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  About Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships give you an opportunity to learn and gain a recognised qualification whilst you work.

All apprenticeships are paid and you will be expected to work for a minimum of 30 hours a week, which includes the time you spend at college.

You will spend most of your time within your workplace and the rest of your training will be provided by the College normally on a one day a week basis, although variations can apply according to the programme.

There is no upper age limit to become an apprentice but you need to be at least 16.

To become an apprentice you will need to apply for an apprenticeship job vacancy or speak to a business and have them take you on as an apprentice.

We can support you through this process helping you with CV writing, interview tips and speaking to the business about the benefits of employing an apprentice.

We work with hundreds of employers every year developing vacancies and helping them recruit a workforce that will boost their business.

We have a wide range of apprenticeships available and specialise in different subjects across our campuses.

We specialise in agriculture, animal care, arboriculture, equine, horticulture, land-based engineering and Veterinary Nurse apprenticeships across Devon.

If you don’t find the right vacancy contact our recruitment team on 0330 123 4785 or e-mail apprenticeships@bicton.ac.uk  They can then let you know about any vacancies that fit your interests in the future.

There  is a whole support network around you that will help you thrive and succeed in your chosen career.

Once you are an apprentice, this useful guide will help you on your journey.

Go to Apprentice Support Guide

  Current Vacancies

Horticulture Apprentice with C and M Garden Maintenance

Closing date: November 14, 2021


An opportunity has arisen for an apprentice gardener. The successful apprentice should have drive and enthusiasm for everything to do with plants and gardening. Duties on a daily basis will include ga

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Apprentice Groundsperson with Woody Park

Closing date: October 31, 2021


Woody Park are seeking a motivated and passionate individual to join their team as an Apprentice Groundsperson. The successful candidate will get involved with all aspects of the business, the main du

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Horticulture Apprentice with Pride and Joy

Closing date: November 24, 2021


Pride and Joy are proud to be able to recruit a horticulture apprentice to join their skilled and developing team. You will need to initially attend their site based at Derriford, before proceeding to

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Did you know Bicton College is part of The Cornwall College Group, the largest provider of apprenticeships in the region…

15000

Apprentices supported in the last 10 years

1500+

Employers choose us to deliver their apprenticeships every year

75%

of our apprentices are aged 19+

Figures are approximate and correct as of August 2021.

  FAQs

Do I get paid?

Yes, all apprentices are paid. The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £4.30 per hour. However you will earn significantly more as you progress through your qualifications (depending on the career route you choose). If you are an apprentice aged 19+ you will start at £4.30 per hour for the first year and then go on to the national minimum wage and progress from there. If you are already employed and start an apprenticeship, your wage should not change.

Do I have to pay anything to become an apprentice?

No, while you are on an apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary and supports you while you undertake your training.

If you are 16 to 18 years old, all your training is free. However, if you are aged 19 or older your employer will need to contribute toward your training fees.

How many hours a week do I have to work?

You will be expected to work for a minimum of 30 hours a week, which includes your time spent at college. This may be different for certain apprenticeships that offer block college training.

Is there an age limit for apprenticeships?

No, there is no upper age limit and to start an apprenticeship you need to be at least 16.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The length of an apprenticeship varies depending on your prior skill levels, experience, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Generally, the apprenticeships that we offer take between one and four years to complete.

What time of year can I start?

You can apply at any time of the year. When you begin the work-based training depends on the availability of a position within the business.

Can I do an apprenticeship with my current employer?

Yes, if your employer agrees, you can become an apprentice where you work now.

What are the new Apprenticeship Standards?

A recent review process has identified a need to make the apprenticeships even more career focused. ‘New Standards Apprenticeships’ will in future support the development of specific skills and knowledge for specific employers and specific job roles. How these are assessed and the qualifications you receive will vary depending on the apprenticeship pathway you choose. Be assured our experienced team of advisors will talk you through what’s involved at every stage.

How do I apply for a vacancy?

To enquire about a vacancy, contact our recruitment team on 0330 123 4785 or e-mail apprenticeships@bicton.ac.uk

To apply for a vacancy, follow the steps at: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

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Watch John Evans – our Principal & Chief Exec. – talk about his apprenticeship journey! 

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Upcoming events

Taster Day at Bicton College

27 October 2021, 09:30-15:15


Try a subject before you apply! Our taster days are your chance to get a taste of what college is really like. You will meet our expert teaching staff, get hands-on with real course activities and try out the equipment plus meet other potential students so there are familiar faces when you enrol

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Animal Management Recruitment Event (Online)

8 November 2021, 18:00-19:00


Can you see yourself working in our dedicate and vibrant Animal Zone, shaping the lives of our students and helping them achieve their career goals? We’re looking for passionate individuals to join our team. Learn more about what it takes to work at Bicton College at our upcoming recruitment

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Open Event at Bicton College

20 November 2021, 10:00-12:00


Discover our courses, tour our campus and meet our amazing team at one of our Open Days! Our Open Days are the first step to finding the perfect college course for you. You can hear from our tutors, view our incredible facilities and get your first taste of the career goals we can help you reach

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