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Apprenticeships are designed to give young people valuable qualifications, vital work experience - and a salary while studying.

In conjunction with your employer the Apprenticeships delivered through Stockport College will provide a work-based route to a skilled occupation, supported by on-the-job training.

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Discover the range of apprenticeships we offer in Business and Accounting, Sport and Health, Catering and Hospitality, and many more. Did you know that we also have a live vacancies section on our website?

Building Services

  • Building Services Engineering Craftsperson - Level 3, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Stretford Campus

Craftsperson’s undertake the installation, testing, pre-commissioning, commissioning and decommissioning of large-scale engineering systems which are used for heating workplaces such as those found in industrial and commercial buildings like office blocks, factories, schools and hospitals.


  • Building Services Design Technician - Level 3, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Stretford Campus

A building services design technician provides assistance to engineers and other construction professionals in the development of cost effective technical and sustainable design solutions involving the production of three dimensional models, calculations, specifications, reports and drawings taking into account, where appropriate, pre-fabrication techniques.

Business and Professional Studies

  • Learning Mentor - Level 3, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Stockport Campus and Workplace

Mentoring is-and has been for centuries - the foundation of vocational training and apprenticeship, yet this standard is the first formal recognition of this role. Nowadays, mentoring takes place in all parts of the Education and Training Sector and staff-development contexts. Learning Mentors support learners of all ages, and all levels to develop within a new work role. These learners may be for example, apprentices, trainees or new recruits in the workplace, or in any vocational learning environment.


An Assistant Accountant provides support to internal and external customers and will work predominately either as an assistant accountant within practice or alternatively within the finance function of an organisation. Part of their role will involve assisting in the day to day financial activities such as data entry to month end management accounts and/or year-end financial statements. In addition the Assistant Accountant may find themselves involved in regulatory financial requirements such as the completion of VAT returns or assisting in the preparation of tax computations.


Projects can be large or small. Every project needs to be managed to ensure its success. An Associate Project Manager knows what needs to be achieved, how it will be achieved, how long it will take and how much it will cost, and works with the project team to achieve the required outcomes. Associate Project Managers need good planning, organisation, leadership, management and communication skills. An Associate Project Manager utilities resources with suitable skills, qualifications, experience and knowledge to work together in a motivated and integrated team, with clearly defined reporting lines, roles, responsibilities and authorities.


Level 4 is ideal if you deliver administrative support services and contribute at a strategic level. You may lead or manage a team, or want to move on to such a role. You need a range of administrative and management skills, such as budget management and promoting innovation. This Level 4 Diploma allows learners to learn, develop and practice the higher level skills required for employment and/or career progression. It will enable learners to gain generic and specific management and technical skills appropriate to their field or aspirations.


The framework is designed to meet the skills and needs of employers by attracting new talent into a career in Business and Administration and help to up-skill the workforce. Administrators need a broad range of skills to work efficiently and to help increase business productivity. These include customer handling, technical and practical, oral communication and IT skills. It also builds in softer skills such as team-working, interpersonal skills and the ability to reflect on personal learning.


Business Administrators have a highly transferable set of knowledge, skills and behaviours that can be applied in all sectors. This includes small and large businesses alike; from the public sector, private sector and charitable sector. The responsibilities of the role is to support and engage with different parts of the organisation and to interact with internal and external customers. Contribute to the efficiency of an organisation, through support of functional areas, working across teams and resolving issues as requested.


  • Commercial Procurement and Supply - Level 4, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Various Locations, Including the Airport Academy. Download/View Course Sheet.

The work of procurement and supply professionals include the process of procurement, or buying goods and services; however, these roles can be much broader than just procurement. These roles can extend to a huge range of related commercial activity such as influencing policy, financial analysis, engaging in contract law, and developing strategy to deliver services. The variety of goods and services that procurement professionals are responsible for is vast: goods could range from buying a plane to negotiating new stationary supply.


