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Apprenticeship Academy

Matching your skills and interests to opportunities with over 100 local employers - read more below!


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Want to speak to our team?

Want to speak to our team?

Our team of impartial advisors can help by discussing your options, informing you about what we offer and advising on your next steps.

To find out more about the Apprenticeship Academy, call 01946 839 300 (option 2)

Apprenticeships you can study

Discover a new role…

You can study a range of Apprenticeships in subject areas including:

  • Business and professional services
  • Mechanical and electrical engineering
  • Civil engineering/built environment
  • Electrical maintenance
  • Adult care worker or practitioner
  • Quality engineer
  • Nuclear technician
  • Early years
  • Health physics monitor
  • Nuclear scientist or engineer

Backed by employers

Backed by employers

We’re working with a number of local companies including:

  • Morgan Sindall
  • Story Contracting
  • Tweddle Engineering
  • TSP Engineering
  • Peterson
  • National Nuclear Laboratory
  • West House
  • Toddler Town
  • Parkfield Nursery
  • Lake District Hotels
  • Nuclear Waste Services

Studying in Carlisle?

Studying in Carlisle?

Lakes College is proud to partner with major companies in Carlisle and surrounding areas to bring you 30 incredible apprentice vacancies across the engineering industry.

We’re working with employers including Stolle Europe, Clark Door, TEAM Inc., Bendalls, Mitchell Dryers, Tweddle Engineering, First Engineering and Story Contracting.

With such a diverse range of options, you’re sure to find a placement that fits your unique interests and goals!

By joining our Apprenticeship Academy, you’ll also receive expert support to help finetune your CV and interview skills.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

An apprenticeship is hands-on training in the workplace where you earn while you learn.

Apprentices are supported by their employer and Lakes College, learning the knowledge, skills and behaviours to allow them to thrive in their role.

At the end of an apprenticeship, an End-Point Assessment is completed to confirm the apprentice has successfully achieved the required standard.

Lakes College is the training provider, working with employers to recruit the right apprentice and supporting their development.

Our technically-qualified teachers and coaches deliver learning in college and in the workplace.

Lakes College supports apprentices throughout their apprenticeship to successful completion of the End-Point Assessment.

Step one: Online application forms must be completed

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Step two: Depending on the requirements of the apprenticeship, candidates may be invited to aptitude testing to assess their suitability.

Step three: You will be invited to attend interview skills and CV development training with the college in order to support their applications.

Step four: Applications will be screened by Lakes College before being shared with employers, who will shortlist for interview.

Candidates who do not gain an apprenticeship at this stage will receive further support to pursue future opportunities and invited to an interview at college to discuss options.

Step five: Lakes College will notify applicants who have secured an apprenticeship, followed by a formal offer sent by the employer subject to a school report or reference.

As above, any candidates who do not gain an apprenticeship at this stage will be supported by Lakes College with their options.

Step six: The employer will send detailed information relating to their apprenticeship programme to the candidate if they are selected.

Step seven (August/September 2023): Apprentices will start with their employer in September after an induction in August.

The employer pays the apprentice’s wages and provides on-the-job experience which meets the requirements of the apprenticeship.

This includes mentoring and support in the workplace, training opportunities and employment for the duration of the apprenticeship.

Knowledge, skills and behaviours are the core elements of an apprenticeship.

Knowledge makes up the theory and understanding of the work.

Skills are the practical and technical elements of completing the tasks.

Behaviours are the development of the apprentice’s professionalism.

The End-Point Assessment is the final stage of an apprenticeship.

An assessor, independent of the employer and training provider, will confirm the apprentice has developed the knowledge, skills and behaviours outlined in the apprenticeship standard for the role.

Why employers choose Lakes College

Why employers choose Lakes College

Lakes College offers a wide range of courses and apprenticeships for young people and adults, working closely with West Cumbrian employers.

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Final comments

During all steps, if any applicant fails to make it to the next stage, the dedicated admissions and careers team at Lakes College will offer one-to-one advice and guidance to secure an alternative option. Lakes College offers full-time courses covering a whole range of subjects.

See our latest mini guide here.


*Dates and details are subject to change. We will notify all applicants of any changes.

To find out more about the Apprenticeship Academy, call 01946 839 300, option 2.