Apprenticeships and Courses for Young People

Apprenticeships and Courses for Young People

Apprenticeships
Diplomas
19+ Diplomas
Elev8
Traineeships
Employers Info
Tees Valley Pathways Programme
Raising of the Participation Age
Service to Secondary Schools - Alternative Provision

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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships give you the chance to learn and gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst being employed. You will be paid the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage and could earn up to £170 per week (average weekly wage for an apprentice). The course will involve training on and off the job and will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in one of the following areas:

  • Business Administration
  • Childcare
  • Customer Service
  • Health and Social Care
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Site Joinery
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeships

If you would like to apply for an apprenticeship please complete our apprenticeship application form [online form, opens in new window] or fill in an application form [word document]

Course TitleVenueDayStart TimeFinish TimeStart DateCourse LengthTotal Fee
Business Administration Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Childcare Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Children and Young Peoples Workforce Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Customer Service Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Early Years Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 18 months Contact Learning & Skills
Health and Social Care Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Light Vehicle Maintenance Apprenticeship Unit 2, Evans Easy Space, Lingfield Way Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Site Joinery Apprenticeship Unit 14, Evans Easy Space, Lingfield Way Various X X X Minimum of 18 months Contact Learning & Skills
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Apprenticeships Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Business Administration Advanced Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Childcare Advanced Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Children and Young Peoples Workforce Advanced Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Customer Service Advanced Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Early Years Advanced Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 18 months  Contact Learning & Skills
Health and Social Care Advanced Apprenticeship Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Light Vehicle Maintenance Advanced Apprenticeship Unit 2, Evans Easy Space, Lingfield Way Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning & Skills
Site Joinery Advanced Apprenticeship Unit 14, Evans Easy Space, Lingfield Way Various X X X Minimum of 18 months Contact Learning & Skills
Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools Advanced Apprenticeship  Coleridge Centre Various  X X X Minimum of 12 months

Contact Learning & Skills

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Diplomas

Diplomas are offered to 16-18 year olds in Childcare, Health and Social Care, Site Joinery and Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. The course lasts an academic year and allows you to study the different areas of your chosen area, whilst gaining a recognised Level 2 Diploma qualification, which can be used as part of an Apprenticeship or as a standalone qualification. The course involves interactive lessons relevant to employment in your chosen area, as well some short work experience with a local business and the possibility of gaining industry qualifications, such as a CSCS card or First Aid. The course will also enable you to develop your maths and English skills (if required) in order to support your progression.

Progression from this programme would be an Apprenticeship Scheme with Darlington Borough Council Learning and Skills or a Level 3 Diploma. 

Ryan Hepper (Site Joinery Diploma Level 2) said, “I have gained new skills and these have developed in joinery as a result of being on the course”

Lewis Harbron (Motor Vehicle Diploma Level 2) said, “ I now have confidence in myself (when fixing cars) and know how to ask for help thanks to my work placement and progression to an Apprenticeship with them.”

Course TitleVenueDayStart TimeFinish TimeStart DateCourse LengthTotal Fee
Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance Unit 2, Evans Easy Space Lingfield Way Mon & Tue 9:30 15:30 Contact Learning & Skills One academic year FREE*
Level 2 Diploma in Site Joinery Unit 14, Evans Easy Space Lingfield Way Mon & Tue 9:30 15:30 Contact Learning & Skills One academic year FREE*
Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care Coleridge Centre Mon & Tue 9:30 15:30 Contact Learning & Skills One academic year FREE*

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19+ Diplomas

19+ Diplomas are available in the following courses. Learners will be required to be in work placement or employed in the chosen area for a minimum of 16 hours per week.

Course TitleVenueDayStart TimeFinish TimeStart DateCourse LengthTotal Fee
Level 3 Diploma for Early Years Workforce – Early Years Educator (QCF) Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning and Skills
Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (England) (QCF) Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning and Skills
Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults for England) (QCF) Coleridge Centre Various X X X Minimum of 12 months Contact Learning and Skills

* If you are 19 years old or above, you will need to pay a course fee or you will able to apply for a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan. Please contact Learning & Skills for details on 01325 405601.

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Elev8

Courses designed for 16 – 18 year olds which will enable them to gain practical work experience through a high quality work placement, whilst improving their maths, English and employability skills. We will find a suitable work placement and this will vary depending on the learner’s chosen area of interest.

