If you like practical learning, want to earn a wage and get into the world of work, then an apprenticeship could be the right choice for you.

Apprenticeships are a mix of work, training and skills. You’ll have a job with an employer and be a real member of their team, trained in a specific role.

You’ll also spend time at Gateshead College where you’ll receive up to date training that’s relevant to your job and complete coursework to get you your qualifications.

An apprenticeship is paid work – you’ll receive a weekly wage of around £170 a week.

Sound good?

Find out more in our Apprenticeship Guide or check our apprenticeship vacancies here.

You can also register for apprenticeship alerts so when an apprenticeship becomes available you’ll be the first to know.

Apprenticeship facts

  • After an apprenticeship 7 out of 10 learners get a permanent job with their employer.
  • Almost a quarter of all apprentices who secure a permanent job are then promoted within 12 months.
  • Apprenticeships go up to Level 4+ which is equivalent to an honours degree, and Level 4 is equivalent to a foundation degree.

* Source: DfE Apprenticeship Core Brief – November 2016

No longer just for the traditional trades, apprenticeships can be the starting point for a wide range of careers:

  • We offer training in:
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Bricklaying
  • Bus & Coach Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Business Improvement Techniques
  • Building Maintenance
  • Community Arts
  • Creative & Digital Media
  • Cultural & Heritage Venues
  • Customer Service
  • Driving Goods Vehicles
  • Electrical Installation
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Maintenance
  • Hairdressing
  • Health & Social Care
  • Hospitality & Catering
  • IT
  • Live Events & Promotion
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Music Business
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing & Heating
  • Rail
  • Retail
  • Social Media & ICT
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Team Leading
  • Technical Theatre
  • Vehicle Body Repair & Paint
  • Vehicle Maintenance
  • Warehousing, Storage & Logistics
  • Working with Children & Young People

Apprenticeships give you the chance to study for qualifications that are valued by employers.

Alex Fife - Electronic Technician, Nissan

Apprenticeship FAQs

An apprenticeship is a mix of work and training

As an apprentice, you’ll have a job with an employer where you’ll work as a member of their team and be trained to do a specific role by your colleagues or supervisor. You’ll also spend time with Gateshead College staff developing skills and knowledge relevant to your chosen job.

Yes. Apprenticeships are becoming more relevant to the industry you are working in. You’ll learn skills and behaviours specific to the career you have chosen, as well as English, maths and, for some apprenticeships, ICT.

Yes. Apprenticeships are now available from level 2 through to masters degree level.

School leavers can start on a Level 2 or Level 3 apprenticeship, depending on your exam results, experience and the kind of candidate the employer is looking for.

The average salary is £170 per week. Some employers will pay more than this, some will pay less, but no less than a set national minimum wage. The salary will be advertised with the job.

Yes. You will be entitled to a minimum of 20 days holiday, plus 8 statutory days such as Bank Holidays.

The entry requirements will be set by the employer advertising the apprenticeship. For some high level apprenticeships you may need GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and maths.

Some apprenticeships will not require you to have any prior qualifications, but will expect you to demonstrate a great attitude.

If you don’t meet the entry qualifications for English and maths, don’t panic. You can start on a full time vocational qualification with us and we’ll help you gain the grades you need. Then when you’re ready, you can apply for an apprenticeship.

It depends upon the type of apprenticeship and can vary from 12 months to four years.

Assessments will take place during your apprenticeship and at the end. You will then be awarded a grade based on your performance.

At Gateshead College we offer a range of introductory training courses and pre-apprenticeships which are designed to give you the skills you need to progress onto an apprenticeship. For more information call 0191 490 2246.

This will depend on the type of apprenticeship you do. For some apprenticeships, you’ll spend four days in work and one day with us. For others, you might spend several weeks in work, then spend a week at college.

With a CV bursting with work experience and ‘job ready’ skills, you’ll be ideally placed to secure a job in your chosen field following an apprenticeship. The majority of apprentices stay in employment with two thirds staying with their apprentice employer. Or you can progress onto a foundation degree or HND, many of which can be studied part time so you can continue to work.

Yes. Some apprenticeships attract UCAS points or lead to foundation degrees and HNDs which enable you to progress on to a full honours
degree programme at university.