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About apprenticeships

Why not move your career forward with an apprenticeship, higher apprenticeship or degree apprenticeship from B&FC?

Which apprenticeships are available?

There are various levels of apprenticeships available:

  • Intermediate (Level 2 - equivalent to 5 GCSEs)
  • Advanced (Level 3 - equivalent to 2 A-levels)
  • Higher (Levels 4 and 5 - equivalent to a Foundation Degree)
  • Degree (Levels 6 and 7 - equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree)

School leavers normally start an intermediate apprenticeship, lasting at least 1 year and 1 day.

Already in employment? An advanced apprenticeship - or even a higher/degree apprenticeship - might suit you better. 

Little or no work experience? Get started with a traineeship – a sort of pre-apprenticeship training course.

What you'll get from an apprenticeship 

As an apprentice, you will be working full-time for an employer, developing skills in your chosen occupation.

You need to be in employment before you can start but through our vacancy matching service and strong employer relationships we can support you to find your ideal role. 

Personalised programme

Your B&FC apprenticeship is made up of several different elements and each one reflects your individual abilities and career goals. Our expert tutors and assessors all benefit from relevant industry experience and will support you to achieve all your goals. 

Off-the-job training

Developing your skills at work is called on-the-job training. However, 20% of your apprenticeship (equal to one full day a week) will be ‘off-the-job’. This might include attending College, tackling projects, online learning, coaching, shadowing, or training for your job. 

Stacks of support

Assessment mostly takes place in the workplace. When you start, we will allocate you a skills coach, who will visit you at least once a month to guide and support you and help you to plan for your future. We will also provide you with specialist support for your English and maths and for any additional needs that you make us aware of. 

Progression

Afterwards, you could progress to an advanced apprenticeship or to a degree-level course, such as a degree or higher apprenticeship. The minimum apprenticeship wage is £3.90 per hour, but many apprentices earn significantly more. As your experience grows, your salary (and opportunities for promotion) will increase as well. 

How to apply

School leaver?

  1. Select your chosen apprenticeship and click on Apply.
  2. Attend an apprenticeship event to find out more – we’ll send you an invitation once we’ve processed your form.
  3. Get work ready as our team invite you in to help you prepare your CV, develop interview skills and register to get matched to your ideal vacancy. 
  4. Complete assessments in English, maths and ICT either online or here at B&FC.
  5. As soon as an apprenticeship becomes available, we’ll let you know.

Aged 16+ and in employment?

  1. Select your chosen apprenticeship and click on Apply.
  2. Complete online assessments in English, maths and ICT – we’ll email you the link once we’ve processed your form.
  3. We’ll meet with your employer to complete the relevant paperwork.  
  4. Attend an ‘onboarding’ session as we invite you in to meet your Skills Coach and take a look around.
  5. We’ll meet your employer again to finalise everything and you can then start your apprenticeship straight away. 

Aged 16+ and not in employment?

  1. Select your chosen apprenticeship and click on Apply.
  2. Decide your next step – we’ll get in touch with you to chat about your options.
  3. Complete online assessments in English, maths and ICT – we’ll email you the link once we’ve processed your form.
  4. Register with GetMyFirstJob – we’ll tell you how – and send us your CV. If you want, we can help you to put this together. 
  5. We’ll invite you in to help match you to your ideal vacancy and put you forward for those that are suitable. As soon as a place becomes available, we’ll let you know.

Next steps