Croydon College

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Apprenticeships

Croydon College is one of' the largest providers of Apprenticeships in South London and one of London’s leading colleges. The College is renowned for providing learners with the real skills needed in their chosen field, delivering excellent results in both academic and vocational courses.

As an apprentice, you will:

1. Earn a wage

2. Gain a qualification

3. Receive quality and current training standards

4. Gain skills and knowledge in your work's industry

As an apprentice, you will work full-time with a local employer learning about the job and earning a wage, which is currently a minimum of £2.68 per hour. On most programmes, you will attend College for one day a week over two or three years depending on your vocational area.

Each Apprenticeship normally comprises of the following areas:

Knowledge element: This is the technical certificate and covers the theory side your work which is delivered when you attend College, so that you can put these newly acquired skills into practice at work.

Competence element: This is the practical side of the programme and is assessed directly within the workplace by a work-based co-ordinator to check that you are putting all that you learn at college into practice within the workplace.

Functional element: This area covers English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mathematics and the level that you cover will depend upon the apprenticeship programme that you choose to study.

Transferable skills: These are the skills that help you develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and your rights as an Employee within the workplace.

Who can do an Apprenticeship?

You have to:

  • Be over 16 at the start of the programme
  • Have been living in the UK/EU for three years before starting your apprenticeship
  • Not be currently in education
  • Have an employer who will pay you as an apprentice and offer you no less than 30 hours a week work.

You will also have to meet the entry requirements, which are:

Level 2 - 4 GCSEs at Grade D or above one being Maths or English or a Level 1 related qualification.  You will also need to achieve English and Maths at Entry Level 3 or above in your initial assessment at the College.

Level 3 - Intermediate Apprenticeship Framework or a minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C or higher, one being English or Maths or a Level 2 vocational course at Merit of higher (if a pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results can also be considered).  You will also need to achieve English and Maths at Level 1 or above in your initial assessment at the College.