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Our third story in Get a Life looks at the apprenticeship opportunities available within the Hastings and St Leonards area. This week we look closely at apprenticeship subjects such as Hairdressing, Mechanical Engineering and Retail Management etc. Jessica Parker discusses the options available.

Apprenticeships are usually a strict program that help generate the newest of skills in preparation for your chosen industry. Therefore they are perfect and almost crucial for the new generation of industry workers. The majority of apprenticeships are done whilst in a working environment, which helps bring learners to their full potential. For the more advanced apprenticeships, thorough education is also provided alongside the work which can last over numerous months.

To achieve a greater understanding in your chosen industry, it is always a smart idea to get either an apprenticeship or work experience position first. They enable you to develop skills you wouldn’t otherwise gain in a college course. They give you industry experience.

The vital difference between an apprenticeship and work experience is usually the wage and duration. Whilst apprenticeships provide minimum wage for the placement, work experience placements don’t offer any wage what so ever, only the occasional travel expense. Apprenticeships range in duration, usually several months, whereas work experience placements run over several intense weeks. Sometimes a work experience placement can be of greater use to those unable to give up as much time.

In Hastings and St Leonards there is an extensive variety of apprenticeship subjects. Here is a list of the key subjects for study, the facilities and the all important links.

Business Apprenticeships:

  • Runway Apprenticeships aim to offer the same standards of learning to both learners and employers. For more information regarding Runway Apprenticeships, visit the site.
  • Bexhill College offers a wide variety of apprenticeships from Hairdressing to Business. As an apprentice with Bexhill College you can gain qualifications whilst earning. You’ll work 3-4 days a week as well as having time off for study. For more information regarding Bexhill College apprenticeships, visit the site.
  • Smart training and recruitment offers paid apprenticeships, holiday pay, training, qualifications, and the ability to learn job-specific skills. For more information regarding Smart apprenticeships, visit the site.
  • Sussex Coast College Hastings offers business apprenticeships to those aged 16 to 18, with a few spots open to those aged 19 to 24. Their apprenticeships aim to help motivated learners get the opportunities necessary to gain industry skills. For more information regarding SCCH apprenticeships, visit the site.
  • Let’s Do Business provides outstanding training in business administration among other subjects. They currently offer a Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) and a Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3). For more information regarding Let’s Do Business apprenticeships, visit the site.

Creative and Digital media Apprenticeships:

  • Access Apprenticeships offer training through government-supported apprenticeships. These are mainly offered in the music and creative fields but can be available in other areas of study too. For more information regarding Access Apprenticeships, visit the site.
  • City College Brighton and Hove offers a vibrant and creative community keen to learn new skills. Their Advanced Digital Media apprenticeship offers the skills required to progress in the digital industry. For more information regarding City College apprenticeships, visit the site.
  • Northbrook College offers support to gain the best out of your apprenticeship. For more information regarding Northbrook College apprenticeship, visit the site.

Hairdressing and Beauty Apprenticeships:

  • Sussex Coast College Hastings offers a wide variety of apprenticeship availabilities in both hairdressing and beauty industries. For more information regarding hairdressing and beauty apprenticeships at SCCH, visit the site.
  • Partners 4 Training offer various levels and courses in both hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapy. For more information regarding Partners 4 Training apprenticeships, visit the site.
  • Central Sussex College offers both beauty therapy and hairdressing apprenticeships in various levels and locations. For more information regarding Central Sussex College apprenticeships, visit the site.

Mechanic Apprenticeships:

Carpentry and Joinery Apprenticeships:

  • Sussex Downs College offer an apprenticeship designed to teach the practical and technical aspects of carpentry and joinery. For more information regarding SDC apprenticeships, visit the site.
  • Northbrook College
  • Sussex Coast College Hastings offer an apprenticeship designed to enhance skills suitable for working on a construction site or commercial premise. For more information on SCCH carpentry apprenticeships, visit the site.

Retail and Sales Apprenticeships:

  • Apprentico is the perfect place to kick start a career in retail, management and sales. You can download a starter pack from the site to help prepare yourself for the course and interview. For more information regarding Apprentico apprenticeships, visit the site.
  • TLC specialises in retail sector learning, aiming to prepare learners with the most up-to-date skills necessary to survive in the retail sales industry. For more information regarding TLC apprenticeships, visit the site.
  • Learndirect’s Retail Skills apprenticeship provides the ideal starting point for those entering the retail industry. At an intermediate level, it’s designed to open up knowledge of all roles within retail. For more information on Learndirect apprenticeships, visit the site.

Engineering and Manufacturing Apprenticeships:

  • Sussex Coast College Hastings offers an apprenticeship which is determined by the employers area of work, this ultimately determines the route the apprenticeship takes as there are numerous routes within engineering apprenticeships. For more information, visit the site.
  • Avanta Enterprises offers real training, wages, qualifications, jobs, and real futures. For more information regarding Avanta apprenticeships, visit the site.
  • Skills Training UK offers various apprenticeships in engineering, manufacturing materials and operations. For more information on Skills Training apprenticeships, visit the site.

The majority of sites previously mentioned offer other apprenticeships in different industries than those mentioned., including; Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering, IT, Leisure, and Child Care. All the sites and apprenticeships mentioned are as up-to-date as possible for your ease.

For further information on apprenticeships visit or contact the sites provided or contact HOT directly.

Posted 18:43 Sunday, May 18, 2014 In: Get a Life

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