If you have a career sector or path in mind and want to start earning money as you learn, an apprenticeship could be for you. You’ll do a real job for a real employer; training on the job and working towards an industry-standard qualification.
An apprenticeship combines hands-on work with the opportunity to train and obtain qualifications. Apprenticeships, which must last for a minimum of 12 months are open to anyone aged 16 and over who is not in full-time education, there is no upper aged limit!
As an apprentice you’ll be employed and will study for a qualification with the full support and commitment of your employer, at least 20% of your working hours are set aside for learning, often at a college, university or training provider, however there are lots of ways to undertake learning depending on your organisation and job role.
Visit our apprenticeship page for more information workwiltshire.co.uk/apprenticeships/
Additional information on Apprenticeships can be found on the UCAS website and the Amazing Apprenticeships websites
People are encouraged to find and apply for apprentices using the Find and Apprenticeship Service
Colleges are often larger and more informal than sixth forms, and they offer a wider variety of courses including apprenticeships, but they will expect you to be able to manage your own work and time effectively.
You need to find a school or college that offers the courses or subjects you are interested in studying, or the best route to the career you are interested in. If you have specialist educational needs or other support needs, you will need to talk to your chosen provider to ensure they can support your needs.
There are 2 colleges within Wiltshire and a 6th form college. These are:
In Swindon 2 Colleges have merged and are now;
Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology is launching in September 2021
The IoT will be a high quality employer-led training facility delivering high level technical and digital skills training for young people and to those already in employment. The IoT will specialise in delivering higher technical education providing students with a clear route to technical employment, and employers with a skilled workforce.
For other colleges outside Wiltshire borders visit FindFE.com
The term ‘Sixth Form’ describes the school years numbered 12 and 13. Lots of schools have sixth forms and you can stay at your current school or move to a new one. Sixth forms tend to be smaller and can offer more teaching structure and student support than colleges.
Wiltshire has 21 schools with sixth forms which are able to provide education for 16-18 year olds in years 12 and 13. The provision offered will depend on the Sixth Form.
Bradford on Avon
Royal Wootton Bassett
A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.
Traineeships allow you to learn employability skills, improve your maths and English qualifications if you need to, as well as getting some valuable work experience.
The work placement can last for as little as 5 weeks or last up to 5 months depending on your needs. You may have several work placements with different employers, or one placement with a single employer. You will not get paid but you are entitled to travel expenses to and from your work placement and if you are claiming Universal Credit then this will not be affected.
You will receive:
- meaningful feedback on your performance from the employer
- confirmation of completing a Traineeship
- confirmation of your qualifications
- a reference from the employer
You will also receive a guaranteed interview by the employer either for an actual job or apprenticeship (if one is available), or an exit interview to support you in your next steps.
For more information on traineeships or to apply for one, visit the find a traineeship website https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship.
UTCs are technical academies for 14- to 19-year-olds. They have university and employer sponsors and combine practical and academic studies. UTCs specialise in subjects that need modern, technical, industry-standard equipment – such as engineering and construction and science – which are taught alongside business skills and the use of ICT.
There is a UTC in Swindon
If you want to work as a volunteer, this will need to be for more than 20 hours a week and you will also need to combine this with part-time study or training.
For more information on volunteering click on the Earn button.
Working with part-time education or training
You may prefer to find full time employment (this needs to be for more than 20 hours a week to be counted as full time) and combine this with part-time study or training. You could work towards a nationally recognised qualification as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering.
For more information on finding employment click on the Earn button.