Apprenticeships are a great way to earn while you learn, either entering a new industry of your choosing, or upskilling in your chosen area to progress.
Begin your journey into your dream career, whether that be with a traineeship or an apprenticeship, we can help you get your foot in the door with an exciting organisation.
Believe that you can make it to the very top, through your very own personalised approach to learning.
Become a leader in your field! Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of rising the ranks, they offer clear progression routes, and you can even gain degrees through apprenticeships.
At Weston College we are here to support you throughout the whole apprenticeship process, from how to write a CV, to interview tips, we’re here to support you.
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BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY INTO AN EXCITING INDUSTRY
How My Apprenticeship Has Benefited Me
Hi, I’m Georgia, an apprentice at Weston College.
I started my Level 3 Business Administration Apprenticeship in May 2021 working in the Employment Services Department. It has been such a fantastic experience for me, and I have actually already received a promotion as an Account Co-ordinator within the West of England Works Team – whilst still completing my apprenticeship.
I didn’t start an apprenticeship fresh out of school or college, I was actually working in a full-time, permanent position, however I felt I wanted to gain a qualification whilst continuing to earn a wage. It was at this point I looked down the apprenticeship route.
After researching further into the different apprenticeship routes available, I decided that the Level 3 Business Administration apprenticeship was perfect for me. I feel that an apprenticeship gives you the perfect balance between work and study and this is just what I was after.
My apprenticeship has provided me with so many opportunities, and it has really helped me to develop a number of key skills, which will benefit me in my career.
One of the biggest skills I was able to learn and improve during my apprenticeship was my Digital Skills. I had the opportunity to complete my Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel Certifications and I was able to earn the Microsoft Office Specialist: Associate Level Certification.
My apprenticeship has also helped me gain confidence in communicating with external stakeholders, as I have built the skills which enable me to communicate professionally and confidently. This has really benefited me in my new role, as I am required to communicate regularly with the external partners from the West of England Works Project.
If you’re reading this and considering an apprenticeship, you should definitely go for it! It will open new doors to you, and give you many transferable skills which will help you to achieve your career goals.
Not only that, the support available is second to none. I have received support from my assessor, manager and colleagues, which has meant that the whole process of my apprenticeship has been smooth and manageable.
Thanks to my apprenticeship, I have been able to start my career and I am excited to see what the future holds for me.
Georgia Stanbridge, Account Co-ordinator within the West of England Works Team
Apprentice Turned Mercedes Technician: Luke Recognised for WorldSkills Win
Level 3 Motor Vehicle apprentice Luke Merchant has been recognised with an award from the Institute of Motors Industry
(IMI) for his outstanding success as a WorldSkills Silver Medallist as he now accelerates into his career working as a Vehicle Technician with Mercedes!
WorldSkills UK is an independent charity that works with employers, education, and governments, supporting young people across the world via competitions-based training, testing their ability to achieve world-class standards in the biennial ‘skills Olympics’. Over 3,000 learners registered to take part in the UK-wide competitions in March 2021. Luke was awarded the prestigious silver medal at the 2021 automotive technologies finals where he has to compete as one of the top learners in the country.
After Luke finished his apprenticeship, he then went on to work as a Vehicle Technician at Mercedes Benz, Weston-Super-Mare where he continues his career in automotive technology.
Luke states: "Working for Mercedes has been great so far. I am really enjoying getting to know all their systems and processes.
“Winning the silver medal at WorldSkills and my time at Weston College has helped me massively. I'm now more confident in myself and always trying my best to develop and grow my skills."
Steve Harvey, Head of Business at Mercedes Sytner comments: "Since joining the team here at Mercedes Benz W-s-M, Luke has been doing a fantastic job!
Firstly, working alongside an experienced Mercedes-Benz technician, so he could understand how the workshop work flows, regarding health and safety, use of the diagnostic equipment and of course meeting the rest of the team. Luke has also got involved with looking at all process’s which are involved when working on our customers cars.”
Steve continues: "Luke is now working on his own, and we are really pleased with the progress he is making. At present with all the new product coming through from new electric to diesel and petrol and of course the awesome AMG range, it is an exciting time to be joining Mercedes-Benz and the Sytner Group!
Some of the electric cars which will be coming through are outstanding and have the latest high-tech equipment, safety, and performance packages available, for example the new EQS with the hyper screen.”
