Apprenticeships at Derby College

Apprenticeships are designed to give young people valuable qualifications, vital work experience – and a salary while studying.

In conjunction with your employer the Apprenticeships delivered through Derby College provide young people aged 16-24 with a work-based route to a skilled occupation, supported by on-the-job training.

The range of apprenticeship options Derby College can deliver, in conjunction with your employer, is constantly expanding.

Don’t have an Apprenticeship with an employer yet?

Don’t worry Derby College can help with that too. We advertise all the Apprenticeship vacancies, that employers have asked us to find suitable candidates for, on this page below or register on the Government website www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

As soon as you see a vacancy that interests you then apply online and the Derby College Apprentice Recruitment Team will take it from there.

Having trouble finding a suitable apprenticeship that’s just right for you?

Well why not enrol as a Full Time student at Derby College? Then once you find employment, as an Apprentice, we can transfer your course across. Not sure which course to enrol on? Our Work Based Delivery Team, within the relevant Curriculum Area, will be pleased to answer your enquiries and set you on the right path

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Whether you’re an employer looking to upskill your workforce or an individual considering an apprenticeship, Derby College will support you all the way. We deliver apprenticeships in over 40 industrial sectors.     

Apprenticeships Fact File

Derby College provides an excellent learning experience to all students – enabling them to progress successfully to the next stage of their lives, be that further or higher education, the world of work or establishing a business start-up.

Responsible for developing talent for the future workforce of the world, Derby College will equip you with the skills, attitude and behaviours which employers expect in this challenging economic environment.

What are apprenticeships?

They are work-based training programmes designed to give young people valuable work experience while earning a wage. Apprentices gain the job-specific skills they need to carry out their role competently and to meet the needs of their employer.

They work alongside experienced staff to gain relevant skills on the job and attend College – usually for one day a week – working towards a recognised qualification and improving their Functional Skills.

Who are they for?

They are open to anyone over the age of 16 not already in full-time education – whether just leaving school, starting a fresh career or moving into a different role that requires new skills. Employers can use them to train new and existing employees alike.

How are they developed?

Apprenticeships are designed by the Sector Skills Councils, working with employers to develop course content that is relevant and up to date. The National Apprenticeship Service helps to fund the training.

How long do they take?

Our Intermediate Apprenticeships last 13-25 months and Advanced Apprenticeships last 12-48 months.

Where do they take place?

It is up to the employer. Most or all of the training is on the job in the workplace at times to suit the organisation. Most Derby College apprenticeships include a day a week of College-based learning.

What qualifications do they lead to?

Our apprentices gain a Level 2 or 3 NVQ, Functional Skills, and a Technical Certificate which shows they have industry-recognised skills.

What are Functional Skills?

All apprentices must develop Functional Skills that support them in their job, including Communication and Application of Number. They may also take other Functional Skills such as ICT, Working with Others and Problem Solving. Depending on the apprentice’s existing qualifications and experience, they could be exempt from some of these.

What are the apprenticeship levels?

  1. Intermediate Apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE passes). The apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
  2. Advanced Apprenticeships (equivalent to two A-level passes). Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate. To start this programme, apprentices should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship.
  3. Higher Apprenticeships. Higher apprentices work towards workbased learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a qualification like a Foundation Degree.

What does the College contribute?

A dedicated College representative works closely with employers to:

  • help them decide which apprenticeship is right for them
  • explain how apprenticeships might help them and if funding is available
  • agree a training plan with the apprentice
  • help recruit an apprentice or support existing staff into apprenticeships
  • manage the training and evaluation to nationally recognised quality standards.

What does an employer contribute?

As well as a minimum of 30 hours a week employment, the employer must give the apprentice clear terms and conditions of employment and an induction into their role. Derby College can give advice on such issues. Employers are also responsible for paying apprentices’ wages, based on the National Minimum Training Allowance.

Is there help with funding?

Funding towards training is available from the National Apprenticeship Service. The contribution varies depending on the sector and the age of the candidate. If the apprentice is aged 16–18 years, the employer will receive 100% of the training cost; if they are 19-24 years old, they will receive up to 50%; if they are 25 years old or over, any contribution depends on the employer’s sector and area. Employers may also be eligible for the National Age Grant of £1,500.

Is there help with recruitment?

Derby College offers a free recruitment service matching the right candidate with the right apprenticeship vacancy.

