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Be an Apprentice

Are you ready to get your career started? An apprenticeship could be the right route for you!

Earn while you learn

If full-time study is not for you then one of our apprenticeship programmes can help you get started in your new career. Earning money while learning on-the-job, and getting national recognised qualifications all at the same time is reason 1 why an apprenticeship could be the right choice for you!

Choice of careers

Sunderland College is one of the biggest apprenticeship providers in the region and can offer you over 40 apprenticeship programmes from plumbing and heating to health and social care.

Get Paid

As an apprentice you will earn a minimum of £3.50 an hour (April 2017). With no student loan or tuition fees, you will also have less debt than if you were studying a full-time course.

Excellent prospects

Starting in the workplace means there is lots of potential for you to progress in your career quickly, giving you a fast track route to your career success.

Great support

You will get the best of both worlds with support from your employer and support from the College to make sure you achieve and get the best out of your apprenticeship.

Real job

You will be doing a real job for a real employer and your onthe- job training will let you put your skills and knowledge into practice and show employers what you are capable of.

A competitive edge

An apprenticeship will give you the edge when competing for jobs against other well-qualified candidates, and your experience in the workplace will give you a head start.

Get hired

The vast majority of our apprentices secure employment after they have completed their programme. The qualifications, skills and experience you gain on an apprenticeship will look good on your CV and your apprenticeship could even turn into a full-time job.

Gain skills

Not only will you develop job specific skills, you will gain transferable skills such as time management, that you can use in other industries and careers.

An alternative to university

The new higher apprenticeship programmes mean that you can become qualified to degree level and even beyond, while staying in employment.


Here are our top tips for an impressive CV:

Keep it to the point

Your CV should be no longer than two sides of A4 and provide an overview of your skills, qualifications and experience. Use bullet points or lists so it’s easier to read.

Essential information

Include your name, contact details, a personal profile, secondary education and qualifications, work experience, interests and hobbies and reference details.

A sensible email

Make sure the email address you use is suitable to display on your CV. Always try to include your full name.

Other interests

It’s important for an employer to know what hobbies or interests you enjoy doing in your free time and gives them a more rounded view of you as a person.

Personalise it

Tailor it to the job you are applying for and only include relevant information that they will be interest in.

Update it

Each time you gain more experience, take on more responsibility or learn a new skill, make sure you update your CV.

Looking good

Make a good impression making sure your CV is well presented and clear to read, with no spelling or grammatical errors.

Be honest

Lying on your CV can land you in a whole heap of trouble when it comes to employers checking your references.

Be positive

Showcase your skills in the best possible light so an employer is convinced you’re the best candidate for the job!

Use your experience

Everyone has some work experience from babysitting to helping mentor younger brothers/sisters – it’s all work experience!

Take a look on our apprenticeships website for more information!