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Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the College calendar has been changed for the first term of the 2020/21 academic year and has introduced a two-week October half term break. This break is from Monday 19 to Friday 30 October during which time the College is closed to Learners. The College office will be open from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October (telephone/email enquiries open) and closed from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October (telephone/email enquiries closed until Monday 2 November). From 2 November we are increasing the areas in which a face mask or covering is required to be worn.

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of training just about any individual who is over the age of 16. The level that an Apprenticeship can be studied at ranges from Level 2, right through to Level 7, which is equivilent to a bachelors degree. Plus there are now Apprenticeships available in over 170 industries; including many you may not expect!

To view a list of our current apprenticeships please click here and select the industry area you are interested in. After you have clicked through, all apprenticeship courses will be displayed in green.

Benefits to your business

Staff retention, an increase in staff morale and reduced recruitment costs are just a few of the benefits that a business can find when taking on an Apprentice. But don't take our word for it! Each year we host an event where you can hear from other employers about the true benefits that they have found by taking on an Apprentice. For more information please check our events page or email

  • 90% of apprentices stay in employment after finishing their apprenticeship
  • 71% of apprentices stay with the same employer
  • Apprenticeships boost productivity to businesses by on average £257 per week
  • The top Apprenticeship areas studied nationally are currently Business, Administration and Law; Health, Public Services and Care; Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies and Retail & Commercial Enterprise
  • Apprenticeships are available in over 170 industries and 1,500 job roles
  • Subject areas may not be what you expect; higher level careers now include areas such as dental nursing and surveying!

According to the Skills Training UK, over 130,000 businesses across the UK offer Apprenticeship places because they recognise their effectiveness at increasing productivity, improving business performance and ensuring a committed and competent workforce.

They highlight the following benefits:

  • 80% companies who invest in apprentices have reported a significant increase in employee retention
  • 77% of employers believe Apprenticeships make them more competitive
  • 76% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
  • 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers they need for the future
  • 57% report a high proportion of their apprentices going on to management positions within the company

Who benefits from undertaking an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are not just for school leaver aged individuals; a range of people can benefit from this style of training, which includes:

  • Career switchers; more mature individuals who have relevant skills, but not the required qualification to go straight into the job role
  • College leavers; who want a more cost effective alternative to University, and the job security that comes with going straight into the workplace
  • School leavers; who wish to get into work now with an employer who is willing to invest in them, and work their way up

Apprentices tend to grow with your company and mould to your company ethos, instead of potentially coming in with very set expectations. Individuals who undertake Apprenticeships also tend to have a basic understanding of the skills needed to undertake the roles, and use the Apprenticeship qualification to build upon these foundations.

Worried that the calibre of applicants wont meet your expectations? Why not hear from some of our Apprentices and their employers!

Corbin Adler, Director at UK Mobile Media:

"We're looking for young people who can add value to the business and to the team. What we want is someone who is driven and wants to learn new things. Apprenticeships are good at making people adaptive, which is really important in business today."

Alison Wynn, Commercial Manager at Prysmian Cables:

"One of the benefits Prysmian has from recruiting Apprentices is that we invest in the future, and in the skills that are required from our staff in future years."


Types of Apprenticeships

Eastleigh College offers two types of Apprenticeships, which are Work-Based and Day/Block Release. Both can be undertaken by anyone meeting the entry criteria who is aged 16 or over.

Generally speaking the work-based option is best suited to existing employees who already show competency in their role and would flourish by being offered the opportunity to attain a nationally recognised qualification.

Day/block release Apprenticeships are designed to give additional support to those who are still acquiring the skills they need to do their job well, often they are new recruits or progressing to a higher level programme.

Whatever your situation, we would be happy to discuss the options with you by calling 023 8091 1195, or email

Recruiting a new Apprentice

If you wish to recruit a new employee into the business who will undertake an Apprenticeship qualification, then the College can help with the recruitment of that individual by advertising the opening through the Governments Find an Apprenticeship website.

Ongoing advice and guidance will also be offered, including any access to funding or Government grants.

Why Eastleigh College?

We think that Apprenticeships offer great opportunities for both employers and employees alike, but we also believe we are best placed to help you. Here are a few reasons why:

  • We currently have around 2,500 apprentices studying with us nationally
  • Eastleigh Colleges' Learner Satisfaction surveys results achieve a consistently high grade, when compared to other Further Education College’s based in the Solent LEP region
  • Eastleigh College's recruitment footprint (all ages) is wider reaching across the Solent area than any other FE college

Contact Us

If you have any further questions, or would like to take on an Apprentice then please feel free to contact us on 023 8091 1195, or email