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About apprenticeships

If you want to get straight in to employment, earn money and learn the practical skills and knowledge, then an apprenticeship could be the next step for your future.

Our apprenticeships are offered under our Tyne Coast College brand. Created in August 2017 following the merger of South Tyneside College with Tyne Metropolitan College, being part of a bigger, better, stronger college has enabled us to grow our apprenticeship offer, from our range of courses to the extensive array of employers we work with.

Unlimited prospects

An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work for an employer, earn a salary AND and gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours required in your chosen sector. Our apprenticeships are delivered in partnership with employers, so you can be sure all aspects of your programme are focused on giving you job-ready skills and experience. Our apprenticeships cover a range of sectors and are suitable for a range of levels and abilities – you can even study to degree level.

How much can you earn?

You will be paid at least the National Apprenticeship Minimum wage however, some employers choose to pay more. You are entitled to a minimum of 20 days of paid holidays a year, plus bank holidays.

What are the benefits?

  • Receive training and gain new knowledge, skills and behaviours while being paid and receive the same benefits as your work colleagues.
  • Develop the knowledge skills and behaviours that are needed for you to succeed in your chosen career.
  • Work with experts who understand the industry you have chosen and have experience they can pass on to you.
  • 20% of your apprenticeship will be dedicated to off-the-job-training where you will spend time developing your confidence and the knowledge required to complete your apprenticeship.

Our Apprenticeship subjects

  • Accounting
  • Beauty
  • Bricklaying
  • Business
  • Administration
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Computing
  • Customer Services
  • Digital Marketing
  • Early Years (Childcare)
  • Electrical Installation
  • Engineering Fabrication and Welding
  • Hairdressing
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Interior Systems Management and Team Leading
  • Marine Port Operations Officer
  • Marketing Motor Vehicle
  • Marine Pilot Painting and Decorating
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Port Marine Officer
  • Sport
  • Teaching Assistant



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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?

You will be paid at least the National Apprenticeship Minimum wage however, some employers choose to pay more.

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 or assessor, who will be on hand throughout your Apprenticeship. You will also have access to all college facilities, regardless of your working pattern. 

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.

How will I get my qualification?

A work-based tutor will support you throughout your Apprenticeship, regularly visit your workplace to perform assessments and will award you a grade based on performance.

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.

What levels are available when studying an Apprenticeship?

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.

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