Course TitleVenueDayStart TimeFinish TimeStart DateCourse LengthTotal Fee
Elev8 L&S Tubwell Row Mon, Tue, Wed, minimum of 1 day work experience 9:00 15:30 Roll on/Roll off Contact Learning & Skills FREE
Elev8 L&S Tubwell Row Wed, Thur, Fri, minimum of 1 day work experience 9:00 15:30 Roll on/Roll off Contact Learning & Skills

FREE

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Traineeships

These are offered to 16-24 year olds in Business Administration, Childcare, Health and Social Care, Site Joinery and Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. They last up to 6 months and enable the learner to complete vocationally related qualifications and industry related qualifications. The course involves classroom based lessons, workshop experience and work experience, as well as an opportunity to build on maths and English skills. We will need to secure employers prior to learners starting the course, as this is a funding requirement.

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Employer's Information

Learning & Skills is looking for employers to offer Apprenticeships and high quality work experience to young people within Darlington and the surrounding area. These young people will be aged 16+ and will be looking to gain vital skills, knowledge and understanding of the industry in which they would like a career. We have an excellent track record of working with employers across Darlington and would really like you to come on board.

Apprenticeships

For businesses within the Tees Valley, grants of £2,500* are available for those who recruit an Apprentice and so there is no better time to consider one. With structured training and assessment which is relevant to your organisation’s needs, an Apprentice can be an enthusiastic and valuable new addition to your workforce. Your Apprentice can quickly become a real asset to your business, improving your company’s productivity and competitiveness, whilst not affecting your bottom line. The Apprentice would be aged 16+, earning the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage minimum of £3.30 per hour for a minimum of 30 hours per week and will have a contract of employment issued by the employer like any other employee.

For businesses outside the Tees Valley grants of £1,500* and other incentives are available.

*Terms and Conditions apply. For more information visit https://teesvalley-ca.gov.uk/business/funding/tvca-apprenticeship-grant-employers-age/ [external link]

Steven Mair (Owner of S and L Motor Vehicle Services) said, “We have gained so much through the apprenticeship scheme. Not only has it enabled us to take on more work but we are actively contributing to the future of the motor trade.”

Diploma Courses and Elev 8

We are also looking for employers to support the Elev8 Programme and Diploma courses by enabling us to offer short and long term work experience to young people aged 16 - 18.

The work experience could be anything from one week to 12 months and it would enable the young person to gain vital skills and knowledge in their chosen area, as well as developing a work ethic.

The work experience would be for 16 - 18 year olds from a range of backgrounds who are trying to access further education, employment or an apprenticeship. They will have committed interest in their chosen area of work and will be supported by our training staff throughout their experience. Any specific needs will be discussed at the outset, so that you can decide if the learner would be suitable for your business.

Wages are not required; however this is at the employer’s discretion as they may feel the learner deserves some reward for their efforts. This is the ideal way to trial a young person before progressing them onto an apprenticeship.

For more information contact the Learning & Skills Business Support Team on 01325 405601 or l&s@darlington.gov.uk.

*subject to terms and conditions

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Tees Valley Pathways Programme 

Delivered by Darlington Borough Council 

  • Are you 16-29 years old
  • Live in the Tees Valley area
  • Not in Education, Employment or Training
  • And want to …GET AHEAD! GET A JOB! START YOUR CAREER

Our programme offers you an individual personal plan.

This can include working with your own mentor or as part of a group. We can offer careers advice, help you to create a CV, show you how to search for and apply for jobs, including apprenticeships, and develop those essential interview skills.

We can also offer support towards progression in education, training and employment and help to improve your Maths and English, or support with self-employment. 

Financial support may be available.

For more information please contact: Tracey Laycock—Programme Officer on 01325 405898 / 07966 347401

Email: TraceyAnn.Laycock@darlington.gov.uk

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Raising of the Participation Age

All young people are now required to continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. This does not necessarily mean staying on in school. You can choose how you participate post-16, which could be through:

  1. Full-time education at a school, college, or other training provider, such as Learning & Skills (a minimum of 540 hours per year)
  2. An Apprenticeship
  3. Part-time education or training if you are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

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Service to Secondary Schools – Alternative Provision

We offer high quality alternative provision for 14 – 16 year olds (including English and maths) at the Coleridge Centre – a safe and calm learning environment. Students work 1:1 or in small groups on a personalised timetable leading to accredited qualifications, including individual help to progress to post-16 learning or employment.

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