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John Ruskin College has an established Apprenticeship provision and is currently working with a range of potential Levy-paying employers (if their annual pay bill is over £3million), using the Apprenticeship Levy model so it can continue to deliver an exciting variety of Apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to Earn as you Learn, build your skills and increase your employment opportunities. Your Employer will support your training and pay you at least the hourly National minimum wage.


An Apprenticeship can offer you the opportunity to work, earn a wage and learn your skills on the job. If you are already working with a Levy Employer we can work with your Employer to help you upskill or become an Apprentice. The following are some of the benefits of becoming an Apprentice:

  • Earning a wage
  • Gaining a qualification
  • Receiving quality and current training standards
  • Gaining a skill and knowledge in your work’s industry
  • Meeting new people and developing new opportunities
  • Starting on a career path
  • Progressing to the next level in your chosen career

As an Apprentice you will normally work a minimum of 30 hours with an employer, learning about the job and earning a wage, which will be a minimum of £3.70 an hour. 20% of your time should be off job training.

Most Employers pay more than the National minimum wage and the average wage is between £150.00 to £180.00 per week. On some programmes you will attend College for one day a week over one to three years depending on the vocational area that you want to work.

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 your 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
    They offer a new work-based route into professions which have traditionally been the preserve of graduates.

Apprenticeship Standards are made up of a number of components:

Apprenticeship Standards components

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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.