The role of a Customer Service Practitioner is to deliver high quality products and services to the customers of their organisation. Your core responsibility will be to provide a high quality service to customers which will be delivered from the workplace, digitally, or through going out into the customer’s own locality. These may be one-off or routine contacts and include dealing with orders, payments, offering advice, guidance and support, meet-and-greet, sales, fixing problems, after care, service recovery or gaining insight through measuring customer satisfaction.


The primary role of a Digital Marketer is to define; design; build and implement digital campaigns across a variety of online and social media platforms to drive customer acquisition, customer engagement and customer retention. A Digital Marketer will typically be working as part of a team, within which they will have responsibility for elements of the overall marketing plan or campaign, working to defined marketing briefs and instructions.


HR Professionals in this role are typically either working in a medium to large organisation as part of the HR function delivering front line support to managers and employees, or are a HR Manager in a small organisation. Their work is likely to include handling day to day queries and providing HR advice; working on a range of HR processes, ranging from transactional to relatively complex, from recruitment through to retirement; using HR systems to keep records; providing relevant HR information to the business and working with the business on HR changes.


An Operations/Departmental Manager is someone who manages teams and/or projects, and achieves operational or departmental goals and objectives, as part of the delivery of the organisations’ strategy. They are accountable to a more senior manager or business owner. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities and job titles will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same.


A Team Leader/Supervisor is a first line management role, with operational/ project responsibilities or responsibility for managing a team to deliver a clearly defined outcome. They provide direction, instructions and guidance to ensure the achievement of set goals. Working in the private, public or third sector and in all sizes of organisation, specific responsibilities will vary, but the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed will be the same whatever the role.


A career in Operational Delivery is varied and involves working on the front line in different public-facing environments. You will be dealing with different types of customers and delivering a range of public services, but the skills and behaviours you need will be the same whatever you do.

You could be:

  • Managing cases and resolving customer enquiries
  • Assessing and collecting various taxes across central and local government
  • Giving people welfare or pensions advice, or supporting them to get back to work
  • Issuing UK passports and making decisions about who has the right to visit or to stay in the country
  • Processing driving licence applications
  • Supporting citizens in court

Construction

Construction is a multi-billion pound industry that deals with developing the underlying structure of anything from the maintenance and development of domestic properties to large commercial developments. Apprentices will receive training at college one day a week, learning practical skills in our workshops and developing underpinning knowledge. We also support all our apprentices to achieve maths and English where required. The rest of the week is spent in the workplace gaining invaluable experience on the job.


  • Construction Building (Painting and Decorating) - Level 2, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Stockport Campus. Download/View Course Sheet.

Apprentice Painter and Decorators will typically work on a construction site or in domestic and commercial premises, to given specifications, preparing background surfaces for painting and applying paint by brush and roller. Learning to hang standard wall coverings with training on and off the job.


  • Construction Building (Wood Occupation Bench) - Level 2, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Stockport Campus. Download/View Course Sheet.

Working in Bench Joinery requires precision and great problem solving skills. They will learn about the uses of different types and grades of wood, and about choosing the right one for the job, understand technical drawings and how their work will fit within the building, and cut wood on machines or by hand, measuring and marking it according to the design.


  • Construction Building (Wood Occupation Bench) - Level 3, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Stockport Campus. Download/View Course Sheet.

Advanced Apprentice Bench Joiners will already be qualified at Level 2 and will be looking to develop their skills further take on more responsibility for organising, planning and pricing work improving quality and speed of work and by demonstrating to employers their commitment to the industry.


  • Construction Building (Wood Occupation Site) - Level 2, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Stockport Campus. Download/View Course Sheet.

Site Joiners usually work on a variety of construction sites installing and fitting wood products which includes the first and second fix of flooring, roofing, frames, partitions and stairs. They will learn about site safety and the use of hand and power tools.


  • Construction Building (Wood Occupation Site) - Level 3, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Stockport Campus. Download/View Course Sheet.

Advanced Apprentice Site Joiners must already be qualified at level 2 and are looking to develop their skills further, improving quality and speed of work on site and demonstrating to employers their commitment to the industry.

