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Get a well-paid industrial job with training and great career prospects!

Why do an Advanced Apprenticeship?

Waterside Advanced Apprenticeships are a great alternative to going to university. You get to learn real practical skills and work alongside industry professionals. You also receive academic training and get to develop personal skills such as working in teams.  Throughout your training you get paid - so no loans or student debt! Many of the companies we deal with are major industrial firms in the North West, so apprenticeships are an ideal way to get your career started. Waterside specializes in engineering, manufacturing and science apprenticeships. We offer:

  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Process Manufacturing
  • Laboratory (Applied Science)
New apprenticeship standards being introduced in 2017.  These are based on the job roles above e.g. electrical engineer, but also include more training for each specific industry e.g. specialist training for working in food companies.  Waterside will be introducing a number of new standards that match the roles we specialize in and the industries we work with.

What do Advanced Apprenticeships involve?

The engineering apprenticeships last around 48 months, with the first year normally spent full time at Waterside to get practical skills. Then you spend years 2, 3 and 4 with your employer, working in industry doing real jobs to become competent in your particular skill. You also return to Waterside one day each week to carry on with academic studies, getting a Level 3 Diploma and potentially a Level 4 HNC.  At the end of the apprenticeship, you will need to do an End Point Assessment where you show and explain what you have learned to an independent company (not Waterside or your employer), and they will then sign off to say that you have finished your apprenticeship.

The process manufacturing apprenticeships normally last 24-36 months, and the first year may include some of the training from the engineering programme. Then you go to work with your employer, where you get to learn and manage complex processes.  You will also need to do an End Point Assessment like the engineers.

The science apprenticeships involve working at your employer for around 36 months, with a day release each week for academic studies. This is a science based programme, and you would be working on scientific tests, laboratory equipment, quality analysis etc. at your employer.  Like the engineers and process apprenticeships, you will need to do an End Point Assessment in order to complete the programme.

For more information, take a look at this Apprenticeship Overview, and also see our page on Apprenticeship Programmes

Apprentice personal development training

If you join our programmes, your company may also send you on our personal development courses, including week-long residential courses in the first year and final year of the apprenticeships. These are great experiences, and you get to learn a lot about team-building and pushing yourself to new limits.

Do I get paid even though I am being trained?

Yes! You will get a salary right from the start, and you won’t have to pay any college fees.  Many of our apprentices earn over £150 per week in the first year, and earn much much more in years 2, 3 and 4.  So by the end you will have great qualifications and have valuable practical skills, having been trained by highly experienced engineers and tutors, and you won’t have a big debt to pay off!

How do I apply?

Applications for our September 2017 intake are now open: to apply, go to Online Apprenticeship Application – 2017 Intake


Like to know more?

Take a look at some our blog posts on apprenticeships:

Apprenticeship Open Evening 22 March 2017

Apprenticeship changes in 2017

Congratulations to our first year apprentices

Mayor attends Engineering Apprenticeship open day

Gaining commitment to a successful apprenticeship

A rocketing start for our new Waterside apprentices!

Apprentice Graduation Night 2015


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