West Thames College London

Become an Apprentice

Who can be an Apprentice?

You need to be over 16 years old, employed, living in England and not taking part in full-time [Full-time courses consist of 12-16 hours study per week. International students on full-time courses must study a minimum of 15 hours per week.] education. You must have a minimum contract of 12 months employment and your employer must agree to you participating in the apprenticeship programme.

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Christopher Johnson (pictured left) - Apprentice in Hospitality Services at Aramark, Northwood HQ

Already got a job?

If you've already got a job and want to gain qualifications whilst you are working, you can become an apprentice. Contact our Advice and Guidance Team on 020 8326 2020 for advice. As long as you meet the eligibility criteria and have your employer's consent, we could sign you up to start straight away!

Looking for a job?

You need to find a suitable job before you can become an apprentice. If you don't have a job, we might be able to help you find one. We currently have lots of vacancieswith local employers who are looking to recruit apprentices in a wide range of jobs.

Types of Apprenticeship we offer

Apprenticeships Courses

Part Time Courses & Apprenticeships
Pre-Apprenticeship in Construction Level 1
Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Business and Administration - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Childcare - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Clinical Healthcare Support - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Customer Service - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Hairdressing - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Hospitality Services - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in ICT (IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals) - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Mechanics - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Painting and Decorating - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Plumbing and Heating - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Team Leading - Intermediate Level 2
Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Business Administration - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Childcare - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Clinical Healthcare Support - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Customer Service - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Hairdressing - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Health (Maternity and Paediatric Support) - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Health (Perioperative Support) - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Health and Social Care - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support Services - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Hospitality - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Management - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Site Carpentry - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Supported Learning - Advanced Level 3
Apprenticeship in Broadcast Production - Higher Level 4
Apprenticeship in Care Leadership and Management (General Adult Social Care) - Higher Level 5

Degree Apprenticeships
We are working in partnership with the University of West London to offer Degree Apprenticeships in the following:

Training

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of industry employers to take you through the skills you need to do a job well. Most of your training will take place on the job, though you will also be given off-the-job training either on day release or over a number of days in a block. Apprenticeships include the following elements:

  • A National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at either Level 2 or Level 3
  • Functional Skills qualifications in Maths and English and possibly IT
  • A technical qualification such as a BTEC or City & Guilds
  • Employer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Personal Learning and Training Skills.

The Apprentice journey

Information, Advice and Guidance
Call us now on 020 8326 2020 to arrange to see one of our Assessors or Course Tutors to talk about your career options and which Apprenticeship suits your needs.

Initial Assessment
We assess your skills and competencies in a number of ways to identify the most appropriate training programme which best suits your individual needs. Some of these include a skills scan, and learning styles questionnaire. We’ll also talk to you about any additional support needs or learning needs which you may have and how we can support you with those needs.

Individual Learning Plan
We’ll help you put together your personalised learning plan, setting realistic and achievable goals for work and learning which we’ll review with you regularly.

Review
We will review your progress every 8 weeks with you and your employer.

Celebrating Success
Once you’ve completed your Apprenticeship programme we’ll be as excited as you and invite you to our Awards Ceremony and nominate outstanding Apprentices for the National Apprenticeship Service Apprentice of the Year!

Progression
We’ll talk to you about your options once you’ve completed your programme.  Whether you want to progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship, Higher Apprenticeship or Foundation Degree we’ll give you all the information, advice and guidance you’ll need to make the right choice!

How to apply

View the types of apprenticeships we offer and follow the links. Download the guide below for tips on how to write a winning apprenticeship application. If you've got any questions email: apprenticeships@west-thames.ac.uk.

How to write a winning apprenticeship application

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Want to write a winning application? Read the guide below for some top advice.

How to write a winning apprenticeship application

Are you a parent with a son/daughter who is interested in completing an apprenticeship? Read the guide below for all the background information you'll need on apprenticeships.

Parents Guide to Apprenticeships

Are you a teacher who wants to know more about apprenticeships? Click on the link below to read the teacher's guide to apprenticeships.

Teachers Guide to Apprenticeships

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  1. Sanny Kumar

    Nissan Apprentice

    Sanny Kumar

    “I have always been interested in 2D and 3D build, but didn’t really know how to develop my interest. Since being on the Nissan Apprenticeship I now have the know-how and hands on experience I need for my future career in Clay Modelling. Nissan is a company that drives innovative ideas and this Apprenticeship scheme is for those looking for challenge and personal growth. It offers the best of both worlds – theory and practice.”

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