A bricklaying student in the workshop at East Durham College's Peterlee Campus


An Apprenticeship is a great way for individuals to learn (and earn!) and for employers to discover skilled and talented employees.

There has never been a better time to consider an Apprenticeship. Young people can ‘get in and go far’ with an Apprenticeship at some of Britain’s biggest and brightest companies where they can gain skills and qualifications, some of which can go up to degree level, while working and earning.

The world is changing fast and to get ahead these days you need to have some great skills. But you don’t need to sit in a classroom all day to get them.

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go. Result!

If you‘re over 16 and not in full time education then you can apply.

Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and cover 1500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from engineering to accountancy, public relations to veterinary nursing.

Key Benefits

  • Progress your career: Employers recognise and value Apprenticeships so you’ll fly through the ranks.
  • Learn job specific skills: Learn from the masters and work alongside experienced staff to gain top notch skills.
  • Achieve sought after qualifications: Apprenticeships are the gold standard for work-based learning.

Earn While You Learn

  • From the beginning of October 2015, apprentices aged 16 and 17 saw their National Minimum Wage (NMW) increased from £2.73 to £3.30 per hour (a 20% increase). The NMW rate for apprentices aged 18-20 increased from £5.13 to £5.30 per hour and the NMW rate for apprentices aged 21 and over increased from £6.50 to £6.70.  Visit https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates for more details.
  • More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific Apprenticeship occupations can be accessed by looking at the vacancies on https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

Your Career

Employers really value Apprenticeships. They know if you have one that you’ve got the skills so you’ll shoot through the ranks and your career will progress rapidly. You’ll feel the rewards in your pockets too. People with an Advanced Level Apprenticeship earn around £117,000* more than those without, over the course of their career.

From then on, the world is your oyster. You can collect UCAS points, study for Technical Certificates, go on to higher education at college or uni or carry on working, get promoted and take on the world!

There are three types of Apprenticeship you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (Level 2)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship (Level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 or above)

There’s never been a better time to become an apprentice and East Durham College are here to help you turn your career dreams into a reality.

Contact Us

We have a dedicated team of specialists who work closely with you. They will guide and support you throughout the whole experience and will be there for you every step of the way.

To find out more information or to apply for an Apprenticeship, please call the Apprenticeship Team on 0191 518 8259 or 0191 518 8294 or email apprenticeships@eastdurham.ac.uk

Employers should contact our Employer Engagement team on 0191 518 8294 or 0191 518 5587 or you can email: hayley.clifton@eastdurham.ac.uk or emma.norbury@eastdurham.ac.uk

National Apprenticeship Service

You can also find out more detail by visiting www.getingofar.gov.uk

Or have a look at the National Apprenticeship Service brochure in the PDF below.

A Guide To Apprenticeship Brochure (June 2017 Edition)

* Returns to Intermediate and Low Level Qualifications (September 2011).