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  • Earn a wage
  • Gain a qualification
  • Receive quality and current training standards
  • Gain a skill and knowledge in your work’s industry
  • Meet new people and develop new opportunities
  • Start on a career path

An Apprenticeship can offer you the opportunity to get into work, earn a wage and learn your skills on the job. John Ruskin College can help you find the right Apprenticeship Programme and employer that suits you. If you already have an employer, we can work with your employer to help you become an Apprentice.

During your apprenticeship your qualification will be delivered by John Ruskin College (either at college or in the workplace), by our very experienced , highly qualified and friendly Trainers and Assessors, who will support you throughout your time as an apprentice and make sure you get the absolute most out of it.

The big draw for most apprentices is the regular wage. As you’re doing real work for real employers, you get paid. You will also be entitled to paid holidays, like any other employee. With the independence of employment and the security of training becoming an apprentice really is a win-win situation.

As an Apprentice you will normally work full-time with a local employer learning about the job and earning a wage, which is currently a minimum of £2.73 an hour. Most employers pay more and the average wage is from £150.00 to £180.00 per week. On most programmes you will attend College for one day a week over two or three years depending on the vocational area that you want to work.

Each apprenticeship normally comprises of the following areas.

  • Knowledge element: This is the technical certificate and covers the theory side of 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 John Ruskin College skills officer to check that you are putting all that you learn at college into practice within the workplace.
  • Functional skills: This area covers English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mathematics and the skills 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.

You must complete all the different areas shown above to successfully complete your apprenticeship training.

There are three main levels of apprenticeship and these are:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship – This involves working towards a suite of qualifications at level 2 and provides the foundation skills that you require to become a professional within you chosen area of work.
  • Advanced Apprenticeship – This involves working towards a suite of qualifications at Level 3 and normally involves taking on a supervisory role within the workplace.
  • Higher Apprenticeships – This involves working towards a suite of qualifications at Level 4 and above.



  • Be over 16 at the start of the programme
  • Have been living in the UK/EU for 3 years before starting your apprenticeship
  • Have completed year 11 at school and not already on a full time course
  • Meet the entry requirements for the apprenticeships chosen which are:
    Level 2 – 4 GCSEs at Grade D or above including Maths and English.
    Level 3 – Intermediate Apprenticeship Framework or  4 GCSEs at Grade C or above including Maths and English
  • Level 4 – Advanced Apprenticeship Framework
  • Have an employer who will pay you as an apprentice and offer you no less than 30 hours a week work.


The hardest part of securing an apprenticeship is finding an employer. As part of your interview session at the College we will provide you with a jobseekers booklet to give you all the information that you need on writing a C.V, completing job applications and preparing for an interview, so that you have all the tools that you need to go out and secure an apprenticeship placement. You will also liaise directly with a dedicated skills recruiter who will support you in the process of looking for an employer.

  • Register your  details with the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)
    – Click on Search for Vacancies (on the home page)
    – Register your details by clicking “Register now” link under “New User?” heading.
    Then create username and password. Remember to keep your username and password safe. You will receive a confirmation email sent to your inbox; you must click on the link in the email to activate your account. This link will open a window to your “MyHome” page.
  • Create your “MyHome” page
    Your “MyHome” page is your secure place and you can use it to:
    – Search for Apprenticeship vacancies and save search results
    – Log your areas of interest (e.g. Hairdressing, IT)
    – Manage your applications
  • Search for your match
    Search for Apprenticeships that match your interests by:
    – Occupation/job role
    – Employer
    – Keyword
    – Learning provider (e.g. John Ruskin College)
    – Location/postcode (e.g. Croydon)
  • Browse your results
    You can click on any of the listed vacancies for more information. Each listing gives detailed information about the job, including the employer, training, pay and the qualifications you will be working towards. You can save your results, so they are easy to access at any time, or start a new search.
  • Have control of your career
    When you have found the job you want, it is easy to apply for. You will find the application form is simple, secure and reusable, so you can respond to as many vacancies as you like, and you will be able to save your applications.

Oyster Card 30% Discount for Apprentices

Please follow this link to the TfL webpage to obtain a discount Oyster card if you are over 18 years old and are eligible to apply.


If you are interested in doing an apprenticeship, then the next step is to apply online or come into college and apply.

How to Apply

For more information contact the Apprenticeship Team:

Telephone: 0208 651 1131 ext 127



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As part of its funding agreement with the Skills Funding Agency, John Ruskin College vocational courses are part or fully funded by the European Social Fund.