Apprenticeships

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Apprenticeships

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

If you are already working for a Levy employer we can work with your employer to help you upskill or become an Apprentice. We can also help you if you already have an offer of an Apprenticeship from a Levy employer.

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.

Why become an Apprentice?

An Apprenticeship can offer you the opportunity to work, earn a wage and learn your skills on the job.

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 the industry you are employed in
  • 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 must be off-the-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 work in.

There are three main levels of Apprenticeship and these are:

  • Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeships
    Designed to build and consolidate knowledge and competence of operational roles within an industry.
  • Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeships
    Perfect for people in a supervisory or managerial role, or for employees looking to attain the skills required to reach a supervisory or managerial level. They cover all aspects of learning designed to support career progression and managerial development.
  • Higher Level 4 Apprenticeships
    They are a workbased route in to higher education.

Apprenticeship Standards are made up of a number of components:

Apprenticeship Standards components


If you are already working for a Levy employer we can work with your employer to help you upskill or become an Apprentice. We can also help you if you already have an offer of an Apprenticeship from a Levy employer. Email us on JRCApprenticeships@johnruskin.ac.uk

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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.