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shutterstock_44594308Each September, thousands of young people across the country are preparing themselves for their next steps. Some will choose to study the traditional A Level route, others will take vocational courses at a college, and some will be ready to make the move on to university-level study.
This year, many more will take their place as an apprentice; giving them the opportunity to study and work – and get paid for it.

Vacancies across the country
Vision Apprentices has vacancies from as far north as Aberdeen, to as far south as Watford. We’re one of the largest providers of apprenticeships in the UK, and work with employers across the country to provide quality apprenticeships and training. Our employers range from small, family run businesses to UK-wide organisations.

Apprenticeships all year round
While schools, colleges and universities all begin their new term in September, apprenticeship vacancies can crop up all year round, giving those who feel they’re not enjoying their course, or who want to pursue another career avenue, a plan B.
Our current list of vacancies all close on 30 September, meaning there are over 100 opportunities to start a job in October!

A wide variety of jobs
The great thing about apprenticeships is the opportunity to pursue a career in the industry you wish to work in. Our current vacancies span a number of sectors including beauty therapy, business admin, construction, customer services, engineering, health and care and cookery to name but a few.

Some apprenticeships have more opportunities come available than others – there are plenty of opportunities to get into business admin and customer service, but apprenticeships also offer a route into more unusual jobs – we currently have vacancies for an apprentice pet store assistant, and an apprentice toolmaker!

A range of employers
We have apprenticeships with a number of large and small employers, from independent family run businesses, to large well-known organisations. We currently have vacancies with A-Plant, the University of Nottingham, Bunzl and more!

Easy to apply
Apprenticeship vacancies are easy to apply for. Visit our vacancies page, and search our vacancies by sector, choose the vacancy which looks most appealing to you, and click apply. You will then be asked to register your details with us, and start the process to becoming an apprentice.

We then work hard to match you with an apprenticeship that’s right for you, and start the process to you becoming an apprentice.

Need a little help?
Whether you’re unsure which apprenticeship is right for you, want to know more about apprenticeships in general, or are having trouble with your application, you can speak to an advisor today on 0800 121 8317!


Apprenticeships are available across 170 industries.

School’s out for summer, but have you thought about what’s next in terms of education and finding employment?

For some, staying on at their school’s sixth form may be the easy choice, for others they may decide to study their A Levels or a hands-on vocational course at the college.

There is however another route in to education which is becomingly increasingly popular amongst young people. Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 and living in the UK.

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FINISHED YOUR EXAMS? Don’t wait until #resultsday to start an apprenticeship

emilyMany students up and down the country will be finishing up a rather hectic period of revision and exam taking, and many of you will now be thinking ‘what’s next?’.

Don’t sit around waiting for GCSE results day come August. There are so many apprenticeship vacancies LIVE NOW online, including on our vacancies page, which can move you quickly into the career of your choice.

Apprenticeships are a great alternative for those who need to stay on in education until eighteen, and don’t wish to pursue traditional A Level and university options.

They provide real work experience, giving you the opportunity to work with and learn from like-minded employers, make real connections with employers, and earn a weekly wage too.

You’ll still gain qualifications to boost your CV (without the debts of Higher Education), and will have a competitive advantage over others who are looking for employment, without the added work experience.

You may be thinking that apprenticeships are for those fresh out of school, but apprenticeships can be studied by anyone over the age of 16 and living in the UK.

They make a great option for someone looking to move into a new career, and can refresh a tired CV with up-to-date, industry-specific skills employers are looking for.

Emily Rippon is currently studying a Level 3 apprenticeship with Rippon Homes in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. She said: “Since finishing my Level 2 NVQ I have been taken on full-time and I have now started working as the customer care admin assistance and receptionist. I have also begun my level 3 NVQ in Customer Service.

“I would definitely recommend this route, and for anyone looking to start an apprenticeship is to just go for it. I have no regrets doing my apprenticeship.”

You can find more examples of happy apprentices, here on our website.

Vision Apprentices specialises in six key apprenticeship industry sectors, including construction, engineering, hair and beauty, health and care, hospitality and retail; as well as being able to help you into any of the 170 job roles apprenticeships fall into.

If you’re interested in an apprenticeship, you can speak to the team by giving us a quick call on 0800 121 8317. We can help you with anything from questions about the application form, to giving you advice on what apprenticeship could be right for you.

Applications can be made online right now, so check our vacancies page, and start your apprenticeship journey today.

Apprentices build on construction skills thanks to local projects!

building-partnerships-largeThe UK construction industry is seeing a surge of development, with a high demand for more housing being the key focus for many city and district councils. One such council, which has recently begun work on building and regenerating its area, is Bolsover District Council in Derbyshire who have employed apprentices (through Vision Apprentices) to help with their current project.

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balloonsNational Apprenticeships Week is having a bit of a birthday, celebrating ten years of shouting about the positives of apprenticeships for both employers and, well, everyone!

Anyone over the age of 16 and living in the UK can start an apprenticeship. You can gain qualifications recognised in industry, vital work experience with a valued employer, and best of all get paid each week (with no student loans or debts to fork out for!).

