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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

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

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 Apprenticeship

This is an apprenticeship, designed as an entry level role into the Accountancy Profession, and can lead into a variety of careers with supporting professional qualifications. The role is applicable to a wide range of employers across the sector in both large and small firms and in industry, practice and public sector.

An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and works predominately either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Part of their role involves assisting in the day to day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. In addition an Assistant Accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.

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.

Aviation Operations Manager

An aviation operations manager has accountability for compliance, safety and security within their area, must effectively plan and manage the use of resources and ensure compliance with processes and procedures. They may manage an aviation operation in a variety of contexts, such as a commercial airport, military base / aerodrome, heliport or other airfield. Specialist roles, all focussed around the management of aircraft arrival, turnaround and departure, as well as the environment and facilities, require knowledge, skills and behaviours to complete complex aviation tasks and management of others to enable compliance with regulations through a safe, secure and effective aviation operation. Effective communication and decision making across all levels of the organisation and with stakeholders across the aviation operation are essential.

Bench Joinery Apprenticeship

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.

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 & Administration 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.

Business Administration Apprenticeship

A business administrator plays an important support role within a business organisation. Administrators handle the day-to-day tasks in an office and make sure things run smoothly – 97% of employers say that effective administration is essential to their business.

As a Business Administration 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 producing board meeting documents, putting financial information together in spreadsheets, providing marketing and event management support, sending the daily post, or faxing and photocopying confidential documents. This type of work requires a strong sense of responsibility, accuracy and attention to detail.

One of the great things about Business Administration is that you can work almost anywhere, with your transferable skills; you could be working in a record company, large global organisation or maybe a charity. Administration 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.

Catering – Professional Cookery Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery will provide you with the skills and experience to work competently within the hospitality industry whilst working towards the industry standard qualification. As an apprentice, you will work under close supervision of an experienced employer. You will learn all aspects of the industry while maintaining effective working relationships with other trades and customers.

Children and Young People's Workforce Apprenticeship

Build the knowledge and skills you'll need to work with children and young people. This course pepares you for a diverse range of roles working in children's environments, including early years and social care. It's suitable for anyone who wants to work in a supervised role in the children and young people's workforce in England.

This workforce makes up around 10% of the labour market in England. A large number work in the public sector, including in schools, colleges, local authorities and the NHS. Many work in the private sector – particularly in early years, but there are private providers in all areas of services to children and young people.

Commis Chef Apprenticeship

A commis chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and in principal the most junior culinary role. A commis chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef. The primary objective of the commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen. Therefore having the opportunity to experience, consider and value each section with a view to choosing an area where they feel most inspired. The learning journey of any chef will vary considerably from one individual to the next; however it is necessary to understand and have experience in the basics that this role provides in order to progress to any future senior chef role.

Creative & Digital Media Apprenticeship

Why study on a full time course for free when you can earn real money working for a company that's prepared to invest in your future for you? This course has been designed to provide you with the skills you need to embark on a career within the creative industries. As an apprentice, you will work under close supervision of an experienced employer. You will learn all aspects of the industry while maintaining effective working relationships with other trades and customers.

Customer Service 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.

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.

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 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.

Engineering Technician – Maintenance Pathway

Talented engineers, technicians and managers are vital to the future success of the engineering industry. Maintenance Technicians ensure that plant and equipment perform to the required standard to facilitate production targets regarding Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost within High Value Manufacturing environments. Typically the work would cover a broad range of activities include installation, testing, fault finding and the on-going planned maintenance of complex automated equipment. This requires the application of a complex blend of skills, knowledge and occupational behaviours across the electrical, electronic, mechanical, fluid power and control systems disciplines.

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.

Food & Beverage Services Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering Services will give you the skills and experience you'll need to work competently in the hospitality industry whilst working towards the industry standard qualification. As an apprentice, you'll work under the close supervision of an experienced employer. You'll learn all aspects of the industry while maintaining effective working relationships with other trades and customers.

