At New College Swindon we are passionate about Apprenticeships. We offer a wide range of business, professional and industry Apprenticeships and are currently developing new Apprenticeships for 2021/2022.
100% of our Apprentices and 97% of our Employers graded our provision as ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ in recent reviews.
“I love my Apprenticeship. There are so many different routes available for people now and I would highly recommend doing an Apprenticeship to everyone.”
“Since starting the qualification I have realised the amount of work that goes on at a pre-school and the work they do to keep children safe.”
“I would recommend that everyone considers doing an Apprenticeship as long as it is right for you, apply and see how you get on!”
“It’s been challenging but the support from my college and my work at the theatre department in Great Western Hospital has been amazing.”
“I’ve come to the realisation that you need to ignore stereotypes and focus on yourself, do what truly makes you happy.”
“Once you start learning and being able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that you have learned it’s a great feeling.”
“This opportunity has allowed me to meet new people and make friends through a process that we can all go through together.”
“I know that when I complete the Apprenticeship I will be a step ahead of others who will be applying for a job at the company.”
“The College have been magnificent to me, the course has been great and the teachers have been amazing.”
“For me, starting from scratch is the best thing to do and now I can learn and develop the skills required for this role.”
James Eastham previously completed a Level 3 Infrastructure Technician Apprenticeship through New College and is currently working towards his Level 4 as a Network Engineer Apprentice at St John’s Marlborough.
“For me, an Apprenticeship is the perfect stepping stone to university. The classroom-based sessions go into a lot of detail and depth and the teaching is great. I plan to study Software Engineering for Business at UWE once I complete my Apprenticeship, my aim is to code the future!”
The minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour. If you are over 19, you can only be paid this in your first year. In your second year, you must be paid the minimum wage for your age. Many apprentices are paid much more than the minimum wage though, with salaries of £18k a year or more, depending on industry type and level.
An apprentice will need to work a minimum of 30 hours per week.
This will depend on the subject you study; usually it’s once per week for a half or full day. Some however, are once a fortnight.
No, your College sessions are included in your working week.
The taught sessions are part of your working week, so you’re paid for being in College.
Not necessarily, you can do Functional Skills in Maths/English as part of your apprenticeship. As long as you can show you will be able to achieve them during the apprenticeship.
• Level 2 is the equivalent to a GCSE
• Level 3 is the equivalent to an A Level
• Level 4/5 is on par with a foundation degree
• Level 2 = 12-15 months
• Level 3/4 = 18-24 months
• Level 5 = 24+ months
You are hired on an employment contract for the duration of your apprenticeship. On the adverts there will be information about future opportunities, which could include progression to a higher apprenticeship or a permanent job opportunity.