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Apprenticeships offer a real route in to engineering

engineering-apprenticeshipsAs  tomorrow’s engineer’s week  – which aims to shine a spotlight on engineers and the industry – comes to a close, we take a look at apprenticeships as a route in.

The engineering industry has long been an advocate of apprenticeships as they allow for training on-the-job, something which sits well in such a hands-on industry.

Engineering spans a wide range of vocations which means the opportunities in this sector are vast and varied. You could choose to go into mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical, aeronautical and more.

Potential engineering apprentices will need certain attributes in order to succeed. An ability to adapt to change is important, as engineers pave the way with new practices and techniques. A good grasp of English and maths is also essential, as well as the ability to work both alone or within a team.

The demand for engineering apprentices is ever-growing, with the hope that they will plug skills gaps and become the next generation of engineers, and the demand is not just in the UK. Engineering jobs can potentially take you all over the world.

Engineering apprenticeships can be done at all three levels; intermediate, advanced and higher. Higher apprenticeships are equivalent to university-level study, which means you’ll be at the top of your game, and desirable to employers looking for highly-skilled workers.

As an engineering apprentice you’ll train on-the-job to learn the specialist skills required for your role. You may also be able to take advantage of Vision West Nottinghamshire College’s Engineering Innovation Centre, to train using the latest engineering equipment.

Vision Apprentices has recruited a number of engineering apprentices across the UK, helping to fill the skills gaps and move the industry forward.

Tim Novell is general manager of New-Houghton based engineering firm Dale (Mansfield) Ltd – whose product lines include making hydraulic cylinders, military handling equipment and machines for off-shore oil and construction industries, and is a real advocate for apprenticeships in industry.

Tim said: “As we began to supply for alternative industries and other countries, the need to employ apprentices made sense. We had an average age of 60 amongst workers on the production floor and knew we needed to fill the widening age-gap.

“We’ve worked very productively with Vision West Nottinghamshire College – more recently through Vision Apprentices – and have two new apprentices join us each year. Lots of our staff now are those original apprentices who have progressed.”

And it’s not just engineering apprentices who can get ahead in engineering. We’ve also recruited apprentices in business and admin; helping to keep operations running smoothly.

Keep an eye on the Vision Apprentices vacancies page for engineering apprenticeship opportunities. If you’re interested in finding out more, you can also speak to our team on 0800 121 8317.

An A-Z of apprenticeships! #part2

jessica-johnsonThis week we’re finishing our A-Z of apprenticeships which includes everything you need to know. If you missed the first part of our two-parter you’ll find it here.

No debts…
Did we mention that apprenticeships are funded by the employer – AND you get paid too? Meaning no debts for you. We did? We just can’t help but shout about it.

As an apprentice – you aren’t just the  “tea maker”. Apprentices will have real responsibilities and get plenty of opportunities to learn more about their chosen industry.

Your new favourite day. Apprentices can potentially earn up to £300 per week meaning you’ll be able to afford those new trainers, driving lessons, night out, etc.

An apprenticeship isn’t just about learning skills in the workplace. You’ll also work towards industry-standard qualifications!

As an apprentice you’ll be working in a real role alongside real members of staff. You’ll need to be professional and responsible to get the job done and show employers you mean business.

Apprenticeships will boost your skills – from technical skills relevant to your apprenticeship, to communication and teamwork skills which transfer to any profession.

Technical certificate
One of the many qualifications you’ll work towards as part of your apprenticeship.

Some apprenticeships are offered up to university-level which means you’ll be getting the same level of qualifications as your friends at uni (who will be paying for the privilege)!).

Apprenticeship vacancies come along all the time – so you can start a potential apprenticeship all year round. Keep checking back on our website to see if any new ones have appeared in your area.

Work experience
Apprenticeships provide you with vital work experience, and in turn, employability skills which look great on your CV and UCAS applications should you choose to go into Higher Education following your apprenticeship.

Yes, ok – we cheated with this one, but apprenticeships are exciting and can get you on the path towards a new and diverse career.

Young people?
Many believe apprenticeships are “just for young people”. We’re here to dispel the myths. Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, and living in the UK. So if you’re looking for a career change – an apprenticeship could be for you.