Health & Social Care Apprenticeship

If you're new to adult social care, then an Apprenticeship is one of the best ways to get into the sector. You'll work alongside experienced staff and learn the skills and knowledge for you to be a skilled and confident worker. Apprenticeships can also help those working in adult social care to formalise their knowledge and progress their career. At the end of your Apprenticeship you'll have gained both experience and qualifications.

Heavy Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship in Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair will give you the opportunity to work for an employer, earn a salary and at the same time study to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. You will learn all aspects of the industry while maintaining effective working relationships with customers and colleagues.

Hospitality & Catering Services Apprenticeship

If you're keen to earn whilst you learn an apprenticeship is for you. An Apprenticeship in Hospitality and Catering Services will give you the skills and experience you'll need to work competently within the hospitality industry whilst working towards the industry standard qualification. You'll work under the close supervision of an experienced employer and you'll learn all aspects of the industry, while maintaining effective working relationships with other trades and customers.

Hospitality Manager Apprenticeship

Hospitality managers work across a huge variety of organisations including bars, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels and contract caterers. These managers generally specialise in a particular area, however their core knowledge, skills and behaviours are aligned. Common to all managers in this role is their passion for exceeding customers’ expectations. Hospitality managers have a high level of responsibility and are accountable for fulfilling the business vision and objectives which requires excellent business, people and customer relation skills. Individuals in this role are highly motivated team leaders that combine a talent for management and specific industry skills and thrive on the customer facing nature of the role.

Hospitality Supervisor Apprenticeship

Hospitality supervisors work across a wide variety of businesses including bars, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels or contract caterers. They provide vital support to management teams and are capable of independently supervising hospitality services and running shifts. They typically work under pressure delivering fantastic customer service and motivating a team is essential to their role. The majority of supervisors’ skills and knowledge are the same but supervisors may specialise in specific functions or work across a variety of functions which reflect the multi-functional nature of the industry.

Hospitality Team Member Apprenticeship

A hospitality team member can work in a range of establishments, for example bars, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels or contract caterers. The role is very varied and although hospitality team members tend to specialise in an area, they have to be adaptable and ready to support team members across the business, for example during busy periods. The most important part of the role is developing hospitality skills and knowledge such as recognising customer needs, knowing how to match them to the products and services of the business and working as part of a team to ensure that every customer, whether they are eating in a restaurant, drinking cocktails in a bar, ordering room service in a hotel or attending a business conference feels welcomed and looked after.

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 Application Specialist Apprenticeship

The IT specialist role plays an important support role within a business organisation. IT application specialists provide support and assistance to colleagues to make effective use of available IT systems and software. IT user skills are required for over 72% of job roles and over 90% of new posts specially require IT user skills. As an IT Application Specialist 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 providing support to other staff members, working on a helpdesk, creating and amending many types of formatted information including documents, diagrams, spreadsheets and presentations. This type of work requires a strong sense of responsibility, accuracy and attention to detail. One of the great things about IT Application Specialist is that you can work almost anywhere, with your transferable skills; you could be working in an IT systems centre, large global organisation or maybe a small independent company.

IT Practitioner Apprenticeship

This is an ideal qualification for the budding IT professional and is suitable for those in a wide range of job roles. While you are working you can learn and gain an industry recognised IT qualification. Businesses across the country are increasingly realising the enormous benefits that an apprenticeship provides, not only in terms of creating a highly skilled workforce but also by boosting productivity and staff retention. We know employers directly benefit from these highly trained apprentices.

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.

Learning and Development Apprenticeship

The Learning and Development Apprenticeship is for learners with an interest in and aptitude for training-related activities. It will help them learn new skills whilst building on and improving existing ones so that they can do their job more effectively.

Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair will give you the opportunity to work for an employer, earn a salary and at the same time study to gain a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. You will learn all aspects of the industry while maintaining effective working relationships with customers and colleagues.

Manufacturing Engineering Apprenticeship

This high-quality programme of engineering training is designed for talented apprentices who have completed an advanced level apprenticeship, or hold equivalent qualifications. You’ll work towards achieving engineering technician or incorporated engineer status in your field of specialisation. You’ll learn advanced skills and complete a Level 4 NVQ in engineering leadership. You’ll also take a relevant Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, or Foundation Degree, which could lead to progression to an honours degree in engineering technology. You’ll also learn how to write reports, use IT and work effectively in a team.

