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    For those who do want to train whilst in employment, Easton and Otley College offer a wide range of apprenticeships to choose from.

    Apprenticeships are a chance to earn a qualification and obtain key skills, knowledge and behaviours specific to the industry in which you wish to work. Apprenticeship are also a great opportunity to earn a wage at the same time. If you live in England, are 16+ and not in full time education you could apply.

    For those who do want to train whilst in employment, Easton and Otley College offer a wide range of apprenticeships to choose from. With an apprenticeship you'll learn both in the workplace and at college, building up the skills, knowledge and behaviours while gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time.

    Easton and Otley College is committed to providing all apprentices with a consistently high level of support throughout their learning programme to help them achieve their full potential.

    There are over 85,000 employers offering apprenticeships in more than 130,000 locations and there are more than 250 types of apprenticeships available.

    What sort of apprenticeships do you offer?

    We offer apprenticeships in a variety of sectors which complement our further education and short/commercial courses;

    • Agriculture
    • Land-based engineering
    • Equine
    • Building & Construction
    • Countryside Management
    • Horticulture
    • Sports, Fitness & Leisure
    • Transportation Operations & Maintenance
    • Vet Nursing

    Contact us to find out more

    Email connect@eastonotley.ac.uk or Call 08000 224556 Click here to see a list of the apprenticeships we currently offer.

    Click here to see a list of our current vacancies.

    More information can be found for employers or parents, including details of accommodation we can offer during your block release if required.

    Or please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team.

    At Easton and Otley College we spend time with you to carry out an initial assessment of your knowledge, skills and behaviours before completing an individual learning plan with you and your employer. You will be trained at your employer's workplace, and then depending on the type of apprenticeship you will either attend college on a day or block release programme. Alternatively it may be delivered entirely in the workplace.

    A training co-ordinator will be allocated to you and will visit you in the workplace. They have the expertise to guide and support you through your programme and they will ensure that your employer is kept informed of your progress.

    What is expected of me?

    You need to be focused on the career you want and show dedication, commitment and a professional attitude towards your job and your apprenticeship. You will be expected to maintain normal working hours with your employer to earn your wage. Your employer will provide you with sufficient time to complete your apprenticeship. You will also need to show commitment to both on-the-job and off-the-job training as this will support you to achieve your qualifications.

    At the end of your apprenticeship you will have gained practical experience, skills and knowledge from your chosen type of employment - all things that will help give you the edge in the job market. An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised qualification which can be used to progress quickly within the workplace or to access further or higher education.

    As an academic qualification, apprenticeships ideally require maths and English GCSE grades 9 - 4 (A*- C). However employers will be looking for a variety of skills and attributes and may impose their own entry requirements for their apprentices.

    What is the eligibility criteria?

    • You must be living in England and not be taking part in full-time education
    • You must be aged 16 or over and have reached the legal school leaving age

    Is there an upper age limit?

    No. Apprenticeships are suitable and available for anyone aged 16 or over. However, government funding maybe limited for candidates aged 19 or over and an employer contribution maybe required.

    I've already got a job, can I do an apprenticeship?

    Yes as long as the employer agrees you can complete your apprenticeship where you are currently working and entry requirements are satisfied.

    What support will I receive in finding employment to complete an Apprenticeship?

    Easton and Otley College's dedicated staff will help guide you through the application process and give you advice on potential employment opportunities.

    How long do Apprenticeships take?

    Apprenticeship duration can vary dependent on the apprenticeship you wish to undertake. However between 1-3 years is most common.

    Am I entitled to holiday?

    Like most other employees you are entitled to at least 20 days paid holiday per year plus Bank Holidays. Some employers may enhance this entitlement.

    What will it cost me?

    There is no cost to the apprentice. While you are on an apprenticeship programme your employer pays you a wage and supports you whilst you undertake your training. Depending on your age at the start of your apprenticeship programme, your employer may be asked to make a contribution towards the cost of your training.

    Do I get paid?

    Yes apprentices are entitled to be paid an hourly wage which employers have to pay. The apprentice national minimum wage applies to all 16-18 year olds, and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages. https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide/pay-and-conditions

    Do I have to pay tax and national insurance?

    Yes as this is the case for all employees aged 16 and over, apprentices must pay tax and national insurance based on their income and the current personal tax allowance rate.

    For students resident in England and aged 18 and under on 31 August, before they are due to start their course in September, then your full time course fees are fully funded. For students aged 19 and over, and those looking to study a short course, please contact the College Admissions Team for more details on 08000 224556.

    The College Admissions Team will send out letters to all students aged 19 and over, on relevant courses, providing all the information needed from Easton & Otley College to enable you to make an online application with Student Finance England. These letters will be sent out during the summer term.

    At Easton and Otley College we spend time with you to carry out an initial assessment of your knowledge, skills and behaviours before completing an individual learning plan with you and your employer. You will be trained at your employer's workplace, and then depending on the type of apprenticeship you will either attend college on a day or block release programme. Alternatively it may be delivered entirely in the workplace.

    A training co-ordinator will be allocated to you and will visit you in the workplace. They have the expertise to guide and support you through your programme and they will ensure that your employer is kept informed of your progress.

    Yes, we offer a range of livery packages for student's horses. For more information please see the following link or contact;

    Easton Equine Yard Manager - Louise Applegate, 01603 731583

    Easton livery

    Otley Equine Yard Manager - Lucy Wood, 01473784162

    Students aged 19 ( as of 31 August) and above can study any of our part time or short courses as well as our Access to Higher Education and Higher Education programme. Some of floristry, horticulture and arboriculture courses may also be available to adult learners. Please contact the College Admissions Team for more information, 08000 224556. Adult learning

    Yes, you can speak to the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who can provide general course choice advice and guidance or you can drop in to one of our Course Advice Days.

    Course Advice Days are normally held on Saturday morning's from 9am-12pm. They provide an excellent opportunity to speak to course tutors, find out more about the courses we offer, have a tour of the facilities and speak to Student Services about any non academic questions like transport or bursaries. Dates are advertised on our website. Course Advice Day

    We also have our campus open days, known as a 'Big Day Out' which take place in the summer term. Both campuses and facilities are available for you to explore, speak to tutors and students, watch demonstrations and have a go at activities. If you like what you see you can also make an application on the day. Details on the Big Day Out will be advertised on our website nearer the time

    Please see the following links for more information on applying for your bus pass;Easton transport information or Otley transport information

    Please contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 who will be able to advise of any future interview dates and rebook your interview to a suitable date.

    To cancel your application pleae contact the College Admissions Team on 08000 224556 or use the contact us form on our website.

    Applications for accommodation usually open late Spring. For more information pleae see the following link; Student accommodation