It’s no wonder they’ve been shouting about something so good, for so long. And apprenticeships are only set to get better, as a group of 80 ‘trailblazer’ employers are currently working to set new apprenticeship standards, to ensure the skills you learn are tailored to your specific job role.

As part of National Apprenticeship Week, Vision Apprentices will be out and about to speak to members of the public interested in all things apprenticeships – keep an eye on our Twitter page to see where we are during the week.

There’ll also be an exclusive Apprenticeships Information Evening held at Vision West Nottinghamshire College, Mansfield (NG18 5BH), on Wednesday 15 March 5.30pm-7.30pm where you’ll be able to speak to advisors from Vision Apprentices, find out more about apprenticeships and apply for vacancies on the night.

Mansfield too far to travel? Our advisors are available to call Mon-Fri 9am-5pm on 0800 121 8317, and are ready to answer any questions you have about apprenticeships. You can also apply directly for apprenticeships on our website – just search by location for your nearest vacancy.

Keep an eye out on our Facebook page (as well as Twitter) throughout National Apprenticeship Week as we’ll be sharing some great quotes from apprentices and employers, shouting out about the benefits of apprenticeships!

Missed the UCAS deadline…how about an apprenticeship?

degree-gradIt’s that time of year again, the dreaded UCAS deadline has been and gone quicker than a flash, perhaps before you’ve even decided what you want to do with your life.

So where does that leave you in terms or university and your next steps for 2017?

If you’re now looking for a Plan B – may we suggest an apprenticeship – there are so many great reasons to start one!

An apprenticeship is essentially a job with training. As an apprentice, you’ll become an employee, gain work experience and train towards qualifications necessary for your field of work. You’ll also get paid (including paid holidays!), and, unlike going to university, you’ll have NO STUDENT DEBTS TO WORRY ABOUT!

If you do want to go back to study – you might need to wait until courses begin again in September. Apprenticeship vacancies spring up all through the year, so you could be starting your dream job as early as next month.

We’ve made the application process for apprenticeships really easy, and new jobs are coming up all the time (keep checking the Vision Apprentices vacancies page for more).

Did we mention that apprenticeships are available in over 1500 job roles across a range of industries? This gives you plenty of opportunities to get on the road towards your dream career.

Did you also know some apprenticeships can be studied up to university-level? Not only can you study at the same level as your friends at university, but you’ll be earning money, have no debts AND already have your foot in the door in the world of work!

Sound good? Higher Apprenticeships are the equivalent to a university-level qualification (including a HNC, HND, foundation degree or even the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree). There are currently 40 subjects available as Higher apprenticeships, which cover many many job roles! You can find more information about Higher Apprenticeships at

At Vision Apprenticeships, we’ve got Higher Apprenticeships in our sights and look forward to bringing them to you, but until then – why not check out our current vacancies at or ask us a question by calling 0800 121 8317 – we’re always ready to help!

New Year, New You, New qualification with an apprenticeship!

decisions, decisionsWith the New Year still ringing loudly, for many it’s the time when they begin to think about the year ahead, making resolutions to change an aspect of their lives. These usually range from getting fitter, to taking up new hobbies – or one of the big ones – a career change.

With a good proportion of the population all job-seeking in January (52% of young people according to job listing website Indeed), it may be difficult to find that new role that you’re looking for. A new job would also mean leaving all you know and taking a big leap into the unknown, which is quite a scary thought (and perhaps not one to rush). But what if there was a way in which you could stay at your place of work, and upskill to increase your chances of promotion?

Perhaps it’s time to speak to your current employer to let them know that employees, like you, can become apprentices!

Apprenticeships are essentially a job with training. They’re available in over 170 industries, and as an apprentice you undertake a specific job role, but you also gain qualifications which are nationally-recognised, and can boost your knowledge of that specific job.

The government is keen to get more apprenticeships into the workplace. Your boss may like to hear that they may be entitled to grants and funding to support you as an apprentice (dependent on T&Cs). It could also be beneficial to them to keep you on board rather than hire someone new, as you’ll already know the ins and outs of your job and have an established place within your team.

Learning new things will help to breathe new life into your job role, and will be a great boost to that CV, too.

Of course, this option isn’t available to everyone (and it’s at the discretion of your employer), so if you’re still set on a complete new job change, apprenticeships are still very much an option, as they can project you quickly into a completely different industry, and allow you to gain qualifications and experience.

If you’re interested in an apprenticeship, you can browse Vision Apprentices vacancies here, or give us a call on 0800 121 8317 to speak to an advisor who can help provide information to your employer. Who knows, by February you could be starting something new while proving that not all resolutions are for breaking!

Looking for your next job? Beat the Christmas rush and apply for an apprenticeship

santas-workingAs the holidays draw ever closer, many shops and businesses will be advertising for temporary positions, to help with the demands of Christmas shoppers and those hoping to bag a bargain.

From Christmas elves to pickers and packers, many places will need a quick turnaround of staff to help with a variety of tasks that require minimal training for an immediate start.

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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.