Do you want to earn while you learn? We can help you find an apprenticeship. We work in close partnership with high quality local employers to make sure we give you the training and skills you need to be successful at work.

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are an alternative to full time college courses. You gain a nationally recognised apprenticeship that will help you with your career and you get paid while you learn.
• You must be employed and work at least 30 hours a week and be paid for training in college and on the job.
• You will be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage.
• This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over that are in their first year of their apprenticeship.
• All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

Each Apprenticeship Course includes:

• Off the Job Training to help you develop your skills and knowledge and, where relevant, achieve a vocational qualification
• English
• Maths
• Some apprenticeships include ICT. If you have already gained the right level qualifications in English, Maths or ICT you may not have to resit them.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16 and not in full time education. Apprenticeships can be for school leavers or those who are seeking to start a new career.
Every apprentice must spend at least 20% of their contracted employment hours (across the whole apprenticeship) on ‘off the job training’, developing the skills needed for their apprenticeship.
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The level you should choose depends on your current qualifications and previous work experience.

Generally, we recommend if you have:

  • Less than 5 GCSEs or equivalent then Level 2/ Intermediate should be the right level for you
  • 5 GCSEs including English and Maths or equivalent then Level 3 / Advanced should be the right level for you
  • A levels or a level 3 vocational qualification and relevant work experience then Higher should be the right level for you

There are three different levels of apprenticeships

  1. Intermediate (Level 2) equivalent to 5 A*-C GCSEs
  2. Advanced (Level 3) equivalent to two A Levels
  3. Higher (Level 4+) equivalent to HND, foundation degree or above (depending on the standard/framework)

Next Steps

  1. Apply for a place on the programme by calling 01702 445700 and completing an application form
  2. You will have a meeting to make sure your course is exactly right for you..
  3. You will have a week long induction and together we will decide on the right level of study for you.


As a parent, you want your child to get the best possible start in their career. There are many options available to young people after they leave school, Apprenticeships have become one of the best options for those at the very start of their career, providing a genuine job with training that enables them to earn while they learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

16+ options are:

  • Full-time education – e.g. at a school or college
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Part-time education or training – as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

Why choose Southend Adult Community College?

  • We offer outstanding vocational training
  • Our success rates are 15% above the national average
  • We can help you find the right apprenticeship
  • We are small enough to care and big enough to offer a fantastic range of choices

We can help parents and guardians to support their young people as they make an informed decision about what route to take next. We can answer any of your questions regarding apprenticeships, next steps and opportunities. You can download the Parents Guide to Apprenticeships or contact us at for more information.