What is an Apprenticeship?

Giving you the chance to study, whilst still earning money, an apprenticeship is an ideal way to gain a nationally recognised qualification.

You will be working alongside existing experienced staff and learn your skills ‘on the job’ in addition to being assessed by industry professionals, many of whom have enjoyed successful careers in the sectors they now teach.  

How do I become an apprentice?

You will need to be employed within the industry for at least 30 hours a week and have a genuine interest in the work that you do.   Anyone can be an apprentice, as long as you are over 16 years old, a UK resident and not taking part in full-time education.  Although previous qualifications such as GCSEs are desirable, they are not essential.

Where will I study?

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of industry.  This means they offer a structured programme which is relevant to the job you’re doing and will give you the skills you need to do it well.  Most of your learning will be ‘on the job’ with an assessor from the College coming to visit your place of work to check the practical skills you have learnt.  There may be a requirement to visit Hadlow College from time to time for specific elements, but this will be kept to a minimum.

What  will I study?

One of the things which makes an apprenticeship at Hadlow College special are the extra skills we give you.  All of our apprenticeship programmes includes an additional learning goal which is relevant to your employer and industry.  This could be a pesticide application certificate, how to correctly use hand-held applicators or one of our other short courses.  

Your apprenticeship will also include:

  • The main qualification
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Functional skills (English and Maths))
  • First aid at work
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities workbook

What are the career options?

Apprenticeships offer a lot of choices in your career and, because they give you the skills which employers want, they can also be incredibily rewarding.  Successful completion of an intermediate and advanced apprenticeship will give you valuable credits which can be used against future HNC, foundation degree or honours degree programmes.

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