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Earn, learn, achieve. Apprenticeships from the UK’s best college. Apprenticeships Guide 2019/20


Welcome to the Fareham College Apprenticeships Guide If you’re considering an apprenticeship, or looking to hire an apprentice, this guide sets out all you need to know about the benefits and options available.

In this guide you will find... 3 Introduction 4-5

Benefits for learners


Benefits for employers

8-9 Case Study: Thomas Baldwin, Electrical Engineering apprenticeship 10 Case Study: Jordan Pentoney, Barbering apprenticeship


Case Study: Anna Goddard, Project Management apprenticeship

12-13 Case Study: Connor Jenkins and Brendan Lord, Electrical Engineering apprenticeship 14-15 How to get going

We have a wide range of apprenticeships available, including: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Accounting Automotive Barbering Business Administration Carpentry Childcare Civil Engineering Construction Customer Services Engineering Exercise and Fitness Hair and Beauty Health and Social Care Hospitality and Catering IT Support Management Manufacturing Marketing Project Management Team Leading

An apprenticeship is a real job combined with studying, allowing you to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst making money. They enable you to earn and learn at the same time, gaining valuable hands-on experience, new skills and knowledge in the workplace and at college. Apprenticeships not only lead to a fulfilling career, but also to funded pathways into higher education. Fareham College excels in apprenticeships. Our blend of on-site facilities and hands-on training is multi-award winning and highly regarded by industry. Recent investment totalling £28 million in our Centre of Excellence in Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Training (CEMAST) means that we now offer some of the best learning environments in the country. Further investment in state-of-the-art civil engineering facilities, through Solent LEP funding, has added to the college’s on-site capability, creating unmatched educational experiences for thousands of young people and adult learners from across the region.

Apprenticeships can work for everybody Apprenticeships aren’t just for students who are leaving school and want to do work-based training. They can also benefit people already in employment who want to develop their talents, upskill and formalise their experience into a recognised qualification for future progression or change their career entirely.

Benefits for learners Beginning work with an apprenticeship is a great way to get a head start in your chosen career. As an apprentice you’ll be making money while you train, developing the skills that employers need and enhancing your future job prospects. You get the best of both worlds too, experiencing student and work life at the same time.

As an apprentice you’ll be earning while you learn


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It’s a real job You train alongside experienced staff You ‘earn while you learn’ You achieve recognised qualifications You may receive employer funding to go to university • You learn job-specific skills • You boost your future job prospects • You can progress through levels and even top up from an apprenticeship to a degree in many sectors

Apprenticeship pathways The sky really is the limit with apprenticeships. They can take you in many exciting directions. You could study for a higher or degree level apprenticeship, leading to a Masters Degree or a Doctorate, or mix and match with academic qualifications.

Doctorate (e.g. PhD)



Masters Degree Apprenticeship


Degree Apprenticeship

Foundation Degree, Higher National Degree (HND)


Higher Apprenticeship

Higher National Certificate (HNC)


Higher Apprenticeship

A Levels, AS Levels & BTEC Qualifications


Advanced Apprenticeship

Masters Degree

Degree with Honours (e.g. BA Hons, BSc Hons)



GCSEs and Apprenticeships


Traineeships, maths, English, employability and work experience

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Benefits for employers

The Apprenticeship Levy

An increasing number of employers are experiencing the benefits of apprenticeships.

The Levy was introduced by the Government to encourage more businesses to invest in apprenticeships.

Employing an apprentice gives someone a fantastic opportunity to grow and develop in a way that can also benefit your organisation. From helping to close skills gaps, to demonstrating to customers and existing staff that your company sees value in investing in people, there’s plenty for employers to gain:

It asks companies with a wage bill of more than £3 million to contribute a levy amount of 0.5% of its payroll into a fund that is held by HMRC.

• Introduce new talent to your business

From April 2019, any unused Levy funding will be made available for smaller businesses to spend on apprenticeship schemes.

• Upskill existing staff • Improve staff morale and retention • Increase employee numbers • Send out a positive CSR message • Save on recruitment costs


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This money is used to pay for training and apprentices to help organisations upskill their workforces. Many companies are unaware of the Levy and, as a result, don’t take advantage of it.

We have a team of experts who are ready to help businesses better understand and benefit from the Levy. For more information, contact our Employer Services Team on 01329 815 153 or email business@fareham.ac.uk

We work with leading employers from across the region

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Case study

Thomas Baldwin, CooperVision Tom Baldwin recently completed his advanced apprenticeship to become a Manufacturing Support Engineer at CooperVision – a contact lens manufacturer with offices globally and products sold in more than 100 countries. Tom joined CooperVision after completing his A levels. He had no definite idea at the time as to what he wanted to do in the future, so initially he joined as a production staff member. He then discovered an interest in robots and machinery and jumped at the chance when he was offered an apprenticeship. “The thing I enjoy most about my apprenticeship is all the people I get to meet”, says Tom. “I am able to draw on such a wide variety of experiences from each one. It has really changed me as a person and given me a lot of skills for the future.” The qualifications Tom has gained from his apprenticeship are a BTEC Level 3 in Electronic Engineering and a HNC in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Alongside this he has also completed a work-based qualification, an NVQ Level 3. Tom adds: “At CEMAST the facilities are all brand new. As soon as I arrived I could see the passion that the lecturers have for the college.” The apprenticeship Tom is completing began in one department, learning about that individual area, the employees and the machinery, but he has now spent time working in every area at CooperVision, giving him excellent knowledge and understanding of the organisation. “If you’re thinking about an apprenticeship but are unsure, I would say to go for it. I’ve learnt so many new skills, that I can now apply to a range of different contexts.”


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“If you’re thinking about an apprenticeship but are unsure, I would say go for it.”

