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        Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Apprenticeships do you offer?
There’s a comprehensive range of Apprenticeships available to study at New College Swindon - each designed to develop the practical skills for employment in your chosen profession. Check out our website or full time prospectus to see the full range of Apprenticeships.

2. What makes Apprenticeships different to the other courses available?
An Apprenticeship allow you to get qualified while you work and is a great alternative to a full time course. You get to earn whilst you learn, working towards an industry recognised qualification which will include 20% off the job training time. This could involve day release to college, online learning, manufacturer training, industry visits, attendance at competitions, time spent writing assessments/assignments and much more.

3. How do I become an Apprentice?
You are required to be employed in a relevant industry job role applicable to your chosen Apprenticeship programme. You can complete and download an application form, with or without an Apprentice employer, from our website. You will be invited to an interview with the Apprenticeships Team shortly afterwards.

4. What grades and qualifications do I need to enrol?
You will be required to work towards Level 2 English and Maths Functional Skills if you do not already hold a minimum grade 4/C in these areas. Employers may also specify their own entry requirements for their Apprenticeship vacancies.

5. How do I go about finding an employer?
There are a few different options for finding an employer, for example:
1) Register your interest for apprenticeships (with or without an Apprenticeship Employer) by completing a New College Swindon application form. However, to properly be accepted for enrolment and start the Apprenticeship programme you must secure employment. We can help you through this process.
2) You can search and apply for vacancies on the National Apprenticeships Website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
3) Alternatively, contact local companies direct by sending your CV with a covering letter.

6. How long is the course?
Depending on the pathway and level being studied, it can take between one and six years to complete an Apprenticeship. Check out our website or full time prospectus to see the duration for each Apprenticeship. Achievement of an Apprenticeship will be determined by an Independent End Point Assessment.

7. How much will I get paid?
You will receive a regular salary from your employer, apprenticeships are a great option for getting on the job ladder or supercharging your career. You will be treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

8. What can I expect once I’m qualified as an Apprentice?
What you decide to do on completion of you Apprenticeship is really down to you. You will have a whole new set of skills at your disposal to impress employers with, and experiences that show that you can make the step up from Apprentice to the next level.

9. Why should I choose New College Swindon​ for my Apprenticeship course?
We have been running Apprenticeship programmes for many years so have a breadth of experience in helping students achieve their goals. Whether you want to be a Health and Social Care hero or you’ve set your sights on being a Master Chef, our training facilities offer you the best environment to hone your practical skills. Likewise, our experienced tutors will be with you every step of the way, offering expert support and guidance.
For more useful information https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/#


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