What is an Apprenticeship?

As an apprentice, you will start on a Level 2 programme unless you have suitable knowledge and vocational experience to go onto a higher level course. As of 1st April 2017, the Apprenticeship wage is now £3.50 per hour, which is approximately £105 per week

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.

How do I find an employer?

There are lots of switched on employers looking for switched on Apprentices. A bit of planning and investigation will give you the edge. You can 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.

All you need to know about applying for Apprenticeships

It looks easy – and it can be if you put in the preparation. If you haven’t had much experience at job hunting, don’t worry the College can help with CV preparation and interview techniques.

What happens next?

If you secure a job, the College will work with you and your employer to begin your Apprenticeship as soon as possible. If you do not have a job, you should still apply for an Apprenticeship and we will invite you to attend an interview. It is a good idea to visit the College at one of our Open Evenings.

If you require anymore information please contact our Apprenticeships team on 01388 443000 or email

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.

We can support your business with the Next Steps and manage the levy process for you. We can 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.

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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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