Engineering

  • Maintenance & Operations Engineering Technician - Level 3, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Stretford Campus. Download/View Course Sheet.

Maintenance Technicians will maintain the safety, integrity and effective operation of plant and equipment in one or more of the following Industries that are part of or have activities that are part of the broader national infrastructure Engineering Sector: the electricity generating environment, which may use a range of different fuels including coal, gas, nuclear, wind and other renewable sources; telecommunications power plants; oil and gas refining; nuclear waste reprocessing; processing and production of chemicals; pharmaceuticals; human and animal food; cosmetics; petrochemicals; sewerage and the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas.


Aerospace Manufacturing Fitters are predominantly involved in highly skilled, complex and specialist detailed work, assembling aircraft systems according to specific work instructions, using relevant hand and machine tools, jigs and measuring equipment. They also install and test aircraft electrical/mechanical/electromechanical equipment and systems according to specific work instructions, using relevant hand tools, installation, and testing methods and techniques.


Process Operators work in the manufacturing sector of the Food and Drink Industry. They may be employed in a company that specialises in one type of product, e.g. ready meals, soft drinks or confectionary, or in a company that makes a wide range of different products. Process Operators typically work on production lines within food manufacturing plants. Industry uses excellent manufacturing processes and highly automated equipment and technology to ensure it remains competitive, and produces food and drink products to strict food safety and quality standards.


Food and Drink Advanced Process Operators work in one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of industry. Every day, producers, manufacturers and retailers make and sell millions of innovative food products to consumers in the UK and around the world. This includes drinks, cakes, biscuits, ready-to-eat and ready-to-cook food, sandwiches, wraps, fresh fruit and salads. It is imperative that apprentices in the industry have the skills and knowledge to ensure our food products, which millions of people consume every day, are safe.


Engineering Operatives are predominantly involved in engineering operations which are key to the success of the Manufacturing and Engineering sector allowing employers to grow their business while developing a work force with the relevant skills and knowledge to enhance the sustain the sector.


Engineering design and draughtspersons produce designs and drawings for structures, piping, electrical systems, control and instrumentation systems and mechanical components used in industrial and commercial construction. Typically, jobholders work in a wide range of industries of national importance including power and water infrastructure, petrochemical, oil and gas, nuclear, food and drink processing.


This occupation is found in manufacturing and process sectors. The broad purpose of the occupation is to produce complex high value, low volume components or assemblies in full or part, using machines, equipment or systems, to the required specification. For example, turbines, cranes, gearboxes, production lines, rigs and platforms. Fitters may typically have a mechanical, electrical, electronic, control systems, pipe fitting or instrumentation bias or operate across multiple disciplines depending on the type of assembly.


  • Automation & Controls Engineering Technician – Level 4. Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Stretford Campus. Download/View Course sheet

This occupation is found in cross sector (e.g. Automotive, Food & Drink, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Construction), companies involved in manufacturing (discrete or process), logistics or utilities environments. These employers may be directly involved in these activities or as a provider of services (e.g. systems integration, field service, technical consultancy) to these companies.


  • Engineering Manufacturing Technician – Level 4. Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Stretford Campus. Download/View Course Sheet

This occupation is found in large and small engineering and manufacturing organisations providing products and services throughout a wide range of sectors, such as Automotive, Aerospace/Airworthiness, Chemical Processing, Land Systems, Marine, Maritime Defence, Materials Manufacturers and their respective supply chains. Research indicates that the sector needs to recruit approximately 124,000 engineers and technicians every year

Hospitality and Catering

Bakers work in one of the largest, most dynamic and fastest growing sectors of the food and drink industry. Every day bakers make and sell millions of loaves of bread and baked goods, such as cakes, pies, pastries and biscuits to customers in the UK and around the world. Bakers are passionate about their industry and the products they make and take great pride in their work. The industry offers many ongoing career development opportunities to suit their own particular interests, whether they aspire to being a manager of the future, a specialist baker, product designer or retail bakery expert.


