Are you aged 16 to 24?

Do you need the skills to help you get a job or Apprenticeship?

Then apply to join our Gateway to Apprenticeships programme and get tailored support to get into your chosen career!

Need a fresh start?

For more information please email Leanne Pritchard or Barry Brown, our Traineeship Learning Support Advisors. Alternatively, you can call, 01782 603574.

What is the Gateway to Apprenticeships programme?
This programme can prepare you for your future career, helping you to get ready for the world of work and improve your chances of getting an Apprenticeship, job or further training.  It gives you valuable work experience and employability skills to boost your CV!

We offer 1-1 mentoring and support for the duration of the programme, with access to a range of over 150 full-time courses and Apprenticeships upon successful completion.

The programme runs for fourteen weeks with the content tailored to your individual needs. 
It includes:

Work preparation training which ensures you are ready and have the confidence to take the first step in your career, such as an Apprenticeship.
English and Maths support to help give you the literacy and numeracy skills needed for the workplace.
Meaningful work experience which provides insight and experience of the world of work and makes you more attractive to potential employers.
What occupations are available?
Business Admin
Customer Service
Health & Social Care
Warehousing & Logistics
and more…
Who might my work experience be with?
We work with a range of local employers in a wide variety of industries to provide genuine work experience, including:
Foley FC
Oxfam Online Shop
The Boilerworks Social Media Marketing
S&A Wholesale
MW Construction
Emmaus North Staffs Warehouse
Free spirit Daycare
Daniel’s Delights Chocolatier
Ayudante C.I.C Manufacturing
Burslem Pharmacy
Is the Gateway to Apprenticeships programme right for me?
The programme is suitable for anyone, providing you:
Are not currently in a job or employed for more than 16 hours a week
Are seeking full-time employment, an Apprenticeship or further training/education
Have limited work experience
Are aged 16-24
Do not have a full Level 4 qualification
Will I get paid?
You will get a FREE bus pass and a £20 weekly bursary for nine weeks of the programme, subject to criteria.
What other benefits are there?
In addition to the FREE bus pass and £20 per week payment*, you will also get:
FREE Breakfast*
PLUS Support from our Job Shop to help you in your job search
*subject to criteria

Student Quotes

At the start of the work placement I had no confidence in the skills I had but thanks to the tutors and my workplace, I have improved in everything I do and learnt a lot.  Now I am really proud, confident and ready to push myself further.

Prince Aboagye – Offered an Engineering Apprenticeship

Before I started my Traineeship I didn’t know what I wanted to do but once I spoke to the teachers I really wanted to do the course.  The Traineeship helped me to be more confident with interviews, I also gained more knowledge in the area I want a career in through my work experience.

Lilla Csonka – Returning to Education

I found a placement that I enjoyed, in a field that I am enthusiastic about.  I sharpened my skills and am starting to develop those I need to progress.  I can’t thank the staff enough for helping me realise my ambitions and now have the confidence to carry them out.

Rob Ailwood – Offered Employment in I.T.

A chat with Adil – now an Apprentice with the NHS

Adil, former Stoke on Trent College student

How did the traineeship benefit you?

“If it wasn’t for the traineeship I wouldn’t be where I am now. I am finally doing something I love and I’m on the right path, working towards the career I want. It’s also helped me to become more confident in myself and being in the workplace, as well as developing my Maths and English skills. English is not my first language but I have come a very long way from talking to professionals and my peers on the course.”

Did the work experience help you to make the right decision about your future?

“Yes, definitely – a month of work experience opened my eyes and made it clear to me that this is what I want to do. I was on a Stroke Ward for my work experience, it was challenging but I enjoyed every second of it. Now on the apprenticeship, I get the opportunity to experience many different wards and environments.”

How do you feel about your future now compared to before the Traineeship?

“I feel that I am now on the right path, I knew that I always wanted to work for the NHS but I didn’t know how to get there. I was feeling a little bit lost before but my tutors gave me the support and guidance I needed to get where I wanted to be.”

Do you think the traineeship was the right option to get you ready for work?

“Yes, I do. It was the best decision for me to get onto the right path. It gave me an insight into the work environment and what to expect. It helped to build my confidence and opened up an opportunity for me.”

Would you recommend the traineeship course and the college?

“I would definitely recommend it, you get out what you put in. Especially if you are like me, wanting to get into work and find what’s right for you. I didn’t feel committed to studying on a full-time course as I am a more practical person. I didn’t have a job or much experience at the time so it was the right course for me and the college gave me the support I needed to progress. Now on my apprenticeship, I earn whilst I learn.”

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