Taking on an apprentice
An apprenticeship is a mixture of work-based learning and study for people aged 16 and upwards.
We offer apprenticeships from Level 2 to degree-level, to provide clear routes for our learners to progress within an industry.
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.
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.
Our Apprentices are offered permanent position
Level 2 to degree-level apprenticeship standards
What Our Employers Say
"I am pleased to say that our apprentices have exceeded our expectations at every level. We would highly recommend the apprenticeship program and Weston College."
The Apprenticeships we offer
Administration & Customer Service
Business Administration - Level 3
Customer Service Practitioner - Level 2
Customer Service Specialist - Level 3
Marketing Assistant - Level 3
Operational Firefighter - Level 3
Recruitment Resourcer - Level 2
Children and Young People's Workforce - Level 2
Early Years Educator - Level 3
Carpentry and Joinery - Level 2
Advanced Carpentry and Joinery - Level 3
Bricklayer - Level 2
Maintenance/ Installation Electrician - Level 2
Plumbing and Heating - Level 2
Scaffolder - Level 2
Property Maintenance Operative - Level 2
Property Maintenance - Level 2
Engineering Technician Aerospace/Aircraft Fitter - Level 3
Engineering Technician - Machinist - Advanced Manufacturing Engineering - Level 3
Engineering Technician - Technical Support Technician
Engineering Technician - Mechatronics Maintenance Technician - 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)
Accounts/Finance Assistant - Level 2
Hair and Beauty
Hair Professional (Hair and Barbering) - Level 2
Hairdresser - Level 3
Beauty Therapist - Level 2
Health and Social Care
Commis Chef - Level 2
Production Chef - Level 2
Leadership and Management
Retailer - Level 2
Sale/Letting of Residential Property
Junior Estate Agent - Level 2