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Why choose City College Plymouth for an Apprenticeship?

If you are leaving school, or perhaps switching careers, and need to ‘earn while you learn’, then check out our Apprenticeship courses. Apprentices are employed, so you will earn a salary but can carry on learning the skills and training needed to progress in your job.

Our Apprenticeships are based around vocational areas and offer a complementary mix of vocational training and first-hand practical skills. You will be able to mirror what you do in College with what you do in your work and vice versa. Plus, you will also gain a number of qualifications to add to your CV.

Many of our students find that once they have taken this first step and joined one of our Apprenticeship programmes, they are eager to progress to higher education as a good way of gaining promotion and increasing their earning power.

Gaining valuable qualifications

During your Apprenticeship you will work in your chosen subject towards either NVQ level 2 (Apprenticeship) or NVQ level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship).

You will achieve useful key skills qualifications in application of number, communication and IT. You will also gain additional qualifications including a technical certificate relating to your subject area.

How does it work?

You can expect to work between 30 and 40 hours per week (including time spent at the College) and be paid a wage. You will be entitled to at least 20 days paid holiday each year.

Support

If you already have an employer then you are likely to be able to start training straight away. Alternatively, the College can help you with finding a job and will check that it is a safe and suitable place to work.

While you are an apprentice we will visit you regularly at your workplace to discuss your training both at work and at the College.

Progression

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are a great way to progress your education and employability, as you will apply the practical skills and knowledge you are learning at College directly into the workplace.

Gaining a nationally recognised qualification gives you the opportunity to explore other routes into further education, progress to university-level study or gain a promotion at work.

For further information see our Apprenticeship Guide or call the Work-based Learning team on 01752 251866. We will discuss what you want to do and make the necessary arrangements.

The following apprenticeship courses are offered at City College Plymouth ...

Full-time Courses
Course Title Type of Course and Awarding Body Level Duration Course Code(s) Full-time/Part-time
Barbering Intermediate Apprenticeship - City & Guilds Level Two Approximately two years AP2 Full-time
Beauty Therapy Intermediate Apprenticeship - City & Guilds Level Two Approximately 18 months AP2 Full-time
Beauty Therapy Advanced Apprenticeship - City & Guilds Level Three Approximately 18 months AP3 Full-time
Boat Building and Maintenance Advanced Apprenticeship Level Three Four years AP3 Full-time
Bricklaying Intermediate Apprenticeship Level Two Two years AP2 Full-time
Business and Administration Intermediate Apprenticeship - OCR, EDI and City & Guilds Level Two 12 - 15 months
FMABAA
AP2
Full-time
Business and Administration Advanced Apprenticeship - OCR, EDI and City & Guilds Level Three 15 - 18 months
AMABAA
AP3
Full-time
Children and Young People's Workforce Intermediate Apprenticeship, Certificate - C&G Level Two 15 months AP2 Full-time
Children and Young People's Workforce (Care Early Years) Advanced Apprenticeship Level Three 15 months AMACHILD Full-time
Contact Centre Operations Intermediate Apprenticeship Level Two One to two years FMACCO Full-time
Customer Service Intermediate Apprenticeship - OCR, EDI and City & Guilds Level Two 12 - 14 months AP2 Full-time
Customer Service Advanced Apprenticeship - OCR, EDI and City & Guilds Level Three 15 - 17 months AP3 Full-time
Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations Intermediate Apprenticeship Level Two Two years FMAPAIA Full-time
Decorative Finishing and Industrial Painting Occupations Advanced Apprenticeship Level Three One year AMAPAIA Full-time
Dental Nursing Advanced Apprenticeship - Health (Dental Nursing) - C&G Level Three 18 months (minimum) AP3 Full-time
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Apprenticeship, Advanced Diploma - EAL   Level Three 27-30 months AP3 Full-time
Engineering - Installation and Commissioning Advanced Apprenticeship Level Three Four years AP3 Full-time
Engineering Maintenance Intermediate Apprenticeship Level Two Two years AP2 Full-time
Engineering Maintenance Advanced Apprenticeship - SEMTA Level Three 27-30 months AP3 Full-time
Engineering Maintenance and Installation Intermediate Apprenticeship Level Two One and a half to two years AP2 Full-time
Engineering Manufacture Advanced Apprenticeship Level Three Up to four years AP3 Full-time
Engineering Production Intermediate Apprenticeship Level Two One and a half to two years AP2 Full-time
Engineering Tool Making Advanced Apprenticeship Level Three Between two and three years AP3 Full-time
Fabrication and Welding Advanced Apprenticeship Level Three From two to two and a half years AP3 Full-time
Fabrication and Welding Intermediate Apprenticeship Level Two One and a half to two years AP2 Full-time
Hairdressing Intermediate Apprenticeship - City & Guilds Level Two Two years FMAHAIA Full-time
Hairdressing Advanced Apprenticeship - City & Guilds Level Three One year
AMAHAIA
AP3
Full-time
Health and Social Care Intermediate Apprenticeship - City & Guilds Level Two One year AP2 Full-time
Health and Social Care Advanced Apprenticeship Level Three 15 months AP3 Full-time
Hospitality and Catering Intermediate Apprenticeship - City & Guilds Level Two Approximately 15 months AP2 Full-time

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“I left school with no GCSEs and started an Apprenticeship in order to pursue a career in engineering.

In order to pass the Apprenticeship assessment, I had to get my maths up to the required standard. I failed once but I didn’t give up and passed the next time!

After successfully passing the assessment, I was interviewed by Pipex Ltd who took me on as part of their second ever...

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Peter Grimes
Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeship

Peter GrimesI’m currently working towards an NVQ Level 2 and a diploma in carpentry and joinery whilst working on-site at Redrow’s Vision development in Devonport. Through...

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A keen supporter of City College Plymouth’s Employer Endorsement Scheme, Princess Yachts works in partnership with the College …

“Princess Yachts manufactures high end luxury yachts and requires its workforce to be highly trained and skilled. Working in partnership with the College means that our workforce receives the training we need to produce quality products for our clients.

“We recently recruited nine carpentry apprentices from the College. This is a significant investment in our workforce and highlights the commitment Princess Yachts has in ensuring we have a skilled pool of labour to help support our company’s future growth.”

Diane Ekland, Training Manager

Princess Yachts International

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