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I want to be an apprentice

Would you like to learn and earn at the same time? Apprenticeships are real jobs which almost always lead to the offer of permanent posts on completion. You learn job specific skills with industry standard training so they’re the perfect place to train and grow your career.

Keen? You’re in the right place! We’ve got exciting vacancies and apprenticeship courses available across Dorset.

Business Admin Apprenticeship

This is a fantastic chance to learn a wide range of business admin skills within a small, supportive and successful company. The role will involve supporting international students; your days will be busy with interesting tasks and the chance to interact with a wide range of people, together with lots of opportunity to develop your career.




Closing Date11 February 2022

Business Admin Apprentice

This is a very interesting apprenticeship in which you will acquire many key skills of running a small business while getting the opportunity to learn a great deal about delivering First Aid training to a wide range of learners. You will also be able to get involved, with plenty of support, in developing and extending the business.

Salary£163.20 – £285.12 weekly



Closing Date21 January 2022

Receptionist Apprenticeship

This is a great opportunity to learn a wide range of reception, customer service and admin skills within a busy medical practice. It is a crucial role in which you will often be the first person a patient encounters when they call or come to the surgery. It will be varied, interesting, challenging on occasions, and rewarding, with good prospects.

Salary£262.50 – £334.10 weekly



Closing Date21 January 2022

Business Admin Apprentice

We are looking for a Business Admin Apprentice to learn and develop new skills whilst working as part of a busy proactive team. Specific training will be given in Finance, Sales, Commercial and Production admin with the opportunity to spend time and gain knowledge in all areas of our growing engineering business.

Salary£219.00 weekly



Closing Date31 March 2022

Watch a Q+A with an apprentice

Catherine Bishop, Customer Services Apprentice now Library Manager, talks about her experience at Skill & Learning. Watch the video below:

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with training. You’ll be earning a wage, extending your skills, gaining experience and developing your career. On completion of the apprenticeship you receive certification to show you have reached the Apprenticeship Standard for that role. As the Apprenticeship is work based you will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and have time to study.

Why choose an apprenticeship through Skills & Learning?

As Dorset’s adult education provider, we work with many small, medium and large business across the county to provide exciting apprenticeship opportunities. Since the formation of our service in 2013, we have helped over 35,000 learners through courses to help them gain new skills and confidence. An apprenticeship with us will give you that, and more – including a wage and experience in the workplace. We are an Ofsted ‘Good’ provider.

We work with businesses not just to provide apprenticeship vacancies but also career progression and enrichment opportunities. As an apprentice with us, you will have access to our many forms of learner support, including financial help, study support and extra equipment you may need for your learning. Find out more here.

How does the training work?

80% of the training is on-the-job training in the workplace. The remaining 20% is called off-the-job training and supports you to develop the personal and professional skills required for the role. It is delivered mainly in the workplace by a partnership between the employer and the training provider.

You do not need to go to college one day a week with Skills & Learning. We only require mandatory attendance at a half day workshop a month. We also provide learning modules to support you to develop the underpinning knowledge required for the job role and achieve the Apprenticeship Standard at whatever level it is being offered. We can also support your ICT, English and maths skills, offering qualifications if required.

Who can do an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship training is available to anyone over the age of 16 who is no longer in full time education. There is no upper age limit to starting an Apprenticeship. School leavers cannot start until after the last Friday in June of the academic year in which they have their 16th birthday.

Apprenticeships are a great starting point, but also a good re-starting point if you are returning to work after a career break, or redundancy, or you have reached a point where you feel you need to retrain and your skills can be transferred to a different career.

Do Apprentices have to be employed full time?

The minimum duration of 15 months is based on an Apprentice working at least 30 hours a week, including any off-the-job training they undertake. If the Apprentice works fewer than 30 hours a week, or where a part-time working pattern is needed, it can be agreed with the training provider to extend the apprenticeship accordingly. This could happen with Teaching Assistant Apprentices, for example. However, in most circumstances, the normal working week will be 37.5 hours, worked as five consecutive days from Monday to Friday.

How much do apprentices get paid?

As employees, all apprentices are entitled to at least national minimum wage. You can find out the national minimum wage on the Government website here.

Do apprentices get holiday and sick pay?

Yes, apprentices do receive both holiday and sick pay. Full details about your entitlements as an apprentice can be found on the Government website here.

Are you an apprentice that has been affected by redundancy?

The Redundancy Support Service for apprentices provides advice, guidance and access to a range of support services for apprentices affected by redundancy. If you are an apprentice who has been affected or know someone who has then get in touch with our Business Outreach Officers to see how we can help on [email protected] or call 01202 123444.

If you’re considering becoming an apprentice and have any questions, please get in touch today.

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