APPRENTICESHIPS - IT'S WHAT WE DO


WHAT ARE APPRENTICESHIPS? 

Apprenticeships are real jobs with real employers. As an apprentice, you'll work with an employer from your chosen profession. You'll become a member of the team and be trained by industry professionals.

Apprenticeships are a mix of work and training, so you'll spend time in employment as well as time studying to equip you with work-related skills, relevant knowledge and a nationally recognised qualification. 

Each apprenticeship vacancy is set by the employer. Some may require more qualifications than others. Although some apprenticeships will not require you to have any prior qualifications, you will be expected to demonstrate a great attitude, enthusiasm for the role, along with a strong work ethic.

WHAT WILL I GET PAID?

The average salary for an apprentice in the North East is £140 per week. Some employers will pay more, and some will pay less, but no less than the national minimum wage.  

WHEN DO I COME TO COLLEGE?

This will depend on the type of apprenticeship you are studying and your employer. In some cases, you’ll spend four days at work and one day at college. For others, you may spend several weeks at work and a week with us. Regardless of your apprenticeship you will still receive support and guidance from your work based tutor, who will be on hand throughout your apprenticeship.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER AN APPRENTICESHIP?

Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you will have the skills, knowledge and industry experience to secure your dream job in your chosen field. The majority of our apprentices stay in employment with many staying with their apprentice employer. If you would like to continue with your studies, you can also progress on to the next level of apprenticeship or start a foundation degree or HND – many of which are part time so you can continue earning.

WHAT HOLIDAYS WILL I GET?

You’ll get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.

HOW LONG WILL MY APPRENTICESHIP BE?

This will depend on the type of apprenticeship. They can vary from 12 months to four years.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Assessments will take place throughout your apprenticeship. These will be completed by your work-based assessor, who will visit you regularly in the workplace. When you have finished your apprenticeship you will be awarded a grade based on your performance.

I DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT ENGLISH AND MATHS GCSE GRADES?

Don’t worry – whatever apprenticeship you choose, you can also study a functional skills qualification. Functional skills run alongside your apprenticeship and give you the chance to achieve your grades in maths and English.


You can study an apprenticeship at various levels which include: 

Intermediate Apprenticeship, Level 2 - This apprenticeship is the same level as GCSEs

Advanced Apprenticeship, Level 3 - This apprenticeship is the same level as A levels

Higher Apprenticeship, Level 4 or above - This apprenticeship is the same as a foundation degree or above.


To view our apprenticeship offer, visit our apprenticeship guide here.

For more information about apprenticeships contact apprenticeships@tynecoast.ac.uk or call 0191 427 3696.

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