What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a way to learn and earn in a real job, gaining a real qualification while working. The minimum wage for apprentices is currently £5.28 per hour. The national minimum wage (NMW) for apprentices is £5.28 per hour. The apprentice NMW applies to apprentices aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. This is the legal minimum pay per hour, most receive more. Over the age of 19 the hourly rate increases to the minimum wage for your age band. You will work with an employer four days per week and spend one day training at the College or in your workplace working towards your qualification.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over 16 who knows what work they want to do but need the skills and experience in the workplace to get there. They are recognised by employers as a mark of high quality and consistent training.

What's in it for me?

Apprenticeships have a number of advantages over A-Levels or other vocational routes, including:

  • Earning a real wage
  • Being trained in the skills employers want
  • Real, hands on, experience
  • Quicker progression routes
  • Being supported by a mentor
  • Holiday pay

What can I do an apprenticeship in?

We offer apprenticeships in the following areas:

Autocare Technician


Business Administrator

Carpentry and Joinery - Site and Bench

Early Years Educator

Engineering @ SWDT

Hair Professional – Hairdressing

Hair Professional – Barbering

Advanced and Creative Hair Professional

Motor Vehicle Service & Maintenance Technician

Painter and Decorator

Teaching Assistant

Team Leader/Supervisor

If you require any more information please contact our apprenticeships team on 01388 436804 or email

How can I find an apprenticeship?

We advertise all our apprenticeship vacancies online here. Once you have applied, we will invite you to attend an interview.

There are lots of switched on employers looking for switched on apprentices. You can also start the ball rolling by applying to companies whilst still at school with a view to being taken on as an apprentice once you leave. They may also want you to do some work experience before leaving school. The College can assist you to find a job, but it makes sense to start applying soon. If you secure a job, the College will work with you and your employer to begin your apprenticeship as soon as possible.

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Information for Employers

Apprenticeship Post Levy

At Bishop Auckland College we can:

  • Help you implement the Levy programme whilst also fully supporting your organisation with our Managed Support Services.
  • Support your business with the Next Steps and manager the levy process for you.
  • Help you understand all you need to know about the Apprenticeship Levy, how it will affect your business and how to utilise the changes to positively impact on your workforce development.

Find out more here

Workforce Development

We are dedicated to providing employees, regardless of age, with the skills and knowledge relevant to their job role. We assist employers in building and training a skilled, motivated workforce. Our work-based learning programmes are an excellent way to support with this.

Find out about our Qualifications over 26 sectors - our training courses are individually tailored to meet the needs of our clients and delivered by our sector qualified assessors. By working in partnership we can provide high-quality training that will be rewarded with nationally recognised qualifications.

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