“Luke will now be able to have the full training on these types of vehicles, it is definitely a great time to join our team of very skilled technicians. We will certainly be looking for more aspiring talent to join our team. Luke is an example of what can happen with a tremendous attitude and drive to further his potential during and after completing his NVQ3."
Weston College’s involvement with WorldSkills is just one of the exclusive opportunities available to learners through their newly launched Career Excellence Hubs. At the College, each subject area forms its own specific Career Excellence Hub, endorsed by relevant sector employers which help to create a study programme with lots of career boosting benefits, which include WorldSkills competing opportunities.
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Apprenticeships are an increasingly popular way of gaining nationally recognised qualifications alongside workplace experience, which is vital in the current economic climate. If you're thinking about following this route, these steps will help you get started.
What type of apprenticeship can I choose?
We have over 70 areas to choose from, from barbering to business administration and engineering to estate agency.
Our apprenticeships are available for people that want to just enter the industry, or for people that are looking to progress and upskill.
When should I apply?
If you're looking at starting the apprenticeship imminently, then you can apply today. If you’re leaving school in the summer and have chosen an apprenticeship as your preferred career path you can apply for the course and we will get in touch with you for a course interview. Our award winning Apprenticeship Recruitment Team will be able to offer you lots of support in how to find an apprenticeship that’s right for you.
How do I find an employer?
If you’re just starting out in a new industry, we can support you. Our apprenticeship team receive new vacancies from employers every day and can match you with an organisation that is a great fit for you and the employer.
We also have a wide range of employers that have vacancies right now, you can view them, here.
How do I apply for a vacancy?
When you see a vacancy you like, please hit the ‘apply now’ button and fill out your details. You will then be redirected the National Apprenticeship Service's " Find an Apprenticeship" website where you will be able to complete an online application form.
Do I need a CV?
Yes, employers want to get to know you, and make sure that you’ll both be a great fit for each other.
Writing a CV can be daunting, but our team can help. Please email the Apprenticeship Team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to support you.
What happens next?
When your CV has been submitted to an employer, you may be asked to attend an interview. Our Recruitment Team will support you through this, offering interview techniques and training- just give us a call.
If you’re new to apprenticeships, then I’m sure that you will have many questions. This useful guide will hopefully provide you, with the answers that you need.
How old do you have to be for an apprenticeship?
Anyone over the age of 16 can be an apprentice. We offer apprenticeships from Level 2 right through to Degree Level – so we can help you enter the industry or develop your skills to progress in your current organisation.
Do I need to attend College?
It depends on your apprenticeship. The majority of our apprenticeships are delivered in the workplace, but some may include block release for you to attend college.
Will I be paid?
Yes, apprenticeships give you the perfect opportunity to earn while you learn. Your actual salary will be determined by your employer, but the National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £4.81 for under 19 and over 19’s in the first year of apprenticeship, followed by the National Minimum Wage for your age.
How long should the apprenticeship take to complete?
This varies depending on the level of Apprenticeship that you are studying. The minimum amount of time spent on a level 2 Apprenticeship is just over a year.
Do I get holidays?
Yes. As an employee of any business, you are entitled to the statutory minimum of 20 days paid holiday per year, pro rata.
Are all the jobs local?
Our apprenticeship vacancies are across the region, including Bristol, Taunton, Bridgwater, Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
What is the apprenticeship qualification equivalent to?
- Level 2 is equivalent to five GCSEs at grade A-C/9-4
- Level 3 is equivalent to two A Levels
- Level 4 and 5 are equivalent to a Foundation Degree
- Level 6 and 7 are equivalent to a Degree
Can I get additional support if I have learning difficulties?
Yes. Support is available to all apprentices who have been identified as having additional learning needs.
