How do I apply for an Apprenticeship?
Complete an online application form and submit a CV. Your application will then be processed by the Business Support Team and you will be invited to complete an English and Maths Initial Assessment, and take part in a recruitment interview.
These steps must be completed before your application can progress in being shortlisted for apprenticeship vacancies.
What happens once I have applied?
Once you have completed all of the recruitment steps, if you are successful then we will shortlist you for apprenticeship opportunities. If you are selected by the employer then you will be invited for a formal interview at their premises.
If we feel that your Maths and English could use some improvement, or that you could benefit from going to College full-time then your application will be made unsuccessful for this year and the relevant information, advice and guidance will be provided if needed.
Who pays for the Apprenticeship?
The apprenticeship training is funded by the Government and any short-falls will be paid for by the employer. You will be expected to pay for your travel to work and Derwent Training on your day of attendance.
What can I do to be more successful in securing an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are competitive and we cannot guarantee a place for everyone who applies. Throughout the recruitment process we do advise applicants to be pro-active and apply for apprenticeships direct.
Here are a few tips:
Any work experience that you have looks good to an employer. If you wash pots, have a paper round, work in a shop or cafe - even if you do some voluntary work, make sure that it's on your application form, your CV and you talk about it at interview. Think of the skills your employment has helped you to develop.
What makes you different
Think of the things that set you apart from someone else. Do you play sport or an instrument, have you done Duke of Edinburgh, raised money for charity or won an award. An employer will see 10-15 applicants per vacancy so these things will help you to stand out.
Research companies that are local to you and have a look into what they do. We're lucky that we have lots of fantastic engineering companies on our doorstep.
Don't be afraid - employers like when you show initiative and show a genuine interest in working for them. Always plan your approach.
What happens if I require extra support during the Apprenticeship?
There is a secion on the application form to disclose any information you think Derwent Training need to know about you. From this, and a Personal and Social Development self-assessment, we can provide the appropriate support that you require. If you don't tell us, then we can't support you.
When you start your Apprenticeship, we can use this information to put together a Learning Support Plan so that we can support you with the things you need.
What will I be doing during an Apprenticeship?
An Engineering Apprenticeship can take up to 4 years to complete. You will be assessed on Skills, Knowledge and Behaviours throughout your Apprenticeship programme.
If you do not have the minimum grade required in Maths and English you will have to complete a Level 2 Functional Skills qualification in these subjects.
You will attend Derwent Training's purpose built training facilities one day per week to complete a mixture of classroom and practical based off-the-job training. The rest of the week you will be learning on-the-job with your employer.
How will I get to Derwent Training?
As we are an Apprenticeship Training Provider we do not provide a free bus service to and from the training centre. As you are paid a wage by your employer you are expected to make your own way.
We do have a car park but spaces are limited, so we advise learners to car share or walk where possible. This also helps the carbon footprint associated with your training. The Coastliner bus stops on the main road adjacent to the entrance to Derwent Training and we are a 20 minute walk from Malton Bus Station. Malton is also on the main train route from Scarborough and York and the centre is a 20 minute walk away from Malton Train Station.
If you have to get public transport on your attendance day, you are expected to get to the centre on time to start class at 9:00am. Your attendance day will finish at 4:00pm and no learners will be allowed to finish early . Your training day should be considered a day at work, and your behaviour and attitude should be the same as it would be at work.
How much will I get paid?
Your employer is the one that pays you so it is at their discretion as to what you are paid as long as it meets the Government Minimum Wage requirements. You can find the National Minimum Wage rates here: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates
Apprentices are entitled to the aprentice rate if they're either:
- aged under 19
- aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.
If you are unhappy with your pay, you will need to speak to your employer.
What should I do if I am not successful in securing an Apprenticeship?
You cannot start at Derwent Training until you are successful in gaining employment and the employer signs you up to start an apprenticeship.
We advise all applicants throughout our recruitment process to apply for full-time engineering courses as well as applying for apprenticeship vacancies direct with companies in order to maintain their options.
Full-time engineering course providers
- Scarborough UTC - www.scarboroughutc.co.uk
- Scarborough Tec - www.scarboroughtec.ac.uk
- York College - www.yorkcollege.ac.uk
- JTL Training - www.jtltraining.com
- East Riding College - www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk
If you have any questions that we have not answered, please contact the Business Support Team on 01653 697698 or on firstname.lastname@example.org