Apprenticeships are an alternative way to study towards a professional qualification, and are a recognised vocational option for people who don’t enjoy an academic environment, or for subjects that are better taught in a hands-on way.
Nearly a million people take part in an apprenticeship each year, and at any one time there are usually more women than men studying in this way. Subjects range from motor mechanics to veterinary care, and are not limited to any one gender – if you are interested in a particular course, you are free to apply for it.
What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships have two main elements, including a teaching strand that covers basic skills and topics specific to the career you want to go into – engineering, housing, construction, animal care and so on. You can see our full list of subjects by looking around this website
On top of this, you also get placed into a work setting, with paid employment and on-the-job training from a local employer, and this helps to make your education more rounded while potentially leading to a more permanent role.
Who are apprenticeships available to?
In principle, anyone who feels let down by traditional schooling or who wants to improve their skills or enter a new career could be a good match for an apprenticeship or indeed if you are already employed and want to up-skill.
Traditionally, apprentices were school-leavers who chose to go onto education outside of the school environment. However, with the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, apprenticeships are now open to anyone who wishes to combine learning and work experience. At ProCo we have great opportunities available and in addition it is also a great way to up-skill with your current employer if you already have a job where you want to progress. All apprentices are employed for the duration of the apprenticeship and most employers will continue to employ you after the apprenticeship has been completed. The combination of teaching and workplace experience is a good way to combine both methods whilst working and earning a wage.
What is the qualification worth?
Our entry level apprenticeships are equivalent to a Level 2 NVQ, but you can continue on to a higher level too. The qualification can be used for eligibility for other forms of education, and in some cases people leave an apprenticeship and go on to university to study for an academic degree.
What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?
Apprentices are in paid employment and your training will include presentations, practical assessment and observation, rather than written exams – perfect if you don’t do well under exam conditions and for more practical, hands-on subjects.
They are widely recognised qualifications and give you personal experience as well as a certificate you can put on your CV, which together helps to make you an appealing prospect for future employers.
Available apprenticeship courses
As mentioned above, we have a large number of different apprenticeship courses available. On this website you can see them according to subject, but remember within each subject area we may also offer entry level and higher level courses, so it’s worth looking around the different pages.
How do I apply?
To offer you an apprenticeship, we need to interview you and give you sound advice as which apprenticeship is best for you. You can apply for any of our positions but the sooner you express an interest the sooner we can put everything into place for you to start.
In many cases we will have apprenticeships ‘ready to go’ with a set date to start, so give us a call if you’re interested in any of our apprenticeships, and we can give you all the details you need about when and how to embark on your apprenticeship.
For any other questions – such as eligibility for higher level courses or the specific apprenticeship we have – you can give us a call today.