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Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices

To support those apprentices who have been made redundant or think they might be in the future, we’ve launched the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices.

Apprentices can call 0800 015 0400 to get free impartial advice, find new opportunities and access local and national support services offering financial, health and wellbeing, legal and careers advice. Apprentices and employers can also call Harlow College on 01279 868212

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Apprenticeships are a great way to get into the world of work

An Apprenticeship can launch your career, allow you to start earning and gain you a nationally recognised qualification. You will gain invaluable experience of working in a professional environment with the benefits of formal training. Typically, you will spend four days in the workplace and one day at college, depending on the needs of your employer.

An Apprenticeship can be a route to university level qualifications. You usually start at Level 2 or Level 3 and you can then progress to a Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4, or go on to study for part-time degree level qualifications such as HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees.

Get in touch with us today to find out more about Apprenticeships or how to apply for one.

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Harlow College works with local and national employers to provide career-starting Apprenticeships.

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We offer Apprenticeships in the following areas:

Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship

Adult Care Workers are the frontline staff who help adults with care and support needs to achieve their personal goals and live as independently and safely as possible, enabling them to have control and choice in their lives.

The Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship is an integrated programme of knowledge and skills acquisition, developed alongside core behaviours expected of a competent worker operating in a regulated field. The award of the apprenticeship certificate will signify a recognition of competence in a role and enable progression to higher levels of skills development.

Aircraft Maintenance Fitter/Technician Apprenticeship

Aircraft Maintenance Fitters/Technicians work on maintaining aircraft of all types from small aeroplanes to airliners, jet fighters and helicopters, both civil and military. They are expected to carry out approved maintenance processes to maintain the airworthiness of the aircraft. It involves highly skilled, complex and specialist work, maintaining aircraft systems according to approved requirements and work instructions, using relevant hand tools and equipment. They must comply with civil and or military regulatory and organisational requirements. They must be able to research data sources, ensuring that on completion of a task all aircraft documentation is accurately filled in.

Airside Operator Apprenticeship

Airside operators are the ‘eyes and ears’ of the airfield team, and spend much of their working day or night out on the airfield patrolling, inspecting and then addressing situations to ensure that the flow of arriving and departing aircraft are on schedule. Although every airport is slightly different, the role covers a multitude of tasks including area inspections; patrolling the perimeter fence around the airport; monitoring bird activity and clearing wildlife using specialist vehicles and equipment; monitoring aircraft turnarounds and marshalling. The airside operator works in a high risk, safety critical environment requiring excellent communication, prioritising, effective decision making, problem solving and technical skills. The role requires a keen sense of situational awareness and the need to work safely to minimise incidents and accidents. This qualification is supported by the Civil Aviation Authority.

Assistant Accountant Level 3 Apprenticeship

This qualification will prepare apprentices for junior and entry-level accounting roles. It delivers a solid foundation in finance administration, covering areas such as double entry bookkeeping and basic costing principles. Learners will then move on to mastering more complex accounting disciplines including financial processes, advanced bookkeeping, final accounts and ethical practices for accountants. The Advanced Diploma in Accounting qualification is at level 3 - equivalent to A-levels - and will equip apprentices with skills that can be directly applied in their roles.

Autocare Technician Apprenticeship

The Autocare Technician Apprenticeship provides you with a fantastic start to your automotive career. You will not only gain expertise in the technical elements but also learn excellent customer service skills which will open doors to an extensive range of future career options for you.

Aviation Ground Operative Apprenticeship

An aviation ground operative could work in a number of environments, such as a commercial airport, military base / aerodrome, heliport or other airfield. With five key specialist functions, all working in conjunction with each other, aviation ground operators form the teams above and below wing to ensure the efficient and effective arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft. At the heart of the role safety, security and compliance with aviation regulations focus each operator’s day to day duties. Effective communication and team work ensure that passenger services, air traffic control (ATC) and those moving, loading, unloading and servicing a range of aircraft achieve the objectives of their organisation in this diverse field.

