As well as companies offering their own jobs / Apprenticeships, there are also training organisations usually called training providers who act as a link between you and an employer. The employer will approach the training provider with a vacancy for an apprentice or the training provider will approach companies looking for placements for their trainees.
Below is a brief guide to how this works-
* You would apply to a training provider offering the type of vocational training you’re interested in
* You’ll be invited in for an interview and/or information day
* If successful you’ll be offered a place on their apprenticeship scheme
* They will find you a company placement where you’ll be working 4 days a week (this may involve you going for interviews).
* You’ll attend a college or training centre one day a week
* The training provider will oversee your training, ensure you’re receiving proper support whilst on placement and observe and assess your progress. They are there to support you and ensure you gain the necessary experience & qualifications.
Below is a list of some of the training providers offering apprenticeships in the Birmingham area and the type of training they offer.
3aaa – offer apprenticeships in social media & digital marketing, accountancy, social media & IT Higher Apprenticeships www.3aaa.co.uk
CITB construction trades – wide variety on offer – www.bconstructive.co.uk
Birmingham Electrical Training – electrical installation / technology – www.birminghamelectricaltraining.co.uk
Carillion– Construction training including bricklaying / carpentry and joinery / general construction operative / plastering / painting and decorating / interior systems – www.carillionplc.com
http://www.babington.co.uk – Babington offer apprenticeships in Accountancy, Finance, Business & Administration, Team leading, Management, Customer Service, Retail and Health & Social care.
Crackerjack Training – Childcare apprenticeships – www.crackerjacktraining.co.uk
EEF – Engineering and Manufacturing – www.apprentices.co.uk/be-an-apprentice
Gordon Franks Training – IT / Warehouse work / Business Administration / Customer Service / Childcare / Management – www.gordonfrankstraining.co.uk
Heart of England Training Business Administration / Hairdressing / Beauty Therapy / IT / Retail / Customer Service / Sport / Marketing / Warehouse and Storage / Health and Social Care / Management – www.hoet.co.uk
JHP – JHP have merged with Learn Direct to offer Business Administration / Customer Service / Retail / Team Leading / Distribution, Warehouse and Storage / Children and Young Peoples Workforce / Health and Social Care / IT – www.jhptraining.com
JTL – Electrical Installation / Engineering Maintenance / Heating and Ventilation / Plumbing – www.jtltraining.com
LMPQ – based in Birmingham City Centre – offer Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships in IT and Accountancy. 6 or 10 week initial course (6 week IT and 10 week AAT) where learners gain vital knowledge, qualifications and skills in their chosen subject along with work and employability skills, before embarking on their year long apprenticeship job and moving on to Level 3 qualifications in IT or Accountancy. You’ll need 3 GCSEs Grade C and above (must include English and Maths), along with a keen interest in the chosen subject area – www.lmpq.co.uk
Kingshurst Training – Children and Young Peoples Workforce – www.kingshurst-training.com
Platinum People – offer a wide range of Traineeships & Apprenticeships including automotive business administration, construction, engineering, manufacturing, management & sport. www.platinumpeopleuk.com
Reflections Training – Hairdressing and Barbering – www.reflectionstraining.co.uk
REMIT – Automotive trade training including Vehicle Technician / Vehicle Body Repair / Auto Electrician / Vehicle Sales / Motorcycle Technician / LGV Technician / Vehicle Parts Person – www.remit.co.uk
Local colleges may also also act as training providers so check websites for details or go along to open days.