Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Sign In Navigate Up
Boston College > Services for Business > Apprenticeships

 Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships-logo.jpg 

 

An Apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training in the workplace, and classroom or workshop based learning at College. It will provide you with job-specific skills for your chosen career, a wage, a nationally recognised qualification that is related to the job, and the opportunity to improve your English, maths and IT skills, if required.

 

Is an Apprenticeship right for you?

If you are about to leave school and like the idea of getting straight into work, or if you are already working and need to secure a qualification to back up your experience, or to help you progress your existing career, an Apprenticeship could be for you!

 

Through Boston College you can study a huge variety of Apprenticeships in the following industries:

> Accounting

> Animal Care

> Beauty Therapy

> Bricklaying

> Business

> Carpentry and Joinery

> Catering and Hospitality

> Computing

> Construction

> Early Years

> Electrical

> Engineering

> Hairdressing

> Health and Social Care

> Motor Vehicle

> Plumbing

> Teaching

 

'Become an Apprentice' Course Guide

Read our 'Become an Apprentice' course guide, to find out more about Apprenticeships and how Boston College can help you to get where you want to be!

 

Our current Apprenticeship vacancies

Our Apprenticeship vacancies are always being updated so don't forget to check our current vacancies list each week.

 
​​​​​
 
 

Traineeships

If you like the sound of an Apprenticeship but would like to get more experience first, then a Traineeship course could be a great starting point for you - they are designed to prepare young people for the world of work, and are a great stepping stone between leaving school and applying for an Apprenticeship.

Traineeships are available in many industry areas, and are completed over a flexible period of six weeks to six months - split between Boston College attendance and work experience. They are available for 16-24 year olds, with qualifications lower than Level 3.

 

Traineeships-Website.jpg ​​​​​​​​​​

Case studies

Lewis Smith

I’m currently an Apprentice Baker at the Shrub and Grub. Read more...

Dominic Ford

I chose to go straight in to an Apprenticeship instead of staying in full time education because I wanted to learn practical skills from on-the-job training. Read more...

Department news

Boston College Apprentices gain the Barry and Peggy High Scholarship

Boston College Apprentices have earned scholarships under the Barry & Peggy High Scholarship Foundation.

Read more...

 

 

Employ an Apprentice...

 

Hiring an Apprentice will allow your business to develop an employee to work to your standards and follow your own tried and tested working methods. The results is a focused, skilled and qualified member of the team, who can strengthen the workforce and help take your business forward.
 
Visit our 'Employ an Apprentice' page to find out more information on how to employ an Apprentice with Boston College.
 
 

 

Become-an-Apprentice---How-to.jpg
You can train through an Apprenticeship with your current employer and base your training around your current job role. You need to be working within a relevant industry for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

You can contact our Apprenticeship Team yourself for more information, or your employer can do this directly on 01205 313218 or email info@boston.ac.uk
You will need to find a suitable Apprenticeship job within a relevant industry for a minimum of 30 hours a week. Our Apprenticeship Team can match you to their existing employer vacancies, and will give you information about the training and qualification.

To find out more and keep up-to-date with the latest vacancies, call 01205 313218 or email info@boston.ac.uk

A list of current vacancies is also listed on the left hand side of this page and on www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
You can apply for your Apprenticeship at College by filling in an application form in one of the following ways

1) Apply online
2) Contact the Boston College information line on 01205 313218, or email info@boston.ac.uk, to request a form to be sent in the post

Your Questions Answered...

 

Q: How old do you have to be?

A: You need to be at least 16 years old by the time an Apprenticeship. There's no age limit - an adult can train as an Apprentice too.

 

Q: How much will I earn?

A: The current minimum wage for an Apprentice is £3.40 per hour but employers can, and often do, pay more. This rate applies to Apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over  who are in their first years. All other Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

 

Q: What are the entry requirements?

A: You may need up to five GCSEs at grade A*-C - including English and maths. Entry requirements vary between individual Apprenticeships - please see detailed course information on our website.

 

Q: Where will my Apprenticeship be based?

A: The majority of Apprenticeships are based in the workplace and include one day a week at College, however some are 100% work-based. Please see individual course information on our website.

 

Q: What support do Apprentices received?

A: As an Apprentice you will receive support from your employee, your lecturer at Boston College if your course involved College attendance, and you will also have an Assessor from College who will visit you in the workplace to support your progress.

 

Q: How much will it cost?

A: As an Apprentice it won't cost you anything. Your employer may have to pay towards your training as well as providing you with a wage but there are grants available to help them.

 

Q: Where do I start when searching for an Apprenticeship and job vacancy?

A: The Advisers within our Apprenticeship Team are able to support you to choose the right Apprenticeship for you, and can also help you ti find a relevant job vacancy - they have vacancies waiting! They can also provide CV support if you need it.

 

Q: I've already got a job, can I still do an Apprenticeship?

A: Definitely - if your employer agrees you can become an Apprentice where you work now. You can contact our Apprenticeship Team yourself for more information, or your employer can do this directly.

 

Q: Will I get holiday pay?

A: You will be entitled to the same conditions as other employees working at similar grades or in similar roles, including; paid annual leave, sick pay, and company benefits.

 

Q: How long does an Apprenticeship take?

A: It will depend on the individual Apprenticeship but it could take as little as 1 year, or up to 4 years.

 

Q: Who do I contact for more information?

A: Contact the information line at Boston College for everything you need - call 01205 313218 or email info@boston.ac.uk