An apprenticeship with Suffolk New College will allow you to gain a nationally recognised qualification and develop valuable skills for the workplace. You’ll earn and learn on the job, giving you a strong foundation for a successful career.
Becoming an apprentice
If you’re ready to enter the world of work and gain qualifications that employers look for, you can get the best of both worlds with an Apprenticeship at Suffolk New College.
Whether you’re leaving school, already in employment or looking to start a new career, the College offers Apprenticeships in a wide range of industries, from Catering to Plumbing and Hairdressing to IT.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Apprentices are usually young people, but they can be anyone aged 16+.
- Apprentices work alongside experienced employees to learn specific skills.
- As an apprentice, you will receive extensive training (including training towards nationally recognised qualifications such as NVQs). You will also earn a salary and receive paid holiday.
The minimum apprenticeship wage applies to those aged 16-18 and those aged 19 or over in their first year. All other apprentices should be paid the national minimum wage for their age or more.
For the latest up-to-date minimum wage information, click here.
Many employers are keen to keep their apprentices at the end of their training and try to find appropriate positions for them when the apprenticeship ends. There is no guarantee of a job, but by completing your training, your chances of getting another job are much higher.
Depending on the level, the industry sector and the apprentice’s ability, your apprenticeship could take anywhere between one to four years to complete.
You will gain qualifications through college assignments and work assessments throughout your apprenticeship. Your Suffolk New College assessor will regularly meet with you and your manager to
- Create an Individual Learning Plan, including work experience and technical knowledge.
- Check on your progress on all aspects of the qualifications you are working towards
- Ensure your work experience supports your NVQ assignments
- Ensure your NVQ assignments are complete and submitted on time
- Visit our Apprenticeship Vacancies Page.
- Look on the National Apprenticeship website, where many vacancies are listed on the Find an Apprenticeship Service.
- Approach employers who may have vacancies.
These handy downloadable guides give you all the introductory information you need as a student, parent or employer to get to grips with apprenticeships.
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Contact the Apprenticeships Team
If you are interested in becoming an apprentice please call us on 01473 382600 or send us an email.