On successful completion of your Apprenticeship you’ll be ready to enter full-time employment as a skilled professional in your chosen industry. Some Apprenticeships can even lead to a permanent position with your employer. Potential career paths for you include:
Business Administration Level 2
- Administrator / Business Support Officer
- Office Junior
Business Administration Level 3
- Administration Officer/ Executive
- Administration Team Leader / Office Supervisor
- Personal Assistant
Professional Cookery Level 2
- Craft Chef (Fine Dining)
- Kitchen Assistant, Craft Chef, or Team Member in restaurants, hotels and gastro pubs
- Commis Chef, Kitchen Support Staff (Bangladeshi Cuisine)
- Wok Chef, Deep Fry Chef (Chinese Cuisine)
- Chef/Cook or Kitchen Assistant (Indian Cuisine)
- Stir Fry Specialist, Assistant Chef/Cook, Kitchen Assistant (Thai Cuisine)
Professional Cookery Level 3
- Sous Chef or Senior Chef/Cook (Fine Dining)
- Sous Chef or Senior Chef/Cook in restaurants, hotels and gastro pubs
Customer Services Level 2
- Customer Service Trainee, Assistant, Representative or Agent, plus other roles relating to delivering customer service
Customer Services Level 3
- Customer Relationship Manager, Co-ordinator or Team Leader
Apprenticeship paves the way into careers for ambitious young job hunters
A young adult who wasn’t able to find work in his chosen industry has revealed how an Apprenticeship enabled him to get the experience he needed to kick-start his career.
Neil Robertson, 19, from Dagenham, was offered an Apprenticeship at Unique Network Solutions, an IT network support company, four months ago. He said, “It was very hard to find work in the IT industry as I didn’t have any experience. Even though I would read the job description and knew I could perform the duties I was not even invited to interviews. I ended up working for a construction firm on bad wages and bad hours, but I had no choice.
“I remembered Redbridge College had an Apprenticeship scheme so I asked if they could help me, explaining that I wanted to get into a role that had a mix of administration and IT. Unique Network Solutions were in contact with the college as they were looking for an Apprentice and I was soon invited to an interview.
“As time has gone on, I have been given more and more to do and now see myself as a genuine part of the team. When my Apprenticeship finishes I may be offered a permanent position with Unique Network Services, but at least now for any job I apply for I will have a year’s experience which will help me a lot.
“This Apprenticeship has helped me get that all-important ‘foot-in-the-door’ and given me the chance that I need.”
Darren Bartlett, Managing Director of Unique Network Solutions, added, “I am delighted with the contribution that Neil has made to the team. It’s fantastic to be able to recruit young talent in this way and it’s great to see how keen and eager Apprentices are to be an asset to the business. This scheme will help me to continue to grow my company by providing motivated people that will become long-term members of staff at the company, helping us to provide even better support and service for our customers. It’s a win-win.”
Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of sectors. Laura Cannon, 22, is midway through her Level 3 Apprenticeship in Hospitality Supervision and Leadership while working at the Vertigo Lounge in Hornchurch, Essex. She said, “This Apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to gain a qualification while working full-time and getting an insight into the hospitality industry.”
Laura’s manager, Steve Stallion, added, “This scheme enables us to help passionate people get started in this demanding profession. We pride ourselves on our high standards and by helping individuals enter the sector with these standards it will be a positive benefit for the both the industry and the person.”
Redbridge College is celebrating the earn-while-you-learn programme in the lead-up to National Apprenticeship Week (11-15 March), which is now in its sixth year. The college, based in Little Heath (near King George Hospital), currently offers Apprenticeships in Business Administration, Customer Service and Hospitality & Catering.
Michele James, Apprenticeship and Employer Engagement Manager at Redbridge College, said, “You can start an Apprenticeship at any time of year, and we have employers who are currently looking for Apprentices, with immediate vacancies available right now.”
For more information, call Michele James on 020 8548 7409.
The following partner organisations work with Redbridge College to provide high quality Apprenticeship opportunities. To visit the website of each of our partners, please click the relevant logo.
Completing an Apprenticeship requires commitment, drive and an ability to use your initiative. As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. They also recieve training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications, such as an NVQ.
Candidates must be over 16, not in full-time education or a graduate, and live in England.
Redbridge College currently offers Apprenticeships in:
- Business Administation
- Customer Services
- Hospitality & Catering
- Earn a salary
- Recieve training
- Gain qualifications
- Learn job-specific skills
Process for Apprenticeships:
- Apply at any time of the year. Click here to Apply Online
- You will be invited in for an initial assessment and interview.
- We will help find you an employer who is willing to support your Apprenticeship and then you can begin!
- FT = Full Time
- PT = Part Time