Apprenticeships allow you to develop your practical skills and learn all the theory associated with your chosen specialism whilst being employed and earning a wage. The mode of delivery for different apprenticeships vary depending on the sector and employer requirements but generally, you learn at work for four days a week and are released to go to college one day per week to study and to complete the work necessary for your qualification.
To start an apprenticeship the first step is to find an employer who is willing to employ you as an apprentice. We can help you to find a potential apprenticeship employer through our Employment Hub and dedicated Employment Services team and you can also find available vacancies on the official apprenticeship website: www.apprenticeship.org.uk.
Once you have an employer we can set up an interview at College and then the process for starting your apprenticeship can begin. We work with a range of local companies who are at the forefront of the industry including BAE Systems, Eaton Aerospace, GE Aviation, Qinetiq, Turbomecca and many more.
CEMAST Motor Vehicle student Mark Hancock is celebrating having successfully secured a coveted role as an apprentice Vauxhall Technician with local dealership, Eden Vauxhall.
Mark, 18, applied for the position after progressing from a Level 1 to Level 3 qualification with Fareham College and CEMAST, and acquiring the skills needed to impress recruiters at the Fareham-based garage.
He undertook a formal interview and two day practical trial as part of the selection process (which then extended to an additional two days of hands-on experience in the workshop as the Eden team were so pleased with his skills!) which included demonstrating his proficiency in undertaking car services, fault finding and gear box changes.
Mark’s Apprenticeship will be work-based, with visits to Vauxhall’s dedicated training centre in Milton Keynes. On completion of the Apprenticeship, which can take between two and three years, he will have secured a Silver Technician qualification, with the option to then progress on to a Gold qualification.
“I am really pleased to have this opportunity to embark upon the career that my college training has been setting me up for. The support I have received from all of the tutors at CEMAST has been fantastic and the facilities have meant that I already had experience of working in an industry-standard environment. When I have completed my Apprenticeship, hopefully progressing from the Silver to Gold qualifications with Vauxhall, I would eventually like to go into the management side of the motor vehicle industry.”