Our apprenticeship programmes let students get straight into the world of work. They are run by our apprenticeship division, Activate Apprenticeships, working across all Activate Learning colleges.
Being an apprentice allows people to learn on the job, build up knowledge and skills, gain a nationally recognised qualification and earn money – all at the same time.
We know that businesses who offer apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development.
According to the British Chambers of Commerce, most employers take on an apprentice to improve the skills base within their business. According to the National Apprenticeship Service, nearly every employer that takes on an apprentice (96%) reports benefits to their business, with 72% of businesses reporting improved productivity.
Other benefits for employers include improved products or services, the introduction of new ideas to the business, improved staff morale and better staff retention.
More and more industries are training their staff through apprenticeships. As with any other training path there is clear progression from intermediate (Level 2) and advanced (Level 3) apprenticeships to higher apprenticeships, which are degree level equivalent qualifications.
Apprentices are employed and paid by their company and spend one or two days a week at the college learning extra skills including English, maths and IT. Some apprenticeships are delivered entirely in the workplace.
Our apprenticeship division, Activate Apprenticeships, works with a wide network of companies across the region to offer apprenticeship training in:
- Business and enterprise
- Care, childcare and health
- Computing and ICT
- Hair and beauty
- Hospitality and catering
- Motor vehicle
- Sport and sport science