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Exeter College is a leading provider of a range of exceptional Apprenticeship programmes. Bringing together the worlds of quality employment with supportive local businesses and our amazing range of outstanding vocational courses we are confident we can find a future career that will exceed your expectations.

We deliver over 60 types of Apprenticeships in vocational areas, with everything from dental nursing to accountancy or construction.

A typical Apprenticeship will consist of the following:

  • A knowledge element – this is a technical qualification linked into your vocational choice and will teach you the fundamental skills of your role. This is delivered in either a day release or block release programme at college
  • A competency element – this is ensuring you can do the job. We achieve this element by observing you at work, utilising a skills officer seeing you carry out your day to day tasks linked to your qualification
  • Value added qualifications – these are extra elements of the framework that we integrate into the delivery model. For example, those who study business will access our Microsoft Academy for training on Microsoft Word or Excel
  • Functional skills – for those who do not have a grade C or above in maths or English we will support you to achieve an equivalent qualification

Supporting you to get an Apprenticeship

We place over 700 young people into Apprenticeships every year. It’s important to us that we support you every step of the way to securing your placement. You may have an employer in mind or you simply know what type of job role you want but haven’t secured employment yet. Once you have applied to one of the programmes our training and recruitment advisers will be in touch to support your application and engagement on the programme. They will also be with you every step of the way and will be one of the first to congratulate you on your future success. We have access to over 800 employers across the region that will give undoubtedly give you a head start in the world of work.

Call the Apprenticeship hotline on 01392 400800 to find out more.


If you are interested in Apprenticeships but are not quite ready for one yet there are other pre-employment options available to you including Pre-Apprenticeships – contact us on 01392 400800 for more details.

  • What is an apprenticeship?

    You will work full-time with a local employer gaining on the job skills and experience and earn a wage for the work you are doing – the minimum wage for an Apprentice varies, depending on your age. Click here to find out more about minimum wages

    On most Apprenticeship programmes, you will attend College for one day a week over 12 – 18 months, depending on the vocational area that you want to work within and the level of the programme that you are studing.

    Each apprenticeship comprises of the following areas:

    1. Knowledge Element - A Technical Certificate awarded by an accredited body such as City & Guilds which covers the theory side of your work and is usually delivered by attending college one day per week;
    2. Competence Element – A National Vocational Qualification which demonstrates that you can carry out the skills required by your job, assessed directly within the workplace by an Exeter College Skills Officer.
    3. Functional Skills (English & Maths) If you don’t already hold Maths and English qualifications at the level required by your Apprenticeship, you will study these as part of your off the job training at the college. An Information & Technology qualification may also be required depending on your programme.
    4. Transferable Skills Your programme will also include training to help you develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) and your rights as an Employee within the workplace (ERR).

    You must complete all the different areas shown above to successfully complete your apprenticeship training.

    There are two main levels of apprenticeship:

    • Intermediate Apprenticeship –Level 2 - Provides foundation skills to become a professional within your chosen area of work;
    • Advanced Apprenticeship – Level 3 – Provides more technical skills and training and normally involves a supervisory role within the workplace.

    Accountancy Apprenticeships

    Our accountancy courses are delivered by Aplus training, a specialist training provider which is a part of Exeter College. Visit their website for a full list of courses available: or contact Aplus training on 01752 256610 / email to explore your options.

  • How is an apprenticeship different to a full time course?

    You will be employed and working at least 30 hours per week, and the majority of your learning will take place in the workplace with ‘off-the-job’ underpinning knowledge delivered at college.

    What will the training cost me and my employer?

    If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your Apprenticeship Training Programme, there is no charge to you or your employer as the college will claim the funding for the cost of your programme directly from the Government.

  • Who can complete an apprenticeship programme?

    You must:

    • Be over 16 at the start of the programme
    • Have been living in the UK/EU for three years before you start your apprenticeship
    • Have completed year 11 at school and not already be on a full time course
    • Meet the entry requirements for the Apprenticeships chosen (this is assessed as part of the interview process and will ensure that you have the ability and aptitude to complete the programme at the level required).
    • Have an employer who will pay you as an apprentice and offer you no less than 30 hours a week work

    If you are 19 or over and studying at Level 3 to 6, you may be eligible for a government backed Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course fee. Click here for more information.

  • How do I find an employer?

    If you do not already have an employer, you will need to find someone willing to employ you. The hardest part of securing an apprenticeship is finding an employer. As part of your interview session at the College we will provide you with a Jobseekers Booklet to give you all the information that you need on writing a CV, completing job applications and preparing for an interview, so that you have all the tools that you need to go out and secure a job. You will also liaise directly with a dedicated Skills Recruiter who will support you in the process of looking for an employer.

  • I still have questions

    School Holiday drop in sessions

    We will be running a drop in surgery for all of your questions and queries throughout the school holidays. Come and chat to our college advisers, apprenticeship team, progression team and university level adviser at the Hele Road site between 1-4pm on the following dates:

    • Wednesday 17th Feb 1-4pm
    • Thursday 31st March 1-4pm
    • Thursday 7th April 1-4pm
    • Thursday 2nd June 1-4pm
    • Tuesday 12th July 1-4pm
    • Tuesday 19th July 1-4pm
    • Tuesday 26th July 1-4pm
    • Tuesday 2nd August 1-4pm

    Please come along to our Hele Road reception to sign in. You will be escorted to the @34 restaurant where you will be able to meet with our advisers to answer your questions.

  • The next step...

    If you are interested in doing an Apprenticeship, then the next step is to apply. Click here to apply online, or come into the college and apply.

    To view and apply for Apprenticeship job vacancies, visit:

    For more information Telephone the Apprenticeship hotline on 01392 400 800 or email us at

    You can also visit one of our open events to meet the staff and ask any questions. Click here to view our open event dates

    Accountancy Apprenticeships

    Our accountancy courses are delivered by Aplus training, which is a part of Exeter College. Aplus training is a specialist training provider who teach people of a diverse age range. Visit their website for a full list of courses available: or contact Aplus training on 01752 256610 / email to explore your options.

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