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14-18 March 2016 saw Springwell celebrating National Apprenticeships Week 2016. Mrs Clarke (Careers Coordinator for Springwell) organised a mini post 16 event that was held in Inspire Pod on Wednesday 16th March 2016.

Employers and apprenticeship providers were invited to come along to talk to students about their future career paths and to highlight the details of various apprenticeship schemes.

We would like to thank representatives from the following organisations who gave up their time to share their expertise with our students:

• DART (Training Land-Based Industries)

• DNCC (Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce)

• NLT Training

• The Army

• Chesterfield College – Learning Unlimited


• Apprenticeship Team

All of the providers commented about our students. They were extremely impressed with their confidence and level of questioning. All the providers are now looking forward to attending the main Post 16 event that we run annually in October.




What are Apprenticeships?

As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply.

Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices' ability and the industry sector. The minimum salary is £2.60 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.


Who are they for?

Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years-old whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.


What are the benefits?

There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job. Key benefits of being an apprentice include;

  • earning a salary 
  • getting paid holidays 
  • receiving training 
  • gaining qualifications 
  • learning job-specific skills


For more information, and all the latest vacancies, please visit the Apprentices websites.                                    

Don't forget to keep checking the Local Apprenticeships website for all the latest vacancies in the Chesterfield area too.


Apprenticeships Website


Other Apprenticeships Websites


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a skilled job with training. Every apprentice is guaranteed a minimum wage linked to their age. They're available at all academic levels - whether you're leaving school without GCSEs or completing your A-levels. There are apprenticeships in industries like engineering, health and accountancy - plus a host of careers you'd never think of. And 9 in 10 apprentices stay in work after completing their course.


Local Apprenticeship Vacancies


Apprenticeships Application Support Pack


Apprenticeship Self-Development Pack for 16-19 year olds


How To Write A Winning Apprenticeship Application