HEAR FROM OUR APPRENTICES
<p>Hey! I'm Maisy, and I recently completed my Digital Marketing Level 3 apprenticeship with Weston College, working for Visit Somerset.</p>
<p>After completing my apprenticeship in March, I was offered the role of Social Media Manager at Visit Somerset, which wouldn’t have been possible without my apprenticeship.</p>
<p>Let me take you through my apprenticeship journey, the highs, the lessons learned, and the growth I've experienced along the way.</p>
<p><strong>Choosing the Apprenticeship Path</strong></p>
<p>Why did I choose an apprenticeship? Simply put, I wanted to learn by doing. I've never been the most academically inclined, so the idea of working on the job while learning was the perfect balance for me. It allowed me to reach my full potential without the pressures of traditional education.</p>
<p><strong>Gaining Unique Skills</strong></p>
<p>One of the most significant benefits of my apprenticeship was developing my interpersonal skills. I had the chance to interact with customers and partners regularly, which boosted my confidence and communication abilities.</p>
<p><strong>Memorable Moments at Visit Somerset</strong></p>
<p>The highlight of my journey with Visit Somerset was an unforgettable trip to Noah's Ark Zoo.</p>
<p>There, I got to try out new animal experiences and help with filming and social media promotion. Feeding lions, bears, and armadillos was an experience of a lifetime that I'll cherish forever.</p>
<p><strong>A Special Project: 'Dog-Friendly Somerset'</strong></p>
<p>One project that's very close to my heart is 'Dog-Friendly Somerset.' I took it upon myself to showcase how pet-friendly our region is by creating a video at The Eastbury Hotel. The project was a massive success and continues to thrive.</p>
<p><strong>Support from Weston College</strong></p>
<p>I can't emphasise enough the support I received from Weston College during my apprenticeship.</p>
<p>My assessor was exceptional. She guided me, ensured I stayed on track, and relieved any worries about deadlines.</p>
<p><strong>Advice for Future Apprentices</strong></p>
<p>If you're considering an apprenticeship, my advice is simple: go for it!</p>
<p>You'll learn, grow, and get paid for doing what you love. I emerged from my apprenticeship more confident and equipped with skills I wouldn't have gained in a traditional job.</p>
<p>My journey from an apprentice to a Social Media Manager has been incredible. It's shown me the power of hands-on learning and the endless opportunities that come with it. So, whether you're starting your apprenticeship journey or just curious about it, remember that it could be the key to unlocking your full potential, just as it did for me.</p>
<p><em>Maisy, Social Media Manager, Visit Somerset</em></p>
<p><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/what-can-i-study/apprenticeships?utm_source=ma… you’d like to follow in Maisy’s footsteps and become an apprentice, you can do so by clicking here.</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.weston.ac.uk/30DayChallenge?utm_source=main-menu&utm_me… you’re an employer that would like to recruit talented new staff through apprenticeships, you can do so by clicking here.</a></p>
<p>Last month, the <a href="https://swapprenticeshipawards.co.uk/2023/en/page/home">South West Apprenticeship Awards</a>, hosted at<a href="https://www.ashtongatestadium.co.uk/"> Ashton Gate Stadium</a>, honoured outstanding apprentices from various industries and businesses across the South West. Among the remarkable apprentices who were acknowledged for their dedication and achievements was Lewis, a <a href="https://www.ucw.ac.uk/courses/digital-and-technology-solutions-bsc-hons… Engineering Degree Apprentice</a> from <a href="mbda-systems.com">MBDA Systems UK</a>.</p>
<p>Lewis is currently completing a Digital and Technology Solutions apprenticeship with a specialization in software. He was ecstatic about the recognition and expressed delight at being selected for such a prestigious award.</p>
<p>When asked about his decision to pursue an apprenticeship, Lewis explained, "A degree apprenticeship is a fast track to becoming industry-ready by the time you finish your degree. Considering my experience these last 3 years, I would say with certainty I made the right choice."</p>
<p>This remarkable individual was self-nominated for the award, with encouragement from their team lead and a glowing reference provided by colleagues who believed he was well-suited for the recognition. The nomination was attributed to his outstanding work, both inside and outside the company.</p>
<p>One of the key factors contributing to the nomination was his involvement in several different roles outside their day-to-day responsibilities. Lewis actively participated in induction and outreach events, becoming an apprentice ambassador at the <a href="https://www.ucw.ac.uk/">University Centre Weston (UCW)</a>, his education provider for the apprenticeship. His dedication to representing and inspiring others in the field made him an excellent role model for future apprentices in the industry.</p>
<p>The South West Apprenticeship Awards ceremony took place on 6th July 2023, and the event was filled with excitement, offering numerous photo opportunities, a reception with drinks, and a delicious meal. The awards were hosted by Commonwealth and World champion athlete, Iwan Thomas MBE.</p>
<p>Accompanied by colleagues from various disciplines, mainly software, as well as a fellow apprentice, the winner felt overwhelmed by the support they received throughout the evening. When asked about future aspirations, Lewis said, "I’m looking to attend next year but I’m hoping to encourage and inspire others in my cohort at college as well as my fellow apprentices from the same provider to go for it."</p>
<p>Regarding his plans after completing the apprenticeship, Lewis expressed a keen interest in staying in the realm of embedded software engineering. He also expressed a desire to delve deeper into software security and pursue a master's degree in the future.</p>