Aviation Ground Specialist Apprenticeship

An aviation operations specialist could work in a number of aviation environments, such as a commercial airport, military base / aerodrome, heliport or other airfield. Specialist roles, all focussed around the arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft and maintaining an aviation operation, will include knowledge, skills and behaviours to complete complex aviation tasks and may include supervision of others to enable compliance with regulations through a safe, secure and effective aviation operation. These functions may include loading and unloading of aircraft, air traffic control (ATC), movement of aircraft and vehicles airside and the management of passengers both airside and landside. The functions all work as part of a combined team, within which communication with wider colleagues and other stakeholders is essential and the aviation operations specialist plays a key part of a coherent operation.

Brickwork Apprenticeship

Bricklayers build and repair walls, chimney stacks, tunnel linings and decorative stonework. They might also refurbish brickwork and masonry on restoration projects. If you enjoy doing practical things and you are interested in construction, this could be the perfect job for you. To become a bricklayer, you will need to be able to read plans. You’ll also need to be able to work in a well organised way.

Business Administrator Apprenticeship

Business administrators have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors. This includes small and large businesses alike; from the public, private and charitable sectors. The role may involve working independently or as part of a team and will involve developing, implementing, maintaining and improving administrative services. Business administrators develop key skills and behaviours to support their own progression towards management responsibilities.

Carpentry Apprenticeship – Joinery

Joiners make and install wooden fixtures and fittings. They can work in many areas, for instance on construction sites, fitting out shops and bars, and building sets for film and TV. If you enjoy working with wood and want to put your practical skills to good use, this could be an ideal career for you. You'll need an eye for detail, good maths skills for working out measurements and the ability to follow technical plans.

Carpentry Apprenticeship – Site Carpentry

Site carpentry is a skilled trade, creating and installing building components using timber products. Site Carpenters normally work on a building site or in domestic and commercial premises, preparing and fixing building components, from the initial erection of a new building, through to the installation of all necessary fixtures and fittings, as well as a range of repair and maintenance activities. Advanced site carpentry involves carrying out skilled tasks on a construction site or in a workshop, creating and installing building components. The advanced carpenter and joiner is able to undertake complex job tasks, requiring high levels of practical skills and knowledge, in addition to managing their own work and leading small teams.

Customer Service Practitioner Apprenticeship

A customer service advisor plays an important role within a business organisation. Employers recognise the key role customer-facing staff play in determining the quality of the customer experience and increasing customer loyalty. The economy is increasingly service-led, with more and more customer demands for better and individualised service. Employers estimated there to be 113,000 new jobs in customer service in England during 2004-2014, which is continuing to increase. As a Customer Service Apprentice, your exact duties will depend on your employer. It's likely that you'll be working with a team or member of staff to handle various tasks. You may be communicating effectively with customers face to face, in writing, or by telephone, resolving problems and improving customer relations, promoting products and services, keeping records, gathering customer feedback. This type of work requires strong communication, negotiation and flexibility skills. One of the great things about Customer Service is that you can work almost anywhere, with your transferable skills; you could be working in a hotel, large global organisation or maybe a charity. Customer Service roles are also an excellent starting point to progress into different market sectors, start your own business or move into management once you have more experience.

Customer Service Specialist Apprenticeship

A customer service specialist plays an important role within a business organisation. Employers recognise the key role customer-facing staff play in determining the quality of the customer experience and increasing customer loyalty. The economy is increasingly service-led, with more and more customer demands for better and individualised service. Employers estimated there to be 113,000 new jobs in customer service in England during 2004-2014, which is continuing to increase. As a Customer Service Apprentice, your exact duties will depend on your employer. It's likely that you'll be working with a team or member of staff to handle various tasks. You may be communicating effectively with customers face to face, in writing, or by telephone, resolving problems and improving customer relations, promoting products and services, keeping records, gathering customer feedback. This type of work requires strong communication, negotiation and flexibility skills. One of the great things about Customer Service is that you can work almost anywhere, with your transferable skills; you could be working in a hotel, large global organisation or maybe a charity. Customer Service roles are also an excellent starting point to progress into different market sectors, start your own business or move into management once you have more experience.

