Become an apprentice

The Adult College offers various apprenticeship routes and the skills you need to learn for your subject or chosen career.  You can be sure that the experience you gain will set you up for life. If you are a resident of Barking and Dagenham and you apply for an apprenticeship through the college, you are automatically guaranteed an interview.

Why choose an apprenticeship?

Being an apprentice is a great way to start your career and gain a recognised qualification while getting paid. 
As an apprentice you will:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • get time for study related to your role (usually one day a week)

Entry requirements

To start an apprenticeship you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education
If you do not have in GCSE English or maths, you will usually be required to complete functional skills courses alongside your apprenticeship programme.

What we offer

There are hundreds of different apprenticeships to choose from. Whether you are at the start of your career, want to change direction, or if you are returning to work after a break and need to upskill.

Intermediate apprenticeships 

Level 2 
12 to 18 months 
Equivalent to 5 GCSEs 4 to 9

Advanced apprenticeships

Level 3 
18 to 48 months 
Equivalent to 2 A-levels

Higher / degree apprenticeships 

Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7
24 months and over
Equivalent to foundation degree level or higher

How to apply

Our apprenticeship team can help you to find the right apprenticeship. You can also work with our Job Shop teams to complete application forms, write a CV and prepare for interviews.

Information for employers

We offer apprenticeship programmes to meet the needs of our employers. These could include apprenticeship standards in the following sectors.

What our apprentices say


How did the college help you with your personal development?
Having worked in retail management for over 20 years, I was looking for a way to change my career direction. I enrolled on to a business administration introduction course to see how I could move into an administrative role. I was then approached by the college to do an apprenticeship.

What is your current status?
I now work at the Adult College as a project officer in the student services team.

Would you recommend the apprenticeship to your family or friends?
Yes. Apprenticeships offer a good opportunity to get into work while you study to get your qualification in the same field. For example, you can do a business administration qualification and work with an employer to gain experience and skills. Apprenticeships offer a fair income.


How did the college help you with your personal development?
I have gained knowledge and experience in business administration and grown personally too. I have regular meetings with my manager to receive feedback, support and advice. I have a clear understanding of my role and my confidence has improved. I enjoy taking part in wellbeing courses at the college.

What is your current status?
I am doing a business administration level 3 apprenticeship at the Adult College.

Would you recommend the apprenticeship to your family or friends?
Yes, it's a great way to gain a qualification and earn a living at the same time.

What have you enjoyed the most about the apprenticeship so far?
I took part in Skills London as an exhibitor to promote construction opportunities to young people. It was very exciting.
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