Taking on an apprentice
An apprenticeship is a mixture of work-based learning and study for people aged 16 and upwards.
For the apprentice, apprenticeships are an opportunity to enter into an industry, earn a nationally-recognised qualification, and gain the skills and knowledge that businesses are looking for.
For businesses, apprenticeships are the perfect way to recruit new employees, upskill or retrain your current staff, and develop a skilled workforce tailored to the needs of your business.
Weston College works with over 2,500 businesses and organisations across the country to deliver apprenticeships, which means we recognise and understand your business needs when it comes to assisting your company’s recruitment and training.
97% of the businesses we work with say that they are satisfied with employing a Weston College apprentice, and 90% of our apprentices are offered permanent positions by their employers at the end of their training.
The benefits of employing an apprentice
You can reduce recruitment and training costs for your business.
Recruiting your apprentice will in most cases be done for free by our specialist recruitment team. You’ll be able to specify the type of person you’re interested in recruiting and the skills they should have, and we’ll match your needs with candidates who are interested in working within your business. Find out more about employing your first apprentice below…
Develop your own skilled and qualified workforce.
You’ll be able to have a direct input into the way your workforce is trained and the skills and qualifications they have. Through apprenticeships, we can train your ideal employee to your specific requirements from GCSE-level right up to degree-level. This means you can plan the career development of your employees.
Apprentices increase productivity.
On average, an apprentice increases business productivity by £214 per week. 88% of employers say that apprenticeships lead to a more satisfied and motivated workforce.
It’s cheaper than you think.
In many cases, training an apprentice to become your ideal employee is more cost effective than hiring an employee that already has experience. 75% of employers say that apprenticeships have helped them cut their recruitment and training costs.
You can use apprenticeships to train your current workforce.
Apprenticeships are bespoke to your organisation, which means there is a large amount of personalisation available to meet your business needs. Apprenticeships aren’t just for new employees - you can also use them to upskill and retrain your current staff. You can find out more about this option on our Training Courses for Businesses page.
The Apprenticeships we offer
Administration and Customer Service
Carpentry and Joinery - Level 2
Advanced Carpentry and Joinery - Level 3>
Trowel (Brickwork) - Level 2
Electrotechnical Installation Electrician - Level 3
Plumbing and Heating - Level 2
Civil Engineering (Construction) Groundworks - Level 2
Civil Engineering (Construction operations) Technicians - Level 3
Civil Engineering (Estimating) - Level 3
Civil Engineering (Construction) Higher - HNC Level 4
Construction Maintenance - Level 2
Trowel (Brickwork) - Level 3
Property Maintenance - Level 2
Groundworker - Level 2
Maintenance/ Installation Electrician - Level 2
Performing Engineering operations - Level 2
Engineering Technician (Aerospace / Aircraft Fitter / Machinist / Technical / Mechatronic - Level 3
Composites Technician - Level 3
Aerospace Engineer - Level 6
Nuclear Science Engineer - Level 6
Manufacturing Engineer - Level 6
Assistant Accountant - Level 3 (AAT Level 3)
Professional Accounting Technician - Level 4 (AAT Level 4)
Credit Controller - Level 2
Financial Services Advisor - Level 2
Financial Services Administrator - Level 3
Project Management - Level 4
Hair and Beauty
Hair - Level 2
Hair Professional - Level 3
Beauty Therapy - Level 2
Beauty Therapy - Level 3
Health and Social Care
Senior Healthcare Support Worker - Level 3
Leadership and Management - Level 5
Healthcare Support Worker - Level 2
Healthcare Assistant Practitioner - Level 5
Healthcare Support Worker - Level 2
Assistant Practitioner Health Integrated Mental Health and Social Care - Apprenticeship Level 5
Management Fundamentals - Apprenticeship Level 3
Leadership and Management
Autocare Technician - Level 2
Motor Vehicle - Level 3
Retailer - Level 2
Retail Team Leader - Level 3
Activity Leadership - Level 2
Sporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport - Level 3
Certificate in Principles and Preparation for Coaching Sport - Level 2
Supporting Teaching and Learning Assistant - Level 2
Supporting Teaching and Learning Assistant - Level 3
Teaching Assistant - Level 3
Warehousing and Facilities
Performing Manufacturing Operations - Level 2
Supply Chain Warehouse Operative - Level 2
Facilities Services - Level 2
Facilities Management - Level 3
Sale/Letting of Residential Property - Level 2
Sales of Residential Property - Level 2
Sales of Residential Property - Level 3
Housing / Property Management - Level 3
Junior Estate Agent - Level 2
Senior Housing / Property Management - Level 4