Gill Kirk talks apprenticeships

November 07 2018
Gill Kirk talks apprenticeships

There is such a variety of pathways into further education and work these days. In Lockleaze we have the University of West of England on our doorstep,

which along with Bristol University offers extra support for Bristol pupils who want to continue their studies in their home city. I also thought Horfield and Lockleaze residents might be interested to know more about the wide range of apprenticeship schemes on offer in Bristol, including within Bristol City Council!

Apprenticeships are paid training programmes that combine on the job training and learning. They also have an educational element, such a college programme, which awards a recognised qualification at the end of the course. Anyone over the age of 16 can apply for an apprenticeship, but whilst aimed primarily at 16-24 year olds launching their careers, they are also open to older applicants.

There are several types of apprenticeships:

Foundation Apprenticeship (Level 2)

Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)

Higher apprenticeship (Level 4 onwards)

The length of your apprenticeship contract depends on the programme you enrol on. As an apprentice you will earn at least the Apprentice National Minimum Wage. Many employers pay apprentices a higher wage. Find out more about apprenticeships on the GOV.UK website.

Ever thought of training for work with Bristol City Council? The council is  expanding its own apprenticeship programme, Bristol Apprentices. It recruits for it’s apprenticeship programme twice a year, during national apprenticeship week, in March, then  in July for a September start.

Their apprenticeships include:

business administration

customer service






sports coaching


health and social care

Human Resource Management

BCC works closely with  the city’s educational partners to ensure it’s apprentices get the highest standard of education and workplace support.

For more information and to sign up to the mailing list, email us at or follow @BCCApprentice  on Twitter.

On Site Bristol provides apprenticeships in many construction trades in Bristol, including:


painting and decorating

electrical installation



bench joinery

plumbing and gas engineering

building surveying

(Apply on the On Site Bristol website)

It’s good to be aware of the wide range of options available for employment and education locally, especially as this time of year many school pupils in years 11/12/13 start to plan for the following year of education or career development.

For anyone at any age looking for help with employment and skills training, contact Buzz employment support on Gainsborough Square. They can offer friendly personal advice and support to access free employment and skills training, work experience, IT support, advice needs - and much more!

Contact Buzz to find out more or to make an appointment or come along to their weekly drop-in.

Tel: 0117 269 0006   Call or Text: 07419 373947