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  • Level: 3
  • Study Mode: 1 day a week in college 4 days a week in employment
  • Start Date: October and February

Early Years Educator Apprenticeship

Do you enjoy working with young people and have a caring and patient nature? A career in childcare care could be perfect for you. Doing an Early Years apprenticeship will allow you to gain the skills you'll need to work in this dynamic industry. You'll learn how to work with children of different ages, educate and care for children and ultimately how to excel in your Early Years career.

You will be supervising others in the care and education of 0-5yr olds in early years settings and gaining practical and theoretical knowledge covering a variety of topics to include child development, health and safety, safeguarding and inclusion.

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  • Level: 2
  • Study Mode: 1 day a week in college 4 days a week in employment
  • Start Date: October and February

Early Years Practitioner Apprentice

You will be assisting others in the care and education of 0-5yr olds in an early years settings, gaining practical and theoretical knowledge covering a variety of topics to include child development, health and safety, safeguarding and inclusion.

Electrical Installation Apprenticeship

This Apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and experience to work competently in the electrical industry whilst working towards the industry standard qualification. You'll work under the close supervision of an experienced employer, learning all aspects of the job while maintaining effective working relationships with other trades and customers.

Electrical Maintenance Apprenticeship

This Apprenticeship will provide you with the skills and experience to work competently in the electrical industry whilst working towards the industry standard qualification. You'll work under the close supervision of an experienced employer, learning all aspects of the job while maintaining effective working relationships with other trades and customers.

Engineering Technician Level 3 Apprenticeship

If you're keen to earn while you learn an apprenticeship is for you. The apprenticeship in Engineering is designed to meet the skills needs of employers. Apprenticeships are offered at Advanced and Higher level. Each level is designed to enable you to gain technical knowledge and real practical experience, along with functional and interpersonal skills. You'll learn these through a mix of learning in the workplace, formal off the job training and the opportunity to practice and embed new skills in a real work situation. As an apprentice at Harlow College you could be earning £12,156 to £18,000 a year.

Events Assistant Apprenticeship

An Events Assistant is an entry level position, typically working within a team of people in an events company or within the events department of a larger organisation. This course involves the development and demonstration of skills and knowledge across 3 broad areas: operational, professional and commercial.

Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Apprenticeship

This Apprenticeship is ideal for those looking to become Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technicians (Heavy Vehicle) capable of servicing and repairing heavy goods vehicles and vehicles with a gross weight of over 3500kg. It is suitable for those working in either a dealership for a manufacturer or for an independent garage that deals with many different makes of vehicles.

Infrastructure Technician Apprenticeship

An Infrastructure Technician provides support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs, by using tools to problem solve and trouble shoot non routine problems. The Infrastructure Technician sets people up on systems and provides support when they need it, rectifying issues to maintain the organizations’ productivity.

IT Solutions Technician Apprentice

The IT Solutions Technician Apprentice will develop core skills, knowledge and behaviours to implement and maintain complete IT, hardware and software solutions. In addition to these core knowledge and skills, you can opt to specialise in either IT Hardware Solutions undertaking activities in the infrastructure aspects of solutions such as servers and networks (fixed or mobile) or IT Software Solutions undertaking activities in the area of applications and supporting components such as databases.

Finishing skills gained throughout the programme include, methodical and analytical working, team working, problem-solving; skills in human relations, clients’ needs, Legislation, risk management and cyber security.

Laboratory Technician Apprenticeship

Laboratory technicians work in a wide range of organisations, including chemical, primary and secondary pharmaceutical, biotechnology, formulated products, nuclear companies and analytical science services. A laboratory technician may carry out both routine and one-off laboratory testing and perform a variety of technical support functions across the organisation. In any context working safety and ethically is paramount and many companies operate under highly regulated conditions because of the need to control the quality and safety of products, for example medicines. Laboratory technicians are expected to work both individually and as part of a team. They are able to work with minimum supervision, taking responsibility for the quality and accuracy of the work that is undertaken. They are proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving the business.

Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship

The Lead Adult Care Worker Apprenticeship is an integrated programme of knowledge and skills acquisition, developed alongside core behaviours expected of a competent worker operating in a regulated field. The award of the apprenticeship certificate will signify recognition of competence in a role and enable progression to higher levels of skills development.

Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Apprenticeship

The Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Apprenticeship addresses a wide range of skills essential for working in the industry. General course core units (knowledge & skills and competence) include: health and safety in the motor industry, roles and responsibilities, workshop tools and equipment.
Technical units include: routine maintenance, engines, lubrication and cooling, fuel, ignition and air and exhaust, skills in engine units and components, electrical units, chassis systems, transmission system, inspecting using prescribed methods.

Marketing Assistant Apprenticeship

Responsible for coordinating and delivering marketing activities which could include marketing content creation, background market and customer research, monitoring campaign analytics and collecting data, using relevant marketing software/systems, maintaining marketing administration activities. 

Network Engineer Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship will provide the skills to design, install, maintain and support communication networks within an organisation or between organisations. Network engineers need to maintain high levels of operation of communication networks in order to provide maximum performance and availability for their users, such as staff, clients, customers and suppliers. They will understand network configuration, cloud, network administration and monitoring tools, and be able to give technical advice and guidance.

Operations/Departmental Manager Level 5 Apprenticeship

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The Operations/Departmental Manager Apprenticeship is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute. Staff learn on the job, applying new skills to their existing role. It is ideal for those who are, or who wish to become, Operational/Departmental Managers, or existing managers who have practical management skills, but wish to develop their theoretical understanding further.

Plumbing & Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship

Starting from 31 January 2021

You will learn to design and plan, select and install, commission and maintain plumbing and heating systems. Working as part of a team and managing workflow and projects skilfully, as well as dealing with customers is a vital part of the learning process. You will develop knowledge, skills and behaviours supporting accuracy, marking-out, cutting and bending skills, along with jointing in metal and plastic. Appliances and equipment covered include gas, oil and solid fuel boilers, pumps, bathroom furniture, control systems and aspects of above ground drainage and water supply. New technology including solar, thermal biomass and water recycling are also covered. 

Pre-Apprenticeship in Engineering (Machining)

Talented engineers, technicians and managers are vital to the future success of the engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors – and the opportunities are huge. This course will give you a solid foundation in the hands-on skills that employers say are vital to keep these industries running successfully - skills that you will have for life!

Professional Accounting / Taxation Technician

This is an Apprenticeship designed as an entry-level role into the Accountancy and / or Taxation sectors. Roles are applicable to organisations of all sizes and to Apprentices in Accountancy and Taxation Practices including finance functions in Private, Public and Charity Sector organisations. Individuals in the role of a Professional Accounting/Tax Technician will have responsibility for creating, and/or verifying and reviewing, accurate and timely financial information within the organisation in which they are employed or on behalf of another organisation.

Property Maintenance Operative Apprenticeship

If you're keen to earn money whilst you train to become a fully qualified tradesperson then an apprenticeship may be for you. A Property Maintenance Operative apprenticeship will equip you with the necessary experience and training required for you to progress in your career. You'll work closely with an experienced employer while in the workplace and learn from our hugely experienced team of tutors at the College. You'll not only become a qualified property maintenance operative, you'll also learn all aspects of working in industry.

Recruitment Consultant Apprenticeship

The recruitment consultant apprenticeship is aimed at someone who works within a recruitment function of an organisation. Their role is to identify, attract and shortlist candidates for the recruitment process to fulfil the requirements of the business brief and provide resourcing support to the recruitment function. They may also be required to identify new business opportunities.

Recruitment Resourcer Apprenticeship

The recruitment resourcer apprenticeship is aimed at someone who works within a recruitment function of an organisation. Their role is to identify, attract and shortlist candidates for the recruitment process to fulfil the requirements of the business brief and provide resourcing support to the recruitment function. They may also be required to identify new business opportunities.

Team Leader/Supervisor Apprenticeship

The Level 3 Team Leader/Supervisor apprenticeship is for someone who can take responsibility for managing a team or discrete project. They can support, manage and develop team members, manage projects, plan and monitor workloads and resources. They can take responsibility for delivering operational plan, resolving problems and building relations.

Team Leading Level 2 Apprenticeship

The Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading builds and broadens the skills and knowledge gained in the workplace, provides key knowledge and practical applications, and assesses the transference of the knowledge into behaviours in the workplace.