How do I find out more?

Call 0800 028 0289

Download Apprenticeship Brochure

Apprenticeships Available at Derby College

Course Listings

Apprenticeship Listings

Course Title
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horticulture (framework): Site Broomfield Hall
Advanced Apprenticeship - Team Leader / Supervisor (standard): Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship Diploma in Plumbing: Site The RoundHouse
Advanced Apprenticeship for IT, Software, Web and Telecomms Professionals : Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Agriculture: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Animal Care (framework): Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Arboriculture: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Assistant Accountant (standard): Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Barbering: Site The RoundHouse
Advanced Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy: Site The RoundHouse
Advanced Apprenticeship in Brickwork: Site Hudson Building
Advanced Apprenticeship in Business and Administration: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Children and Young People's Workforce: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Children and Young People's Workforce - Residential Pathway: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Customer Service: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nurse: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Dental Nursing: Site The RoundHouse
Advanced Apprenticeship in Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator) : Site The RoundHouse
Advanced Apprenticeship in Fitness Instruction: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Floristry: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Process Operator: Site The RoundHouse
Advanced Apprenticeship in Hairdressing: Site The RoundHouse
Advanced Apprenticeship in Health: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Horse Care and Management : Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Horticulture : Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Hospitality Supervisor: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in IT Specialist (IT User) (framework): Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Lead Adult Care Worker: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Leisure Management (framework): Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair : Site Johnson Building
Advanced Apprenticeship in Mechatronics Maintenance Technician: Site The RoundHouse
Advanced Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating: Site Hudson Building
Advanced Apprenticeship in Plastering: Site Hudson Building
Advanced Apprenticeship in Professional Construction (Civil Engineering): Site The RoundHouse
Advanced Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Retail Team Leader (standard): Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Senior Chef Production Cooking: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Senior Healthcare Support Worker: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Team Leader / Supervisor: Site Workplace
Advanced Apprenticeship in Welding: Site Ilkeston
Advanced Apprenticeship in Wood Occupations: Site Hudson Building
Advanced Apprenticeship Professional Construction: Site The RoundHouse
Advanced Apprenticeship Standard Electrotechnical : Site The RoundHouse
Diploma in Floristry: Site Broomfield Hall
Higher Apprenticeship Assessor Coach: Site The RoundHouse
Higher Apprenticeship Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People's Services: Site Workplace
Higher Apprenticeship in Education and Training (Post 14 Teacher): Site The RoundHouse
Higher Apprenticeship in Operations/Departmental Manager (standard) : Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship Diploma in Plumbing and Heating: Site The RoundHouse
Intermediate Apprenticeship for Nursing Assistants in the Veterinary Environment: Site Broomfield Hall
Intermediate Apprenticeship for the Children and Young People's Workforce: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in AAT Accounting (framework): Site The RoundHouse
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership (framework): Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Adult Care Worker: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Agriculture: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Animal Care : Site Broomfield Hall
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Arboriculture: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Barbering: Site The RoundHouse
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy: Site The RoundHouse
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Bench Joinery: Site Hudson Building
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Brickwork: Site Hudson Building
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Business and Administration: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Clinical Health Level 2: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Commis Chef: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Construction Operations - Groundwork: Site Hudson Building
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Customer Service: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Customer Service Practitioner (standard): Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Customer Service Practitioner (standard): Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Exercise and Fitness Instruction (framework): Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Floristry: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Food and Beverage Service: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Food and Drink Process Operator: Site The RoundHouse
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Food Production and Cooking: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hair Professional: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hairdressing: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support Worker: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Horse Care: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality Services : Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hospitality Team Member: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in IT User Skills (framework): Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Kitchen Services : Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Leisure Operations (framework): Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair : Site Johnson Building
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Maintenance Operations: Site Hudson Building
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating: Site Hudson Building
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Plastering: Site Hudson Building
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Providing Security Services: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Retailer (standard): Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Tiling: Site Hudson Building
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Warehousing and Storage: Site Workplace
Intermediate Apprenticeship Performing Manufacturing Operations: Site The RoundHouse
Level 4 Apprenticeship Education Learning Mentor: Site The RoundHouse
Level 4 Apprenticeship in Retail Manager (standard): Site Workplace

When you are accepted onto an Apprenticeship with an employer you will:

  • Earn a Salary
  • Receive Training
  • Learn Job Specific Skills
  • Get Paid Holidays
  • Gain Qualifications
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