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As an apprentice, you will get the best of both worlds: the ability to earn while you learn.

As an apprentice, you will get the best of both worlds: the ability to earn while you learn.

Are you an employer interested in hiring an apprentice? Find out more here.

An apprenticeship might be the right route for you if you want to:

  • Earn money in a real job
  • Learn more in real life and less in a classroom
  • Work with top brands to get ahead
  • Boost your CV and career

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine a paid job and training at work, often enhanced by studying at college.

As an apprentice, you will work for, and be paid by, an employer. You may spend one or two days a week at college, learning extra skills including English, maths and IT. Or you may learn entirely in the workplace, with our dedicated assessors visiting you on site to see how you’re getting on.

Programmes usually last for between one to two years and offer a direct route into employment, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills.

Businesses value apprentices so much that the government has agreed to create another 200,000 opportunities by 2020. Industry knows that apprenticeships are a win-win for the economy and individual learners.

Why Activate Learning?

We are the leading apprenticeship partner in the region. We have a dedicated team, Activate Apprenticeships, whose sole focus is supporting a pipeline of 16,000 apprentices and matching them with more than 1,250 potential employers.

We offer apprenticeships with employers of all sizes, including some of the biggest brands in the country: BMW, Decathlon, Merlin Entertainments Group, Miele, and Halfords.

We work in a three-way partnership with you, us, and employers to plan out the best career pathway for you. This is based on the employer’s needs, their job role and your previous qualifications and experience. We will give you practical steps you can take to achieve your potential in the short, mid and long term.

We also promise to adapt our teaching to match the way you learn, by applying our Learning Philosophy.

Discover all the benefits of studying with Activate Learning here.

How it works

Gaining practical experience in the workplace is at the heart of apprenticeships, so your first step is to get a job.

We can help you to find one, or implement an apprenticeship programme if you’re already in work.

The first step is to get an apprenticeship.

We help to deliver apprenticeships across 12 key sectors:

  • Automotive (including motorsport and classic car restoration)
  • Business (including leadership)
  • Childcare
  • Construction (including civil engineering)
  • Cycles
  • Education (including early years)
  • Engineering (including cycle maintenance)
  • Furniture
  • Hair and Beauty Therapy
  • Health and Social Care
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Land-based

You can choose from several different types of apprenticeships, depending on your personal circumstances and goals:

Are you up for it?

If you’re interested in an apprenticeship but can’t decide if it’s right for you, register your interest with Activate Apprenticeships here.

If you’re ready to take on the exciting challenge of an apprenticeship, apply here for an opportunity.

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