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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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We have vacancies available in a variety of industries including: Dental Nursing, Engineering, Maintenance Operations, Childcare, Creative and Digital Media, Business and Administration, IT, and Health and Social Care. Contact us on (01206) 712412 or email to find out more and get your career off to a flying start.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within the Faculty of Construction & Engineering Technologies at Colchester Institute.  Due to rapid expansion and an industry skills shortage TES2000, a Colchester based railway engineering company, require up to 40 individuals to be employed as apprentices within their company over the next 12 months. Working with Colchester Institute, a screening and training programme has been devised.  

There have already been five successful programmes and we are now looking to run a sixth cohort in October 2016.

Initially, candidates will attend college for three days a week  (Mon, Weds & Thurs) over a six week period studying on a City & Guilds L1 Certificate in Engineering and a half a day a week on a Friday with TES2000 gaining work experience and additional training.  During this programme candidates will be continually monitored, for commitment, attitude and work ethic. At the end of the 6 week programme candidates will be given the opportunity to attend a job interview with TES2000 (which will include a Medical and Drug & Alcohol screening) and those who are successful will progress to an employed position with TES2000 as an apprentice with further study to Level 2.


  • The sixth programme is due to start on 31 October 2016
  • You will be provided with overalls, boots  and safety glasses
  • Number of hours to attend College each week will be 21 (contact time 18) including lunch and breaks
  • Number of weeks to work on the programme will be six
  • You must be over the age of 18 on the 1st January 2017 due to rail industry H & S requirements
  • You must have a good standard of general education
  • Successful completion of the programme will secure you a job interview with TES2000
  • This course will not affect any benefits received from the DWP
  • You may be entitled with help for travel cost

At the end of the course, assuming you have completed and passed all the units, you will also receive a City & Guilds L1 Certificate in Engineering.

Spaces are limited so please contact me to register your interest on the e mail or phone number below.

Teresa Bishop

Office: 01206 712990

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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.

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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
What is an Apprenticeship?
What can we do for you?
What will my apprentice learn?
How is the Apprenticeship funded?
Employer Incentive (AGE 16 to 24)

Are you ready for the apprenticeship levy?

From April 2017 the way that government funds apprenticeships in England will be changing. All businesses operating within the UK with a wage bill of over £3million will be required to contribute to the apprenticeship levy.

  • If the levy applies to your business you will be required to pay 0.5% of your entire wage bill into the levy. This will be offset against a levy allowance worth £15,000 for each tax year.
  • You will only be able to use your levy payment for government backed apprenticeships.
  • Levy payments will expire after 18months.

Speak to an advisor at CI Business Solutions on 01206 712 727 to make your levy payments work for you.

As the largest college provider of apprenticeships in Essex, we can provide expert advice and guidance on all areas of apprenticeship provision, including helping you find the right apprenticeship for your business, recruiting apprentices, quality delivery and assessment with on-going support and advice.

The apprenticeship levy – your questions answered

What is the apprenticeship levy?
How is the apprenticeship levy calculated?
How the does the £15,000 allowance work?
Government top-ups to the funds in your digital account
How will I pay the levy?
Digital apprenticeship service
Employers who already pay into an existing industry levy scheme
How will the apprenticeship levy operate in Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland?
How long do I have to spend the funds in my digital account before they expire?
What can I spend apprenticeship funding on?
Is there support for employing 16 to 18-year-old apprentices?
What other support is available for employers?
What if I use up all my levy account?
What are the rules for Non Levy paying Employers?
What are Apprenticeship Funding bands?
Agreeing a price for an Apprenticeship – from April 2017

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