Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 and offer a great practical alternative to full-time study programmes.
You can earn as you learn with a minimum salary of £5.28 per hour and on completion of your apprenticeship you will gain a recognised qualification.
Apprenticeships are available at different levels
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).
School leavers can start on an apprenticeship at any Level. On these apprenticeships, you will spend approximately four days per week on the job training with your employer and one day per week in College learning.
Already in employment
If you are already in employment and looking to progress your career, depending on your current qualifications and experience you may be able to begin your apprenticeship journey on an advanced or higher apprenticeship.
Anthony achieves career success in his role as Team Leader at AV Dawson!
At the age of 32, Anthony has completed his Team Leader NVQ and is now the Team Leader of Port Operations at AV Dawson!
Anthony’s current employer recognised his potential and offered him the opportunity to upskill with an apprenticeship, which he seized with both hands. After a few false starts in various fields, Anthony finally found his niche at AV Dawson, where he now works alongside his father.
When asked about his apprenticeship, Anthony was full of enthusiasm, saying “You only get out of apprenticeships, what you put into them, but I recommend an apprenticeship to everyone!”
The former Unity City Academy student spoke about how in his industry, sometimes experience can be worth more than theoretical knowledge, however, he said “I think apprenticeships are the way forward. You get paid whilst learning, they can be flexible, and you get the experience whilst still achieving the qualification to back your skills up.”
Anthony thoroughly enjoyed his apprenticeship, as he learned a great deal and was able to grow in ways he never thought possible. "I'm more hands-on than anything else in my current role," he said, "and the apprenticeship allowed me to take a step back and grow more than I thought I would have." Anthony benefited from both the theoretical and practical elements of the course, which helped him to learn new skills and progress in his current job role. "Learning new skills to progress my current job role was my favourite part of the apprenticeship," Anthony explained. "It allowed me to access new techniques in order to progress my team and myself in our working environment."
Thanks to the knowledge and experience gained through his apprenticeship, Anthony was able to achieve his biggest career goal to date – getting promoted from being a Charge Hand to becoming the Team Leader of Port Operations at AV Dawson.
Congratulations to Anthony on this fantastic achievement. The 32-year-old is now awaiting the start of another apprenticeship in lifting and hopes to move on to manage the port in a few more months and eventually to take on the role, currently held by his father, of Head of Operations!
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