Basingstoke College of Technology
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Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining internationally recognised qualifications, workplace experience and practical skills. As an employee you will earn while you learn. Apprenticeships can take between one and four years depending on the level of apprenticeship, the apprentices' ability and the industry sector. Usually they take 12 - 24 months. Anyone living in England, over the age of 16 and not in full time education can apply.
Please note that you must have an employer and work in the relevant industry sector to the apprenticeship you are wishing to undertake.
It is always recommended that you seek employment within an industry that you have an interest in or have had experience in and enjoyed. Think about your skills, talents and interests and how these could be transferred to the workplace.
BCoT works closely with employers and are made aware of any vacancies they have available so make sure that you speak with the team to find out if there is anything suitable for you. Please do not rely on this though, we always recommend that you actively seek employment yourself. You are also able to search for vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Service website and theApprentices for Business website.
Apprentices for Business work closely with BCoT to provide flexible recruitment and they will endeavour to match you with employers who are looking to recruit motivated young people.
BCoT can offer Apprenticeship Programmes in the following areas:
If the Apprenticeship you are interested in does not appear please contact the team.
All employed apprentices must receive a minimum hourly rate of £2.65 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. However as skills develop, many employers choose to increase an apprentices salary, in fact research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 per week.
No, your employer will pay you your salary and contribute to any additional training costs that the government does not cover, which is dependent on your age.
If you are 16-18 apprenticeships are fully funded and your employer pays nothing towards it.
If you are 19-24 then a 50% contribution is required from your employer.
If you are over 25 then it is likely that your employer is required to pay a contribution.
For further information please speak with one of the team.
You have the same employment rights and responsibilities as any other employee and you should not get treated any differently. You are entitled to holidays, fair working hours and breaks. The tasks you are asked to carry out may differ slightly because you are undergoing a training programme.
When you start your apprenticeship you will be assigned a mentor who will create a learning plan for you and review your progress the entire way through the apprenticeship. Your mentor is also there to deal with any concerns or issues you may have with either the apprenticeship programme or your employer. You will also have a tutor at the college, an assessor for the work based learning element and access to the college's learner services department
Whilst undertaking an apprenticeship you are working towards an NVQ Certificate or NVQ Diploma as your work based qualification, this will either be a Level 2 for an Apprenticeship or a Level 3 for the Advanced Apprenticeship. Alongside this you will be working towards a Technical Certificate at the same level, this will be carried out at college along with the relevant Functional Skills in maths, English and ICT. Level 1 Functional Skills are required for a Level 2 Apprenticeship and Level 2 Functional Skills are required for a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. These qualifications are nationally recognised and your programme can be transferred to an alternative employer if at any point necessary.
You may wish to progress onto a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship following the completion of your Level 2 Apprenticeship. It may also lead into higher education. BCoT also offer a variety of part time evening courses which may benefit you in your job role and career progression. View the list of part time courses on offer here.
The apprenticeship scheme offered by BCoT has really helped me to fulfil my goal in life of becoming a fully qualified accountant.
When I left college I looked at all the possibilities open to me and I chose an accountancy apprenticeship at BCoT. I have always thought of BCOT as a learning establishment to learn the skills of the trade like building and construction, beauty therapy and hospitality but when I discovered they offered a whole lot more than just that in other sectors of jobs like finance I enquired and enrolled.
My apprenticeship offers me the flexibility to learn while I have a full time job, thus giving me experience and knowledge which you couldn't learn in the classroom. I have recently completed my Level 2 AAT accountancy qualification and am now enrolled on the Level 3 AAT with the view next academic year of enrolling on Level 4.