• In-demand skills

    As a College set up to address the transport and infrastructure sector’s skills gaps, our apprenticeships only focus on the most in-demand skills: ranging from engineering to project management, from business administration to data analysis.
  • Industry expertise

    All of our apprenticeships are delivered by highly qualified tutors with real-world experience of the job roles that our courses are designed for. They are fully certified industry specialists, offering learners dedicated mentorship throughout the programme.
  • Flexible training solutions

    All of our apprenticeships can be delivered at the workplace, or on our Birmingham or Doncaster campuses on a block release or day release basis. Many of our apprenticeships also have pathway options, allowing you to recruit and develop your future workforce in line with your company specialities.
  • FREE recruitment service

    If you’re interested in hiring new recruits onto an apprenticeship, we will work with you to identify your specific job requirements, then match you with the best candidates from our talent pool. Find out more about our free recruitment service.
  • End-to-end support

    You will be supported by a team whose role it is to understand your organisation’s culture, values and goals. They are experts in the field of apprenticeships who will support you throughout the apprenticeship journey, from discussing how you can use the funding available to you, deciding on the right apprenticeship for you, through to supporting induction and providing real-time learning progress data.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with an accompanying assessment and skills development programme, generally delivered by a separate training provider like NCATI.

Available for new recruits or for individuals who are looking to upskill, it is a way for individuals aged 16 and above to earn while they learn, with training specifically focused on delivering the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a particular job role.

The apprentice gains this through a wide mix of learning in the workplace, formal off-the-job training, and the opportunity to practice new skills in a real work environment.


How does an apprenticeship work?

Apprenticeships are a mixture of on-the-job and off-the-job training. On-the-job training helps an apprentice develop the specific skills for the workplace and they should be supported by a mentor. Once an apprentice completes their apprenticeship they should be able to demonstrate that they can perform tasks confidently and completely to the standard set by the industry.

It is up to the employer and training provider to decide how the off-the-job element is delivered, provided the apprentice spends a minimum of six hours per week of their employed time doing off-the-job training over the duration of the apprenticeship programme, as set out within the Department for Education’s (DfE) funding rules.

In most cases apprentices will work four days a week and be in at the college for one (known as day release). Some learners, however, may attend college in ‘blocks’ of a week or more (known as block release). Off-the-job training can also take place at the apprentice’s normal place of work as long as it is not part of their normal working duties. It can cover practical training such as shadowing, mentoring, industry visits and attending competitions.


What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships benefit employers and individuals, and by boosting the skills of the workforce, they help to improve economic productivity nationwide.

Find out more about how an apprenticeship can benefit your business.


What does an apprenticeship cost?

Different apprenticeship standards fall into different funding bands. You can get help from the government to pay for apprenticeship training, but the amount you get depends on how much your company earns a year, the number of employees, and the age of the apprentice.

Find out more about the funding available to you.


We work with a wide range of employers to provide apprenticeship training for their existing employees or new recruits. If you are interested in speaking to us about your organisational training needs, get in touch on 0330 120 0375 or click the ‘Enquire Now’ button below.