Why should I do an apprenticeship?
Government forecasts show us that engineering companies need to recruit 2.56m people before 2022 in engineering, creating 275,000 new vacancies. Apprenticeships give you a great insight into what those jobs mean, while giving you a chance to earn while you learn.
Are apprenticeships full time?
Study options range from one day a week to five days a week, with our apprentices dividing their time at The Engineering College, between classroom study and practical workshop sessions. Some apprentices may come here for a block of time – three months, for instance – then come on day release after that. It depends who your employer is, and what they need…
How long is an apprenticeship?
You’re committing to between 3.5 and 4 years when you join us for an apprenticeship.
How big are the groups we’re taught in?
Our apprentices work best with individual care and attention, and groups are up to 12 people, although they can be smaller. We have a 1:12 ratio across the college, so all of our staff can take the time to speak to individual students and communicate with our learners, supporting you throughout your learning.
Can I still get a degree?
Yes, in short. A Level 3 apprenticeship is the equivalent of A level – this is just a different route into higher education, giving you hands-on skills. You can progress from a HNC to a HND (equivalent to the first two years at university) and towards a degree, if that’s the path you want to follow. The Engineering College can also connect you with Liverpool John Moores and other universities to further develop your career.
Why is coming here different to other colleges?
There are several reasons. Ours is practical, hands-on experience, showing you exactly what you’ll experience in the world of engineering. We tailor our courses to your employer, giving you the best-possible skills for employment – our results are far higher than the national average. And well over half of our staff have done apprenticeships, so they know exactly what you’re going through.
How do you support apprentices while they’re here?
- all of our learners have an individual learning plan
- our learners receive one-to one reviews, designed to suit your programme
- all learners receive an effective induction, complete with your own handbook
- you’ll have IT resources to support your learning
- we also provide first class pastoral care, and an effective learner welfare service
- we can provide alternative assessment methods if you need them