Wioleta Kurmilowicz, Technical Training Leader, CooperVision “We have been running the technical apprenticeship scheme for more than seven years and decided to work with Fareham College because of what they can offer us. When we visited CEMAST we were very impressed by the facilities. We would highly recommend Fareham College to any business that is considering taking on an apprentice.”

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Case study

Jordan Pentoney, The Razor’s Edge Jordan is completing a Level 2 Barbering apprenticeship at Fareham College. He chose the apprenticeship route because he had looked at other options and felt that the best way to achieve the career he wanted, as a men’s hairdresser, was to learn in a working environment. Jordan has gone from having no previous knowledge of hairdressing to developing a new range of skills which include consulting with clients, assessing head shapes and hair types, cutting and styling hair and using a variety of different products.

“The thing I enjoy most about my apprenticeship is learning in a working environment, you get extra training and support at work outside college”, says Jordan. “I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to anyone. It’s a great way to get into the trade you are interested in and have all the training you need both at college and in the workplace. It’s very rewarding. Fareham College has helped me a lot. The facilities are excellent, they have great learning materials and all the staff are really friendly.”

Lloyd Hughes, Director, The Razor’s Edge “We’ve been working with Fareham College for the last two years. We’ve found that with Fareham the students really are industry ready once they’ve finished studying.”


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Case study

Anna Goddard, Carnival UK Anna has worked at Carnival UK for nearly 20 years and recently moved into a completely different role to the one she was doing when she joined. Now retraining in project management, it’s a career change that has been supported by her apprenticeship. Anna’s main responsibility is to oversee the integration of new shop operators on board ships for both P&O Cruises and Cunard. Her training, which sees a tutor visit her at her place of work for one day each month, has been focused specifically on project management and all the skills needed to take a project from concept to completion.

Anna’s apprenticeship has seen her learn about project lifecycle, governance and budget management. She learns a new key skill in project management at each tutor visit. This will continue until the course is completed. It has also enabled her to achieve a new and exciting project management role at Carnival UK. Speaking about her apprenticeship, Anna said: “To anyone who is thinking about becoming an apprentice, I would say it’s a really good opportunity to learn on the job. You get the chance to learn the different aspects of the role while actually doing them at the same time. It also gives you a good grounding and understanding and I think that’s a really great thing for an employer.”

Darren Rushforth, Learning and Development Manager, Carnival UK “I would recommend that other businesses engage with Fareham College for apprenticeships. One of the key attributes of our relationship is the fact the college comes to Carnival and provides us with what we need in our own environment.”

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Case study

Connor Jenkins and Brendan Lord, South Western Railway Connor and Brendan are now in their fourth and final year of their apprenticeship at South Western Railway. Connor originally spent two years at college studying mechanical engineering before he secured his apprenticeship. He now works across a variety of areas, including mechanical work, changing bogies underneath trains and electrical fault finding and modifications. Brendan chose to do this apprenticeship partly because engineering runs in his family. He wanted to do something engineering-based while earning money and getting a qualification at the same time.

“The best thing about my apprenticeship is that your company sponsors you to get all the qualifications you need to go far in the industry”, says Connor. “Looking back at the past four years, the knowledge I’ve gained is substantial. I have electrical engineering skills that I can take to any industry and use anywhere.” Brendan adds: “My apprenticeship has helped me to achieve in many ways. It’s enabled me to become an electrical engineer, which I’m very proud of. I look forward to using my skills when I finally move into the workplace as a professional fitter.”

Rob Hulson, Apprenticeship and Graduate Manager, South Western Railway “We’ve worked with Fareham College since the CEMAST campus opened in 2015. When I visited it I was completely blown away by the facilities, the enthusiasm of the lecturers and the management team. It’s proven to be so successful.”


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“Fareham College is different to other colleges, it feels like a proper working environment.”

Both Connor and Brendan’s apprenticeship journeys started full time at college. During college holidays, they spent the time in the train depot in Bournemouth learning about the tools they would be using. The second year was spent completely on the tools and learning the basics of the train. During their third year, they learnt about the more complex aspects of the role, including the electrical side and higher engineering skills. Now into their fourth year, they’re working on an apprenticeship project, which will be used in their final interviews.

They’ve also been able to participate in a lot of team building events and visited Germany for the recommissioning of new trains. Connor adds: “I would definitely recommend the apprenticeship route to anyone. It’s the best career choice I’ve made so far. It will give anyone in any industry the skills they need to progress in what they want to do. “Fareham is different to other colleges, it feels like a proper working environment. The lecturers are so helpful and at CEMAST I gained a lot of the knowledge I needed for when I arrived at my depot.”

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Frequently asked questions What are the entry requirements? Entry requirements vary on each programme but you need to be in the right job role to achieve the Apprenticeship. All apprenticeships require you to have maths and English qualifications, but Fareham College can help you achieve these if you don’t already have them.

Can I go onto a degree after I’ve finished my apprenticeship? Absolutely. Many of the employers we speak to encourage their apprentices to develop their skills at university. One of the main benefits of selecting a Higher Apprenticeship is that your fee at university is funded by your employer, which means no need to take out a student loan or pay fees. You’ll also be earning.

How is my wage set as an apprentice? Your apprenticeship wage is agreed direct with your employer.


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How to apply Apply online Our website is packed with a wealth of information and includes an online tool to guide you through the application process. To take your first step to becoming an apprentice, head to www.fareham.ac.uk/online-applications

Face to face Attending an Open Day or Evening is one of the best ways to find out more about apprenticeships. These are advertised on our website. You can also visit the college and speak to a member of our apprenticeships team.

Contact the team You can contact our team and talk to us about how to get started. Call 01329 815 200, or email info@fareham.ac.uk. We’ll guide you through your options and take you through the whole application process.

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