Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 and offer a great practical alternative to full-time study programmes.
You can earn as you learn with a minimum salary of £5.28 per hour and on completion of your apprenticeship you will gain a recognised qualification.
Apprenticeships are available at different levels
Intermediate (Level 2 - equivalent to 5 GCSEs)
Advanced (Level 3 - equivalent to 2 A-levels)
Higher (Levels 4 and 5 - equivalent to a Foundation Degree).
School leavers can start on an apprenticeship at any Level. On these apprenticeships, you will spend approximately four days per week on the job training with your employer and one day per week in College learning.
Already in employment
If you are already in employment and looking to progress your career, depending on your current qualifications and experience you may be able to begin your apprenticeship journey on an advanced or higher apprenticeship.
When it came to leaving school Tiffany will tell you a career in plastering was the last thing on her mind.
“I don’t think I even knew what that was at 16,” said the former Redcar and Cleveland College student.
Fortunately for her, after trying a couple of different directions, her attentions turned towards the trades, and it was a multi skills course that ultimately introduced her to plastering.
Today at 23, Tiffany is an apprentice with A S Crocker Plasterers and she has found this is her passion. And proving she has the talent to match her enthusiasm, she recently received recognition as a nominee in the Student of the Year at the Plasterers’ and FIS Training Awards.
Looking back to the start of her training, she said: “I hadn’t even heard of plastering but I picked it up quite quickly.” She found she had a talent for it and her instructors clearly saw it too and soon after opting to study a level 2 plastering course at Redcar and Cleveland College, Tiffany applied for an apprenticeship and was successful.
“I remember the first day, there was about 20 lads and me, but I wasn’t bothered because I knew exactly what I wanted to do,” she said.
With the right work ethic, skills and determination, when a change of circumstance later saw Tiffany looking for a new employer, the college was quick to set up an introduction with A S Crocker.
Now Tiffany’s day job includes keeping the walls and ceiling pristine at Darlington Library, skilled work as parts of the building date back to the 19thand 20thcentury.
“I never thought I would work in construction, but I really enjoy it,” she said. And she agreed, there are definite advantages in being able to carry out her own repairs at home.
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