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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.

    FAQs

    Once we receive your application for your course we will check your details and any grades/predicted grades to make sure that you meet any entry requirements. The College Admissions Team will then contact you to arrange your interview with a course tutor. If you are successful at your interview then you will be offered a place on your chosen course or if the tutor feels that you may be suited to another course they will advise you of this.

    We will then invite you to attend a Keep in Touch day held in early July where you can come on to campus, meet your tutors and other students hoping to study the same course, gain some campus familiarisation, learn more about your course, do some activities and ask any questions that you may have.

    Enrolment commences once GCSE results are released, you will be sent details regarding completing your enrolment in July, advising of a date and time.

    Once you have successfully completed your enrolment you will receive your timetable and confirmation of your course start date.

    You don't need to let the college know your GCSE results, instead you should attend your enrolment appointment, which will have been sent to you beforehand. Please bring all exam results with you so that we can make sure you have met the entry requirements for your course.

    Don't panic if you haven't got the grades for your chosen course, we will always try and find a suitable course for you. We will be able to offer you an alternative course in the same or similar subject area. We will do this when you attend for your enrolment where there will also be course tutors on hand to speak to you about your course options.

    If you have done better than predicted then we can also change your course offer to the most appropriate level. Again this is all done at enrolment.

    We strongly encourage all students to source their own work placement however we are aware that sometimes this can be difficult. We have work placement coordinators who can help you find your work placement and ensure that all students are able to fulfill this requirement. More information will be provided to you prior to you starting your course. Please see Work Placement for more information.

    The college term dates can found using the following link; https://www.eastonotley.ac.uk/for-students


    College officially starts back on the first full week of September however not all courses will start on the Monday. You will advised of your actual start date at enrolment.

    Applications for the college bursary are made online. You should make sure that you read the guidance notes prior to making an application to ensure that you are eligible. Further information can be found on Financial Support

    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.

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

    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.