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Our courses for September 2022 are now full and new applications closed – we’ve had a fantastic number of students joining us for the start of the academic year and we’re excited for their journey here at Lakes College.

We’re now looking forward to the 23/24 academic year and applications will open shortly – keep an eye on our website for updates.

Our next Open Event will take place on Wednesday, December 7th between 5pm and 7.30pm.

Education & childcare

Our apprenticeships are updated regularly so please check back for the latest openings.


This page is constantly updated with the latest apprenticeship vacancies.
If you want to register your interest, scroll down to the bottom and fill in the form.

Alternatively, if you need more information, please email

Careers: Nursery Nurse, Youth Worker, Nursery Assistant, Childminder, Early Years Practitioner, Playgroup Assistant, Creche Assistant, Pre-school Assistant, Primary School Teacher.

Early Years Educator apprenticeship

12-18 months, fully work-based

This occupation is found in a range of private and public settings including: full day care; children’s centres, pre-schools, reception classes, playgroups, nursery schools, home-based provision, hospitals, social care settings, out-of-school environments and local authority provision to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements set by Government for the learning, development and care of children from birth to five in both indoor and outdoor environments. The broad purpose of the occupation is to work and interact directly with children on a day-to-day basis supporting the planning of and delivery of activities, purposeful play opportunities and educational programmes within the ethos of the setting.

Apprenticeship vacancies include:

  • St Bridget’s Catholic Primary School, Egremont (Level 2/3)
  • Ellenborough Academy, Maryport (EY or TA)
  • ABC Nursery, based in the Whitehaven area (Level 2/3)
  • Playroom Day Nursery, based in the Whitehaven area (Level 2/3, January start)
  • Little Tod’s Childcare, Great Broughton (rural position, transport would need to be checked): JOB DESCRIPTION HERE
  • Frizington Community Primary School (Level 2)
  • Happy Hours Private Day Nursery, Moresby (Level 2/3)

Teaching Assistant apprenticeship

The primary role of the teaching assistant is to support the class teacher to enhance pupils’ learning either in groups or individually, ensuring pupils understand the work set, know their learning objectives and stay on task in order to make progress. Promoting self-belief, social inclusion and a high self-esteem play an integral part to pupils’ wellbeing, ensuring pupils thrive in a positive, nurturing, safe environment. It’s an active role supporting the learner to access the curriculum. They are good role models, act with honesty and integrity, take part in team meetings and contribute to planning and class activities. Promoting fundamental British values through spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and positive behaviours are crucial in contributing to improved pupil progress and development.

Apprenticeship vacancies include:

  • Ellenborough Academy, Maryport (EY or TA)
  • Energy Coast UTC (18+ only)

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Contact Details


Hallwood Road
Lillyhall Business Park
CA14 4JN


01946 839 300