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

The operations/departmental manager apprenticeship is for someone who is able to manage teams and/or projects, and has responsibility for planning, delivering and achieving departmental goals and objectives. They are accountable to a more senior manager, head of department or small business owner and responsible for the operations and/or policy delivery of the organisation’s strategy.

Plumbing & Heating Apprenticeship

As a plumber, you could find yourself working in many different places – from construction sites to residential homes. Job prospects are good, with plenty of scope for self-employment. As a plumbing apprentice, you'll learn about the installation and maintenance of plumbing systems and components. You be working under minimal supervision to complete the installation and maintenance of domestic hot water, cold water, sanitation, drainage, rainwater systems, central heating systems and components.

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!

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 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.

Retail Apprenticeship

The Retail industry offers many exciting career opportunities and we provide clear pathways to a successful career in the sector. You could work in a variety of shops and other retail establishments such as small boutiques, large high street chains and well known department stores are just a few examples. The possibilities are vast and in addition to this you could be working in remote environments for example in telephone, mail order and on-line retail. The UK’s retail sector is vibrant and offers many opportunities for early career progression. Example job roles include visual merchandiser supervisor, style advisor, department manager, store manager and many more.

Retail Skills Apprenticeship

Retail covers all kinds of businesses, from national chains and large superstores to market stalls and independent shops. As an apprentice, your role will depend on your employer – you could be assisting customers on the sales floor of a high street store or handling their purchases. On the Advanced Level Apprenticeship, your training will focus on gaining specific skills in your preferred speciality. You will handle more responsibility and gain important management skills.

Sales Apprenticeship

Sales plays an important role within any business organisation. The sales and telesales workforce is one of the largest professional groups in the UK today, employing around 7% of the UK workforce. As a Sales 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. Sales Advisors duties include processing sales orders, supporting customers in obtaining finance for purchases and generate sales leads. This type of work requires a strong sense of responsibility, accuracy and attention to detail. One of the great things about Sales is that you can work almost anywhere, with your transferable skills; you could be working in a dynamic environment, call centre, large global organisation or maybe a retail outlet. Sales 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.

Senior Chef Production Cooking Apprenticeship

Senior production chefs strive to produce customers’ meals consistently to perfection according to predetermined specifications. They have the ability to work independently and lead a team in often hot and highly challenging kitchen environments. Production Chefs are likely to work in organisations where brands, recipes and menus have been created by a central development team. Production chefs and their teams work quickly and efficiently, producing food often in high volumes, which is repeated day after day, requiring energy, highly methodical organisational skills and attention to detail.

Site Carpentry Apprenticeship

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.

Social Media Apprenticeship

Digital marketing and the use of social and digital media is a key part of business marketing strategies and practice today. Effective use of social media is now an established marketing tool, and helps businesses thrive. As a Social Media for Business Apprentice, your exact duties will depend on your employer. It's likely that you'll be working within a marketing or ICT department, with a team or member of staff to handle various tasks. You may be managing and monitoring online communities, ensuring effective customer conversation, communication and engagement, using the internet to promote and market the business or assist in the integration of social media platforms. One of the great things about Social Media for Business is that you can work almost anywhere, with your transferable skills; you could be working in small developing company, large global organisation or maybe a charity. Social Media within a business 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.

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship will help you understand the education sector and the skills, knowledge and understanding you need to be an effective classroom assistant. It will also help you to progress further in teaching. Whenever possible term dates are in line with those of the Essex schools. We understand that many of our students have family commitments.

Mature students are valued for their life experiences, and an increasing number are entering higher education each year. Many are now pursuing new careers and seeing changes in their lives that they never thought possible.

Team Leader/Supervisor Level 3 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.

Warehousing & Storage Apprenticeship

A warehouse operative plays an important support role within a business organisation. The economy relies on the efficient movement of goods within the UK to ensure that goods arrive on time and in the right condition and warehousing and storage play a crucial part in making this happen. The warehousing industry is part of a wider logistics sector which employs around 8% of the workforce in England.