Apprenticeships in Southampton
After leaving school, you may decide you would prefer to apply for an apprenticeship. There are a range of options available to help you earn while you learn and acquire all the training and skills you need to pursue your career.
- The government website advertises apprenticeships available across the UK. Search by occupation and postcode
- The Association for Learning Providers in Hampshire and The Isle of Wight lists the apprenticeship training providers locally
Apprenticeships develop the skills all employers are looking for: Teamwork, communication, responsibility and communication. Level 2 learning is equivalent to GCSEs A-C, level 3 to A-levels and Level 4 and above are higher education equivalents.
Training is on the job and can involve day release to College, University or a training provider. Assessment happens on the job. Progression opportunities can be within the same company or moving on to another – local, national or even international. Is an apprenticeship right for you? ask yourself:
- What do I want for my future?
- Have I got the commitment to be in a work environment?
Find out more at apprenticeships.gov.uk
If you want to find an apprenticeship in Southampton, scroll to the bottom of the page or click here to see the full list of current vacancies. Alternatively, you can also see which organisations and colleges in Southampton offer apprenticeships in the sector you’re interested in by using our Partnership Information page.
National Apprenticeship Week 2017
This year, National Apprenticeship Week will be taking place from 6th – 10th March 2017. Keep an eye on their website for an interactive map of Apprenticeship events near you. We’ll also be updating this page to let you know what we’re getting up to for #NAW2017
We had an action packed National Apprenticeship Week. Our team went out to visit small businesses around Southampton with cupcakes in exchange for an opportunity to give advice about how to recruit apprentices. We had a great time meeting employers and helping them to understand how they could benefit from apprenticeships. Find out more by clicking here.
We also visited Southampton City College’s Open Event to talk to students about traditional and degree apprenticeships. We met lots of people and used our Degree Apprenticeships Game to demonstrate the benefits of degree apprenticeships.
One of our Apprenticeship Ambassadors also attended the City College event in the evening where she spoke about her experiences as an apprentice and how she has progressed in her company. Her presentations were very inspiring and engaged a lot of people.
One of our own apprentices also features in City College’s new Apprenticeships film that was specially produced for National Apprenticeship Week. You can watch the film below to find out more about the experiences of apprentices around Southampton.
Southampton Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony 2016 took place at the O2 Guildhall Southampton on Monday 17th October 2016. Following the success of the first ceremony in 2015, former and current Apprentices from Southampton and the surrounding areas who have completed their Apprenticeship were invited to a celebration event to celebrate their achievements. The ceremony will showcase the achievements of Southampton’s apprentices and will also feature guest speakers.
A summary of the event and a gallery of all the photos taken on the night can be viewed here: Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony 2016
Southampton City Council currently have 12 Apprenticeship Ambassadors who have been trained to visit schools and colleges to share their experiences as an apprentice and to demonstrate that Apprenticeships are an equal alternative to college or university. The role of the ambassadors is to be impartial in promoting apprenticeships to people who may not have considered them as an option before. The approach is that no one option is better than the other, but they should all be considered equally.
Find out more about some of our Ambassadors with our Ambassador Films.
If you would like the ambassadors to attend your event/assembly/parents evening, then please contact us to check their availability. All information can be found on our poster.
The National Apprenticeships Service have recently launched their Get In Go Far campaign to promote Apprenticeships and help people to find out how they can start their career. They have produced two very useful information packs which can be downloaded below, one for parents/teachers and one for employers.
The Get In Go Far campaign has also produced videos to tell stories of different apprentices from around the country. Check out their YouTube channel:
Employers looking for Apprentices
Employing apprentices can help fill your skills gap, deliver real returns to your bottom line, increase the proportion of trained workers in industry and boost productivity.
To find out more about the benefits apprenticeships can bring to your organisation and about the apprenticeship levy, please get in touch with our Apprenticeships team at www.southampton.gov.uk/apprenticeships
If you’re unsure about funding options when employing an Apprentice, Brockenhurst College have kindly allowed us the share this useful document on Apprenticeship funding for employers: Apprenticeship Funding Options 2017
Current Apprenticeship Vacancies in Southampton
Vacancies from the National Apprenticeships Service website