Apprenticeships are designed by employers to reflect the current market and industry needs. They offer a structured programme which provides your Apprentice with the skills needed to do the job well. They will work towards their Apprenticeship qualification by studying technical skills and carrying out practical assessments.
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone aged over 16 years and not in full-time education can apply.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level, the Apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. Apprentices are paid minimum wage however many apprentices earn significantly more.
Level 4 HNC in Engineering at Farmers Boy Ltd
“Since I left school I’ve had a variety of jobs but none of them were particularly interesting and I felt I wasn’t really going anywhere. Six years ago I managed to get a job at Farmers Boy Ltd. on the production line and, over the next four years, I worked my way up to be a production line supervisor. My job was to set up the line for the production run, conduct safety checks and supervise the workers on the line. An opportunity then came up for an Apprenticeship and, despite thinking I was too old at 26 years of age, I applied and was successful. “I’ve followed the Level 3 Performing Engineering Operations course for the first two years of the Apprenticeship and I am now on the Level 4 HNC in Engineering which I will study on a day-release basis at the College for the next two years. The role is different to what I am used to and is more focussed on proactive maintenance of the machines on the production line to ensure the line continues running. The Apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to take extra courses and I have recently gained a qualification in Fork Lift Truck Driving and will be studying the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations course. At the start of this academic year, I was awarded Most Improved Student/Apprentice 2017 by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, which was a big surprise. “I’m really enjoying what I’m doing and without the support of my employer and line manager I wouldn’t have this opportunity to start a career that I really enjoy. When I compete my Apprenticeship in two years I will become part of the Engineering Maintenance Team as a