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- What are vocational Full-time Courses?
- How long are the courses?
- What courses are available?
- Who can do a Full-time Course?
- When could I start?
- Will I have to pay to do a course?
- What could this course lead to?
- How do I apply?
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We have Apprenticeship and Traineeship opportunities available right now – across the Isle of Wight and the south coast, in all types of businesses.
High quality classroom-based training with real work experience. Gain skills and knowledge to get you ready for your career
What are vocational Full-time Courses?
Our Full-time Courses are designed to build your confidence while you gain qualifications and the valuable work experience you need to progress on to an Apprenticeship, further education or other employment.
Is it like school?
We know that traditional college or sixth form isn’t for everyone – that’s why we’ve created a training environment that feels different. With smaller group sizes – so you get the support you need, industry experienced tutors, who really know their stuff, and the opportunity to put all your learning into practice with regular work experience placements, too.
Do I need any previous qualifications to enrol?
You don’t need any previous experience, or qualifications to learn with us – just a great attitude and the desire to get your career started.
How long are the courses?
Our courses run from September and finish between June and mid-July.
Book a virtual chat with a course leader
You can contact our careers advisors at any time if you’ve got questions about our Courses, Apprenticeships or Traineeships – but now on Thursdays you can also speak – via phone or video chat – directly with our course leaders at Riverbank Campus and get more in-depth information about specific Full-time Courses and what it’s really like to train with us on‑campus. Booking is simple, and Nicki & Lisa would love to meet you!
What courses are available?
We offer full-time courses in many different career subjects, such as: Business & Administration | Travel & Tourism | Health and Social Care | Professional Cookery | Sport & Fitness Instructing NEW!! FOOTBALL COACHING | Childcare & Education | Nail Technology | Horse Care & Riding |
Who can do a Full-time Course?
Our Full-time Courses are available to you if you:
- were under 19 on the 31st August 2021 (or under 25 if you hold an Education, Health & Care Plan)
- are living in England
- are not in full-time education
When could I start?
Our courses start in September but you can still apply for this year for some courses, or contact us to arrange a convenient day and time to visit the campus to see the facilities and meet our staff.
Before starting your course you will be asked to come in to meet your Training Consultant and complete your Programme Induction. This will include a tour of the campus where your training will take place. You will also receive further information about the course, such as any equipment or clothing you may need to provide and will be given an outline of your course timetable.
If you feel you’re ready to start work now, there’s no need to wait, our Apprenticeships are great ways to get you working and learning now. Immediate vacancies are available – contact us today.
Will I have to pay to do a course?
No – the Government will pay the cost of your course if you were under 19 on the 31st August 2021, or under 25 if you hold an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP).
You may also receive a bursary to support your learning. This will be discussed with you on application and could entitle you to up to £1,200 if your course lasts at least 30 weeks in one year. Depending on where you live you may also be eligible for help with your travel costs.
You must attend regularly to receive bursaries and other payments.
What could this course lead to?
Progression from our full-time courses is something that we discuss from day one. There is a structured progression route for each of the courses we offer, including higher level qualifications, Apprenticeships or other employment, including self-employment.
How do I apply?
If you’re ready to apply for a Full-time Course with us, it’s easy:
- Contact us by phone or via our Contact Form,
- We’ll talk to you about your options and help you choose which course is right for you.
- And, if you need it, we can help you to complete the Application Form.