Information for students and parents

An apprenticeship is a full time job that allows you to earn money and gain experience in your chosen sector, while gaining industry-recognised qualifications that will help you to progress in your career.

Apprenticeships are a great alternative to the traditional A-level route. They are designed for those who are keen to start their careers early in their preferred industry. You will work closely with professionals on a day-to-day basis and will be assigned an assessor by Totton College to help you though your coursework or exams (depending on qualification).

Benefits include:

  • Course fees are paid by the employer
  • A chance to work for a local or national business
  • 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

Apprenticeship levels explained

You can undertake an apprenticeship from Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSEs) right up to Level 7 (equivalent to a university masters degree). After you finish school it is likely you will enrol on a Level 2 or Level 3 apprenticeship. Upon completion you will then be able to progress to the higher levels through a degree apprenticeship.

More details about levels can be found here.

On average, those who achieve a level 2 apprenticeship earning around 11% more per year, and those completing a level 3 qualification could see their earning increase by 16% respectively.

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.

How can I apply for an apprenticeship?

You can view all of our current apprenticeship vacancies here, or you can speak to one of our apprenticeship specialists by emailing or calling 023 8087 4874.

Alternatively, you can:

  • 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 does an apprentice get paid?

The minimum wage for an apprentice is currently £4.15 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 provides an overview of the provisions Totton College offers:

  • Team Leader/ Supervisor
  • Business Administrator
  • I.T & Telecoms
  • Hair Professional
  • Retailer
  • Customer Service Practitioner
  • Supply Chain Operator
  • Supply Chain Warehouse Operative
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Early Years Educator
  • Learning and Development Practitioner
  • Lead Adult Care Worker
  • Adult Care Worker

Contact us

For more information please contact our Apprenticeship Team

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

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