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Get a step ahead of the rest with an Apprenticeship at Colchester Institute.
Apprenticeships are increasingly popular and a fantastic way to start or further your career plans. Colchester Institute gives you the opportunity of working whilst earning on one of our new and exciting frameworks, available under the National Apprenticeship Scheme.


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Browse through the categories below to see which courses can be studied as an Apprenticeship.

To apply for an apprenticeship, simply complete the application form. You will need an employer to complete your apprenticeship with. If you do not have an employer ready to take you on, please contact one of our advisors on (01206) 712412 or email for further support on how to find an employer.
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Get a step ahead of the rest with an apprenticeship at Colchester Institute. An apprenticeship is a great way to gain a new qualification whilst getting the skills and experience employers are looking for. We offer apprenticeships in a number of different subjects, each allowing you to complete a training programme specific to your chosen career. With our apprenticeships you may be required to attend college at our Colchester, Braintree or Clacton campus or in some cases we will visit you in the workplace for your training assessment.

What is an Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is your chance to gain valuable work experience whilst completing a nationally recognised qualification. Typically you will be expected to work full-time, with time spent away from the workplace at college to study for your qualification. The best part is that apprentices do real jobs, for real employers so you are paid while you learn. The benefits of an Apprenticeship are:

  • You earn a real wage whilst improving your skills and gaining qualifications.
  • You develop skills and qualifications specific to your chosen career
  • You are entitled to paid holidays
  • You gain valuable work experience

An Apprenticeship is made up of a number of elements, called a framework, that provide you with a combination of practical, technical and employability skills.

An apprenticeship framework is made up of the following elements:

What level can I study at?

Apprenticeships are offered at 4 levels, pre-apprenticeship, intermediate, advanced and higher. On successful completion of your chosen level you have the option to progress to a higher level or to use the skills you have already gained in the world of work.
Most apprenticeships can start at any point during the year providing you satisfy the entry criteria.

An apprenticeship has no set duration as it will depend on what qualification you are studying and the employer’s requirements. On average an intermediate apprenticeship will take a minimum of one year, an advanced apprenticeship will take a minimum of two years and a higher apprenticeship between three and four years to complete.

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Apprenticeships are an excellent way to support your organisation by harnessing new talent or helping to upskill your existing workforce. We offer apprenticeships in a number of different subjects allowing you to select the relevant training to meet your business needs. Your apprentice may be required to visit our Colchester, Braintree or Clacton campus or in some cases training and assessments can be carried out in the workplace. The information provided below is designed to help you to kick start the process of employing an apprentice, although our Apprenticeship advisers are always on hand to answer any further questions you may have.

What is expected of the employer?

When taking on an apprentice, there are certain expectations that must be met by the both the employer and the apprentice. As the employer, you are expected to:

  • Pay the minimum wage for an apprentice
  • Provide a full contract of employment for your apprentice
  • Offer the same benefits package to your apprentice as other employees
  • Arrange for a workplace mentor for your apprentice
  • Deliver a safe working environment
  • Be flexible to allow your apprentice to visit College when appropriate
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Employer Incentive (AGE 16 to 24)

Candidates must be over 16 years of age, not be in full time education and live in England. There are no set entry requirements; each Apprenticeship is different and will require a different set of skills, abilities and prior attainment.

To undertake an Apprenticeship, students must be employed with a contract of employment, therefore candidates should be work ready.

At Colchester Institute we have a dedicated Schools Transition Officer as well as Apprenticeship Advisors, who will provide students with options and support them throughout the course programme.

Success Stories

There is no better way to show our commitment to supporting learners than to introduce some of our past and current success stories. Here we present several case studies from employers who have taken on an apprentice and the apprentices themselves.

Our apprentices have excelled our expectations, with the support from Colchester Institute being a valuable contribution

– Maldon Primary School

Colchester Institute has a reputation for providing excellent training and has continued to deliver courses at the level we require

– FlaktWoods Ltd

It can be an excellent way to grow your company, whilst instilling the skills you want and need for a successful business.

– N.E.C.T.L. Electrical Services

N.E.C.T.L. Electrical Services
Piccolo Moto Ltd
Maldon Primary School
Kiddi Caru Day Nursery
Thai up at the Quay
FläktWoods Limited