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]

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships last a minimum of 12 months and allow you to gain industry recognised qualifications whilst being employed. You will be paid at least the Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage (currently £3.30 per hour) as you learn new skills and knowledge through high quality on and off the job training. The industry areas we currently offer apprenticeships in are:

  • Business Administration
  • Site Joinery
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Health and Social Care
  • Childcare
  • Customer Service

The course will involve you being trained in our training centre by qualified and experienced training staff, as well as being trained by your employer in the workplace. This will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge required for the industry area at a pace that suits you, whist gaining valuable experience with an employer actually doing the job for real.

Apprenticeships are available to existing and newly recruited employees and can be aged 16-24 (over 25 apprenticeships available in priority skill areas).

Testimonials

Caroline Towers, who completed an Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship in Business Administration while working in Darlington Borough Council’s HR team, is now employed as a HR Officer with Hitachi Rail Europe in Newton Aycliffe.

“It has been a brilliant 2 years for me – I have gained such valuable skills and knowledge from my workplace that I can now offer to my new employer. Learning in centre has been brilliant; Barbara is always supportive and makes learning interesting. Both Barbara and Ian always had my best interest at heart and went out of their way to help me and offer advice. My line manager has been amazing, couldn’t have been better. All of my colleagues were so friendly and overall I have enjoyed every minute and would like to thank everyone”.

Luke Reynolds, who completed his Advanced Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle, has been awarded Aycliffe Business Park’s Apprentices of the Year, beating competition from large companies such as Gestamp Tallent and Hitachi Rail Europe, to scoop the accolade at the Make Your Mark business awards event, held at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe.

Luke, originally from Branksome School, joined the Diploma Motor Vehicle Level 2 Programme with Learning & Skills in September 2012. The course did not include mandatory work experience, but it was introduced to provide an insight into the world of work in the garage environment and to develop transferable skills. After successfully completing this course, Luke embarked on an Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship with Gregg Little Testing Centre. On completion of these, Luke gained a full-time position as Technician and Transport Manager with Gregg Little Testing Centre.

 

For more information call 01325 405601 or email l&s@darlington.gov.uk