<p>Acknowledging the support he received from Weston College and MBDA Systems UK, Lewis expressed gratitude to his lecturers for providing relevant soft skills that can be applied to their job and fellow apprentices for being supportive throughout the journey.</p>
<p>Winning the Apprentice of the Year award in the Technology, Digital & Creative Sector came as a pleasant surprise to Lewis. He stated, "I was quite shocked. There were other excellent candidates all proven to be beyond capable in their fields. It was very validating for all the hard work and effort I have gone through to prove that I am a model apprentice."</p>
<p>The placement provider expressed immense pride in their apprentice's achievement. Colleagues and mentors showed unwavering support and belief in their capabilities throughout the ceremony.</p>
<p>The South West Apprenticeship Awards not only highlighted the remarkable achievements of this outstanding individual but also recognized the value of apprenticeships in preparing the future workforce for industry success. As the technology and digital sector continue to evolve, these apprenticeships play a crucial role in developing skilled and talented professionals who are ready to make significant contributions to their chosen fields.</p>
<p><a href="https://www.ucw.ac.uk/courses/engineering-degree-apprenticeships/">Find out more about UCW's Engineering Degree Apprentices, here!</a></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The Weston College Group is pleased to announce an exciting collaboration with University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation (UHBW) to provide an exceptional opportunity for learners on health-related courses. As part of this partnership, UHBW will be offering all successful Weston College learners on Level 3 health-related courses an automatic interview for the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship program.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal">The Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship program is a prestigious and comprehensive opportunity for individuals to embark on a rewarding career in nursing while gaining valuable academic qualifications. By partnering with Weston College, UHBW aims to support aspiring nurses in the local community and contribute to the development of a highly skilled and diverse healthcare workforce.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal">Key details of the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship program, include:</p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt"><b>A direct pathway to a nursing career</b> - successful learners will have the chance to bypass the traditional application process and secure an automatic interview with UHBW for the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship. This exclusive opportunity provides a direct pathway for learners to pursue their passion for nursing and enter the healthcare profession.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt"><b>High-quality education and training</b> - the program encompasses a comprehensive curriculum that equips learners with the essential knowledge and skills required to become competent and compassionate registered nurses. The curriculum has been carefully designed in accordance with industry standards and is regularly updated to align with the latest healthcare practices. Apprentices will benefit from the expertise and mentorship of UHBW's experienced nursing staff, gaining a solid foundation of skills and knowledge essential for a successful nursing career.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt"><b>Hands-on clinical experience</b> - apprentices enrolled in the program will have the opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience through clinical placements within UHBW, one of the region's leading healthcare organisations. This practical exposure provides learners with real-world insights, allowing them to apply their theoretical knowledge in a supportive and professional environment.</p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt"><b>Financial support and employment</b> - apprentices enrolled in the program will receive a competitive salary while studying, allowing them to earn while they learn. This financial support, combined with the opportunity to work within UHBW, a leading healthcare organisation, ensures a stable and rewarding career pathway from the outset.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt"><b>Personal and professional growth</b> - As the employer UHBW, will enable a wealth of professional development opportunities for the apprentice, allowing them to grow both personally and professionally. UHBW is committed to supporting its apprentices throughout their journey, providing mentorship, guidance, and ongoing training to ensure their success in the nursing profession.</p>
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<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt">By offering all successful Weston College learners on Level 3 health-related courses an automatic interview for the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship program, UHBW is demonstrating its commitment to investing in local talent and fostering the next generation of healthcare professionals. This collaboration will not only benefit individual Weston College learners but also contribute to the enhancement of healthcare services and patient care within the region.<o:p></o:p></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt">Interested learners are encouraged to contact Weston College for further information on the application process. UHBW and Weston College are excited about the prospects that this collaboration presents and look forward to welcoming aspiring nurses to join them on this exceptional journey.</p>
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