

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trip which gives me a wide variety of

different experiences of engineering

skills to develop this involves a

frequently planned of maintenance tasks

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complete and risk attack risk

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job following the completion of my

apprenticeship a shift at position would

be hopefully my permanent role as I’ll

be able to stay on the tools and make an

impact on the business by keeping the

factory running correlate is part of my

placement our controls technician parts

of the controls and instrumentation team

morale in the factory is complete

calibration work Norma Shearer and

equipment to the short is running and

functioning as intended my work range is

all around a factory from the press

machines validation on the objects

bottle wash line and the current checks

on equipment my work means that I come

into contact with different types of

engineering skills with different types

of equipment both electrical and

mechanical show me a broad spectrum of

engineering on completion on my air

pressure ship I’m hoping to hold a role

that enables me to work on a factory

floor so that made directly involved

with hands-on engineering activities my

current placement is insight services

this department is essentially

responsible to the smooth running of the

factory that I was included in supply

and extract we document utilities like

steam water electricity the general

upkeep of the factories like doors our

lives my day-to-day activities include

carrying out plan maintenance on a

weekly monthly and yearly basis we also

respond to breakdowns of repair requests

another aspect of the jobs looking after

contractors and issuing documentation

such as a such as authorities work and

permits work

this placement allows me to get hands-on

experience on a wide range of machinery

and systems

I believe this gives me valuable skills

and knowledge I wouldn’t necessarily get

in the classroom I’m also working with a

hardened steel team from different

backgrounds it’s brilliant for an

apprentice point of view they’re more

than happy to impart that knowledge and

often no tips and tricks and made a job

easier as I come towards the end of my

apprenticeship like get some experience

with manufacturing and control and

Instrumentation as a field was have

around off my understanding the

factory’s processes make me a better

engineer the apprentice program also

offers a degree pathway which strongly

appeals to me wanted to market on and as

I’ll have several years of experience

and a degree hopefully I can give backs

company by using the skills and theory

I’ve learned and progress in my career

as a highly skilled and competent

engineer so far I feel I’ve benefited

from our apprenticeship in many ways I

thoroughly enjoyed each aspect I hope to

continue developing throughout the solid

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benefited me along the way this

apprenticeship has been really enjoyable

it’ll carry out maintenance go into

college or just having laugh at my team

although it’s been challenging at times

always thought I’m on the right path my

privilege to call myself an RB employee

I have over the moon that shows that

I’ll be is my friendship I believe the

very much of machinery on site means a

wide range of skills can be learned my

pairs of employees all friendly and very

helpful which means I want to come to

work and I enjoy being here which means

I can progress further as an engineer

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Apprenticeship – Course Listings

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Agriculture

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Animal Care

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Arboriculture

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Beauty

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Beauty

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management

Location: Distance Learning
Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Business, Leadership and Management

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Childcare

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Childcare

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Childcare

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Conservation and Countryside

Location: Hudson Building
Subject Area: Construction - Brickwork

Location: Hudson Building
Subject Area: Construction - Brickwork

Location: Hudson Building
Subject Area: Construction - Carpentry

Location: Hudson Building
Subject Area: Construction - Carpentry

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Construction - Electrical Installation

Location: Hudson Building
Subject Area: Construction - Painting and Decorating

Location: Hudson Building
Subject Area: Construction - Plastering

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Construction - Plumbing and Gas Training

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Construction - Plumbing and Gas Training

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: Ilkeston
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: Ilkeston
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: Ilkeston
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Engineering

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Equine

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Equine

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Floristry

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Games Design and Esports

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Hair

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Health

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Health

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Health

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Health

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Health

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Health

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Health

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Horticulture

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Horticulture

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Hospitality and Catering

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Hospitality and Catering

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Hospitality and Catering

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Hospitality and Catering

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Hospitality and Catering

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Hospitality and Catering

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Hospitality and Catering

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Hospitality and Catering

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Hospitality and Catering

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: IT, Digital Skills and Computer Science

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: IT, Digital Skills and Computer Science

Location: Distance Learning
Subject Area: IT, Digital Skills and Computer Science

Location: Johnson Building
Subject Area: Motor Vehicle

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Professional Construction

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Professional Construction

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Professional Construction

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Professional Construction

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Professional Construction

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Professional Construction

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Professional Construction

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Professional Construction

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Professional Construction

Location: Offsite
Subject Area: Retail

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Retail

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Sport

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Sport

Location: Workplace
Subject Area: Sport

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Teacher Training, Coaching and Mentoring

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Teacher Training, Coaching and Mentoring

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Teacher Training, Coaching and Mentoring

Location: The Roundhouse
Subject Area: Teacher Training, Coaching and Mentoring

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Apprenticeship – Success Stories

Ed Smith

Apprenticeship

Ed Smith wearing Tomlinson PPE and hard hat on a building site

Tiarna Powell

Apprenticeship

Tiarna Powell wearing a hi-vis vest and holding a hard hat and steel toe-capped boots

Clive Sayers

Apprenticeship

Clive Sayers holding a helmet outside of Derby City Council Hall

Patrick O’Conner

Apprenticeship

Patrick OConner at IDT

Carys Hughes

Apprenticeship

Carys Hughes

Jamie Juffs

Apprenticeship

Jamie Juffs working in Broomfield Gardens

Archie Wensley

Apprenticeship

Archie Wensley with a calf

Luby Sisson

Apprenticeship

Luby Sisson wearing her Moy Park uniform

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Come and Talk to DCG

DCG has great connections with local employers and we offer our own apprenticeship matching service. We can assist you to find a suitable apprenticeship vacancy and support you when you apply for the position. For more information on how we can help, contact us on apprenticeships@derby-college.ac.uk

If you are an employer, please visit our employer apprenticeship page