Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to improve and grow your skillset. Offering you the chance to gain real-world experience and a nationally recognised qualification.

Apprenticeships at Totton College provide you with an opportunity to earn whilst you learn. We enable you to combine practical experience with leading vocational teaching, supporting you throughout your training.

Combining the best of two worlds, apprentices can gain first-hand experience four days a week with an employer, and one day in college.

Other benefits include:

  • Course fees are paid by the employer
  • Valuable on-the-job experience
  • Tailored tutorials around your chosen subject area

We offer a wide range of apprenticeships, designed to support your career ambitions. You can choose from:

  • Business administration and customer service
  • Hair and beauty
  • Health and social care
  • Logistics and warehousing
  • Marketing
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance

Who can do an apprenticeship?

If you’re a UK resident, aged 16 or over and not in full-time education, you can apply for an apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships are free for the student, as your employer will need to contribute towards the cost to access, but your employer may need to make a contribution to the cost of the training element of the apprenticeship; this varies based on the size of the employer and the content and complexity of the learning.

Apprenticeship levels explained

You can undertake an apprenticeship from Level 2 (Intermediate) right up to Level 7 (Higher). After you finish school it is likely you will enrol on a Level 2 or Level 3 apprenticeship and then work your way up through the different levels.

More details about levels can be found here.

How can I apply for an apprenticeship?

To do an apprenticeship, it is necessary to find an employer willing to take on an apprentice. You can do this by:

  • Search for vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Service website here
  • Looking for employers willing to take on an apprentice independently. Your local council, nearby colleges and career services may be able to help with finding an employer who is likely to do this.

What should I do if I’m already employed?

If you are employed already and your employer has agreed to you undertaking an apprenticeship call us on 023 8087 4874 or email us on apprenticeships@totton.ac.uk .

We will invite you to come to the College to meet the team and have an interview and initial assessment. This will help us to gauge if an apprenticeship is the right route for you and what the appropriate level is for you.

You can apply for an apprenticeship without an employer but you will need to secure an employed position for 30+ hours before you start the programme.

What should I do if I’m not employed?

If you are not employed, you should research the industry you are interested in and:

  • look at the job role
  • make sure your CV is up-to-date
  • look at the requirements for the qualification to check if you meet the entry criteria for the programme that interests you

How much will I get paid?

The minimum wage for an apprentice is currently £3.70 per hour, although the national average apprentice wage for a typical 16-18 year old is between £140-£200 per week. For age 19+, the weekly wage can be higher, depending on previous experience, job role and previous qualifications.

Totton College Apprenticeships and Community Adult Provision

The following table provides an overview of the provisions Totton College offers:

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Contact us

For more information please contact our Apprenticeship Team

Tel: 023 8087 4874
Email: apprenticeships@totton.ac.uk