Zoo keeper
Apprenticeships come in all shapes and sizes – and there are over 200 apprenticeship frameworks available – so you could become anything from an admin assistant to a zoo keeper!

Interested in apprenticeships? Visit our website for updated live vacancies, or call one of our team on 0800 121 8317.

An A-Z of apprenticeships! #part1

daniel-leaverIf you still don’t know about apprenticeships, where have you been? Apprenticeships have grown in popularity over the last few years, and are seen as a great alternative to university or an exciting first step into the working world.

We’ve compiled an A-Z of apprenticeships to give you an idea of what to expect. This week, we focus on A-M. 

Alternative to university
If you learn better in practical situations, want to earn money and have no debts – an apprenticeship could be for you.

There are so many benefits to apprenticeships, you earn a weekly wage, gain industry-standard qualifications, get work experience, meet people who are passionate about the industry you wish to work in, learn up to university-level and much more.

An apprenticeship could be the start of an amazing career – so make sure you choose to do it in something you love.

Debt – or lack of!
As we all know, university debts can soon stack up – with an apprenticeship, your training costs are paid by the employee, so you’re actually earning money rather than racking up debts.

As an apprentice you’ll be an employee of the company you’re doing an apprenticeship with. This means you get the same benefits as other employees of the company.

As an apprentice you’ll be working in a new environment, with new people – a great opportunity to make new friends.

The moment you apply for an apprenticeship, we will guide you through the whole process to ensure you’re looked after, on the right path and successfully finish your apprenticeship.

As an apprentice you’ll be entitled to at least 20 paid holidays per year, plus bank holidays.

An apprenticeship will help you develop new skills, and you’ll gain a whole new level of independence in the working world, than if you were to stay on a traditional learning route.

As an apprentice – you’ll have a real job, with real prospects for promotion. Did you know that upon finishing an apprenticeship, many of our apprentices stay in employment with the company they took up their apprenticeship with?

Once thought of as a “plan B”, apprenticeships have now gained enough kudos to stand tall against university study. With growing support from the government, schools and employers alike, apprenticeships proudly sit alongside other established career paths.

Live vacancies
We’re always adding live vacancies to our website. We recruit for apprentices throughout the UK – so a vacancy could crop up near you soon – check for more.

As an apprentice you’ll earn a weekly wage which can be as much as £300! The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is currently £3.30 per hour, but many employers choose to offer more.

Come back next week for the rest of our A-Z of apprenticeships! If you feel you’d like to start an apprenticeship, why not browse our live vacancies? Got a question about apprenticeships? Give our team a call on 0800 121 8317.

We’re open! Come and see us to talk apprenticeships! 28 Sept 2016

vision-apprentices-open-evening‘How long do apprenticeships last?’ ‘What’s the average apprenticeship salary?’ ‘Which industry sectors offer apprenticeships?’…

If you want to find out more about apprenticeships, our apprenticeship open evenings at Vision West Nottinghamshire College in Nottinghamshire are a great place to start.

This autumn, we’re holding a special apprenticeship event at the college’s Construction Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield inviting you to come along and find out more about apprenticeships in construction and engineering.

On the night you’ll be able to speak to our apprenticeship experts about anything and everything to do with apprenticeships, and view the current vacancies we have on offer.
You could even apply for an apprenticeship there and then! We’ll be happy to help with your application.

When you arrive, simply make your way to the main reception, where you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff who will provide you with information and take you to where you need to be.

You’ll also be able to check in with the college’s award-winning careers team who will be available on the night to help you with your choices, and discuss your options with you.

Come along on Wednesday 28 September 2016 4pm-6.30pm with your family and friends.

For more information call 0800 121 8317 or to view and apply for our vacancies now visit

It’s Adult Learners’ Week – and time to find an apprenticeship!

Adult-learners-apprenticeshipsAdult Learners’ Week (13-19 June) is a national celebration of lifelong learning; the biggest in England.’ Now in its 24th year, the celebrations aim to inspire adult learners across the globe.

At Vision Apprentices, we thought what better way to learn new skills than with an apprenticeship? In this short blog we introduce the idea of apprenticeships as a way for adults to learn new skills, by way of a hobby or as a route into a new profession.

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