Why choose an apprenticeship


Why Choose an Apprenticeship

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Who are Apprenticeships for?

If you want to get a head start in your career, an Apprenticeship is the ideal way for you to gain the industry experience employers are looking for, whilst earning a wage.

At Macclesfield College we offer a wide range of contemporary Apprenticeship programmes in a variety of industries.

Earn while you learn

As an apprentice, you will have the opportunity to embark on an exciting journey by becoming an integral part of a thriving company. Throughout your apprenticeship, you will immerse yourself in practical scenarios, gaining hands-on experience and honing your skills to become an expert in your chosen field. Simultaneously, you will engage in structured educational pursuits, studying towards a recognized qualification that will enhance your professional prospects.

Progression opportunities

90% of apprentices continue in employment after finishing their apprenticeship, with over a quarter of former apprentices receiving a promotion within 12 months of completing. Plus, those who complete an intermediate apprenticeship earn on average between £48,000 and £74,000 more over their lifetime than similar individuals with an equivalent qualification.

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Hear from our apprentices as to what it’s really like to study an apprenticeship here at Macclesfield College.

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If you would like to learn more about apprenticeships then get in touch with the apprenticeships team. 

Frequently asked questions
What is an apprenticeship?

A full-time job - all Apprentices are employed by a company where they will gain hands-on experience and expertise

Qualification – the apprentice will also study for a qualification at the same time as working. They may come into College once a week or they may study completely in the workplace.

Salary – An apprentice earns a salary.  Like any type of job role, the amount of money earned will depend on the employer.

What level of apprenticeship can I study and in what industry sector?

There are a wide range of apprenticeships for you to choose from starting at level 2 all the way up to level 6.

You can complete an apprenticeship in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Engineering
  • Health & Social Care
  • Childcare
  • Business
  • Human Resources
  • Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Finance
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Science
How much will I earn?

Like any type of job role, the amount of money you earn will depend on your employer. The minimum an employer must pay their apprentice is £3.90 per hour, however some employers are willing to pay considerably more for the right person.

How long does it take to complete my apprenticeship?

The length of an apprenticeship depends on the job you’re doing, your age and how much experience you have.

How is an apprenticeship programme delivered?

Apprenticeships can be delivered through a variety of methods including a blend of one-to-one support, online training, College workshops and self-directed study. We will work with you and your employer to develop an individualised learning plan that works for you.

How long will I study for my apprenticeship?

The length of your apprenticeship will depend on the job that you are doing, the standard that you are working towards and how much previous experience you have.

How many hours a week will I work?

To be recognised as an apprentice you must be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per-week.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

In order to apply you need to search for an Apprenticeship – a list of our current apprenticeship vacancies are listed here.

Once you have decided on the apprenticeship vacancy you would like to apply for you will need to register with the GOV.UK/apprenticeships.

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