A Chef de Partie is responsible for running a specific section of the kitchen. This type of chef usually manages a small team of workers, which they must keep organised so that dishes go out on time and the work area remains clean and orderly. However, in smaller kitchens a Chef de Partie may work independently as the only person in their section. Also known as a Station or Section Chef, the Chef de Partie reports to the Senior Chef and has a very important role in any kitchen.


A Commis Chef is the most common starting position in many kitchens and in principal the most junior culinary role. A Commis Chef prepares food and carries out basic cooking tasks under the supervision of a more senior chef. The primary objective of the commis chef is to learn and understand how to carry out the basic functions in every section of the kitchen. Therefore having the opportunity to experience, consider and value each section with a view to choosing an area where they feel most inspired.


  • Hospitality Manager - Level 4, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Altrincham Campus and Workplace

Hospitality managers work across a huge variety of organisations including bars, restaurants, cafés, conference centres, banqueting venues, hotels and contract caterers. These managers generally specialise in a particular area, however their core knowledge, skills and behaviours are aligned. Common to all managers in this role is their passion for exceeding customers’ expectations. Hospitality managers have a high level of responsibility and are accountable for fulfilling the business vision and objectives which requires excellent business, people and customer relation skills.


  • Production Chef - Level 2, Apprenticeship Standard. Delivered: Altrincham Campus and Workplace

Production chefs work as part of a team in time-bound and often challenging kitchen environments, for example; schools, hospitals, the Armed Forces, care homes and high street casual dining or pub kitchens. They report to the Senior Production chef or appropriate line manager. Production chefs are likely to work with centrally developed standardised recipes and menus, producing food often in high volumes. They apply highly methodical organisational skills, energy, accuracy, attention to detail and are mindful of the importance of sustainability and protecting the environment.


Senior Production Chefs strive to produce customers’ meals consistently to perfection according to predetermined specifications. They have the ability to work independently and lead a team in often hot and highly challenging kitchen environments. Production Chefs are likely to work in organisations where brands, recipes and menus have been created by a central development team. Production Chefs and their teams work quickly and efficiently, producing food often in high volumes, which is repeated day after day, requiring energy, highly methodical organisational skills and attention to detail.

Information Technology

This new apprenticeship standard has been designed by employers. It is suitable for those employers looking to recruit and train people to provide technical support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs. By the end of the programme, apprentices will be able to set people up on systems and provides support when needed, rectifying issues to maintain the organisation’s productivity. An Infrastructure Technician provides support to internal and external customers, helping them to be productive when using technology to do their own jobs, by using tools to problem solve and troubleshoot non routine problems.

Motor Vehicle

A Vehicle Damage Paint Technician works in the vehicle body repair sector of the motor industry. The role is to prepare, spray and finish vehicles that have been involved in collisions and other incidents in an efficient manner. The vehicles can include cars/ light commercial vehicles. This includes ensuring correct colour match and final finish to the company and customers exacting standards. This is usually within a collision repair workshop or smart repair workshop/mobile repair micro business, and working alongside another fully qualified Paint Technician.


A Vehicle Damage Paint Technician understands the general principles of spray painting technology, paint composition, paint mixing and the various methods of paint spraying vehicles. They prepare vehicles fully before painting to include masking, sanding and other necessary work. They are also responsible for keeping all company tools and equipment safe and in a clean, workable condition paying particular attention to the reduction of any fire hazards. Their role includes repair, surface preparation and painting to the manufacturer’s paint specification. A technician is able to follow defined processes to restore the vehicle to a high-quality paint finish.

Hairdressing

A Junior Stylist role will be to produce basic cutting, colouring and perming skills to a paying clientele. Develop a loyal clientele for the future. Work as part of a team and work towards self development to keep up to industry standards and current trends.

Science and Pharmacy

A Science Industry Maintenance Technician contributes to the fault free and safe operation of science industry plant by the installation, maintenance, testing and repair of mechanical, electrical equipment and instrumentation. They will be proactive in finding solutions to problems and identifying areas for improving their work environment. As well as core engineering skills, Maintenance Technicians need to understand and follow working practices that are specific to the safety critical science industry.

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