Apprenticeships offer a different way of learning, launching you straight into the workplace and giving you a great start in your chosen career. On an apprenticeship you will not only earn a wage, you’ll also gain invaluable practical skills and on-the-job training, while working towards a nationally recognised qualification.
Whether you want to be an office administrator, builder or commis chef, you’ll find an apprenticeship to suit you at Lewisham College. Having matched you with an employer in your chosen sector, we work together to develop an individual training programme designed to give you the job-specific skills you need to succeed. On average, apprentices spend four days per week working alongside experienced staff in the workplace and one day per week at Lewisham College either remotely or on campus studying towards their qualification.
How to become an Apprentice
There are two ways to become an apprentice. You can either register your interest with Lewisham College or browse the current vacancies on this page linked to the National Apprenticeship Service’s find an apprenticeship website to find and apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship (You will need to register to use this service).
If you are unable to apply for a vacancy, are not sure about your next steps or would like to find out more about becoming an apprentice, you can register with Lewisham College Apprenticeships service.
Once you have submitted the form you will be invited to attend a session with a member of the Apprenticeships Team who will help you to update your CV, prepare for interviews and support you to apply for vacancies with our employer partners.
WHAT WE OFFER
Apprenticeships, which are the equivalent to level 2 and run for 12 to 24 months and Advanced apprenticeships, which are the equivalent to level 3 and run for 18+ months.
Our apprenticeships cover a range of roles in a number of sectors, including:
Hospitality and Support Services
- Commis Chef
- Production Chef
- Painter and Decorator
- Property Maintenance Operative
- Carpentry and Joinery
- Gas Engineering Operative
- Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician
- Installation Electrician
- Maintenance Electrician
- Teaching Assistant
Why choose us?
- Lewisham College is an ‘outstanding’ apprenticeship provider with an achievement rate 14.1% above the national average*
- We have excellent relationships with employers across business, construction, hospitality and the creative arts.
- Our campus is easily accessible by train/DLR or bus
- Our apprenticeships run all year round, so you don’t need to wait until term-time to get started
- We provide lots of support throughout the process – from finding the right apprenticeship to advising you on your next steps once you’ve completed it
- We’re part of NCG, the UK’s largest college group which has an excellent reputation for delivering high quality apprenticeships
*Subject to National Data published Early 2019
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study, enabling you to gain recognised qualifications and essential skills while working. You will be on a contract of employment with your employer, working at least 30 hours per week, including time spent at college. You will earn at least National Minimum apprentice Wage (£4.15 per hour), with many employers paying more.
Apprenticeships typically last between 1-5 years depending on the level, and it will also take account of your prior skills. Many of our apprentice’s progress either from one Apprenticeship level to another or straight into a full-time position.
- Apprenticeships usually take between one and four years, although this will vary depending on your employer, employment sector and your own skills and ability
- There are three types of apprenticeship:
- Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
- Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
- Higher – can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree
- You need to be 16+, living in England and not in full-time education to do an apprenticeship (but you can apply when you’re still at school)
- Apprentices are paid at least the National Minimum Wage for your age
- Minimum working hours are normally 20 hours a week plus one day at college
- You’ll get at least 20 days’ holiday pay a year, plus bank holidays
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Since I have started on the course my maths has improved a lot. On some of my tests I have even scored 100%. My teacher has been very helpful and he does everything he can to help us understand and learn in class. I am very grateful to him for all the help.
"If I were to give advice to others considering performing arts, I’d say be yourself, don’t worry about what others think. Being different makes you unique. Work hard and take every opportunity that comes your way and don’t stress out – enjoy your time learning and believe in yourself."
Blackheath-based Toby Ott, 24, has been blind from birth - but this hasn’t stopped him pursuing further and higher education qualifications.
My experience as a young chef and apprentice has been very exciting. It has informed me on how things run in a kitchen and has definitely broadened my knowledge and skills.
"I’ve learnt assertiveness, the importance of maintaining data accurately, and also how to deal sensitively with customers’ specific needs. In certain cases – for example when discussing a resident’s Food Bank eligibility – you need to be particularly considerate and careful about confidentiality to avoid possible embarrassment to the resident."
"The course has given me a new life and made me believe that I can do what I want to do. Now the course is coming to an end, I can honestly look back and say that I’m pleased I took the step to further my education."
AJ studied IT at Lewisham College a number of years ago and went on to study for a degree in Business, also studying small business management administration, fashion business, management and advanced media.
"I’ve really enjoyed my apprenticeship, especially my sessions with my assessor who has given me great encouragement."