An apprenticeship is a combination of employment and training (the apprentice obtains a nationally recognised qualification upon completion) for anyone above the age of 16. This is because employers train individuals within the context of their organisation, so apprentices contribute to the company’s productivity while developing their own skills and earning the national apprenticeship wage or above while doing so.
Apprenticeships are continuing through remote methods. If you have been unable to engage with these, please contact your apprenticeship tutor for guidance. Regarding end point assessments (EPA), we are working with EPA organisations to determine the process moving forward. Any enquiries around your EPA should go to your apprenticeship tutor.
What Is An Apprenticeship?
We’ve teamed up with Highbury College to offer an exciting range of apprenticeships in a wide variety of industries. From construction to engineering through to IT and the creative and digital sectors, we’re sure to have an apprenticeship that’s right for you.
To see our list of apprenticeship vacancies, please click here
Apprenticeships provide you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to fulfil a role in your chosen field, potentially leading on to full-time employment. In addition:
- You can earn while you learn – minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £3.70* per hour
- Gain a recognised qualification and experience in your chosen field
- Over 200 apprenticeships, across a wide range of industries, covering 1,200 job roles
- A full time role (30 hours per week), with 20% of your time spent in off-the-job training
- Local businesses are looking for apprentices to join their teams right now
- Great way to start your career and get your foot in the door of your chosen sector
The College currently offers Level 2, 3, 4 and 5 apprenticeships in:
- Accountancy (AAT)
- Business Administration
- Customer Service Practitioner
- Digital Marketing
- Early Years
- Hairdressing and Barbering
- Leadership and Management (CMI)
- Supporting Teaching and Learning
- Supporting the Delivery of PE and School Sport
CMI Level 5 Management and Leadership
Career aims: Once I complete my apprenticeship I would like to continue with self-development and am considering further education.
I began my apprenticeship with Portsmouth College in 2017, working at Estee Lauder in Petersfield.
My usual job role is Zone Manager; however, I was offered a secondment in Manufacturing Engineering for 6 months. This is great opportunity for me to gain more skills and knowledge in the cosmetics industry. I have applied my skills at my work place and feel very confident that I am making good progress at the company. My apprenticeship has also helped me to build a stronger professional network outside of work and meet people from different businesses.
Level 2 Supporting Teaching and Learning Assistant
Career aims: I hope that after I have completed my apprenticeship, I can progress in a teaching assistant position in the local area with the aim of becoming a qualified professional teacher in the future.
I am currently a Teaching Assistant at Newbridge Junior School and began my apprenticeship in September 2018 after studying Sport at Portsmouth College.
I knew that the College was a great environment to be in and that staff are really supportive of your future prospects. Apprenticeships had been introduced to me whilst I was studying, as a possible pathway for the future as I wasn’t keen on going to university. The specialised apprenticeship team helped me to find the right study programme for me. I’ve had a really positive experience as an apprentice. I’ve met new friends, learnt a range of skills and been well informed about training dates and deadlines well in advance so that I can manage my workload.