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National Apprenticeship Week 2024

A week dedicated to celebrating apprentices and all the hard work they put into everything they do. Read on for details!

Intro Video from Chris

National Apprenticeship Week is taking place from 5th to 11th February 2024, aiming to celebrate apprentices, teaching staff and employers in colleges and educational institutions across the country.


Chris Nattress, Principal at Lakes College, introduces #NAW24 and explains what you can expect to see across our social media channels this week.

Apprenticeship Academy

Join our Apprenticeship Academy today!

Lakes College has launched the Apprenticeship Academy programme to match budding apprentices with leading employers across Cumbria.

We’re recruiting for more than 80 apprenticeships in a huge range of roles including civil engineer, project manager, nuclear technician, health, safety and environment, electrical designer and more.

If you’re looking for an apprenticeship starting from September 2024, join our Apprenticeship Academy now to receive expert support with your CV and interview skills and help with finding the perfect opportunity for you.

Read more – click here

Apprentice Video

An apprenticeship is a real job – you will learn essential skills that employers look for, gain experience and get paid.


Teddy Waning is studying a degree apprenticeship at Nuclear Waste Services whilst completing his Nuclear and Waste Management degree with Lakes College.

Watch the video to find out about Teddy’s journey, why he decided to study a degree programme at Lakes and how the college’s support has helped along the way!

What is an apprenticeship?

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job that can help you learn the essential skills that employers look for, gain the experience you need as well as get paid.

If you’re not sure where to start we have a variety of options and levels available, and our team are here to help you make the decision (based on your skills, interests and career goals).

With apprenticeships ranging from Level 2 – Level 6, there’s an option suitable for everyone – regardless of age or previous experience.

Click here to apply to our Apprenticeship Academy today!

Caitlin Fulton Quote

“At college all the tutors encourage you to be the best you can be. The support has been fantastic, I can't fault them. If I need anything or I'm struggling in the workshop they're there to help. Nobody will see you struggle. I love my job and my apprenticeship and I'm glad I can say that!”

Catelin Fulton, Level 2 Bricklayer Apprentice

T Level

T Levels are a new type of qualification which have been designed with the goal of getting you ready to jump straight into the world of work after finishing your course.


Emily-rose speaks about her experience of studying the T Level in Business and Management course, explains the opportunities it has provided her, and describes whether she would recommend the course to others.

One-o-Five Video

We listen to the employers that we work with, and help them to grow their businesses with the help of our apprentices.


Richard (Managing Director of One-o-Five Precision) and Louie (Apprentice at One-o-Five with Carrs Engineering Skills Academy) discussed the importance of apprenticeships and asked each other questions about the business and learning new skills.

Safer Internet Day 2024

Safer Internet Day 2024

Using the internet in a safe and sensible way is extremely important in today’s society.

We have compiled a list of useful resources to help educate and inform you about the dangers of the online world.

Click here to view resources and links