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Apprenticeships offer the chance to develop your knowledge and skills and get paid at the same time. As an apprentice, you will:

  • Earn a salary
  • Receive training from colleagues and tutors
  • Develop knowledge and skills in your chosen career
  • Gain nationally recognised qualifications

The College of West Anglia is one of the largest training providers in the region, and works with hundreds of employers across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire in supporting students (aged 16+) through apprenticeships in a wide variety of work areas. Work-based learning is a great opportunity to combine practical experience and technical support.

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Already employed or have an employer lined-up to employ you?

If you already have an employer and are interested in applying for an apprenticeship, please find the apprenticeship course you are looking to study by clicking the button below, add it to your basket and fill in the application form online.

I don’t have an employer yet, but would like to find one…

You can apply for an apprenticeship online; we will invite you in for interview and give you guidance on how to find an employer – please find the apprenticeship course you are interested in by clicking the button below, add it to your basket and fill in the application form online.

Current Apprenticeships

We also advertise apprenticeship vacancies online – this is where an employer has told us they would like an apprentice but haven’t found anyone yet

Below you will find a list of our apprenticeships vacancies. All of our vacancies will take to you to the Government's Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching Service website which is away from our website. You will need to register to apply for one of the advertised vacancies.

None of these vacancies appeal to you?

You can still apply for an apprenticeship, after which we will give you guidance on how to find an employer - please find the apprenticeship course you are interested in by clicking the button below, add it to your basket and fill in the application form online.

Not sure about apprenticeships?

Take a look at our government factsheets of frequently asked questions below.

Changes to apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are changing to further benefit employers, apprentices and the economy. The English Apprenticeships 2020 vision document outlines the Government’s plan to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships to reach commitment of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.

 

There are a number of changes planned to apprenticeship delivery in the UK, including the introduction of the apprenticeship levy from April 2017, which will help make apprenticeship funding more sustainable and improve the technical and professional skills of the workforce.

 
 

From April 2017, employers operating within the UK, in any sector, with a pay bill of more than £3million per year, on which there is a liability to pay secondary Class 1 NICs, will be asked to pay the apprenticeship levy.

0.5% of an employer’s pay bill, on which there is a liability to pay secondary Class 1 NICs, will be collected monthly via PAYE. Employers (subject to connected companies rules) will have an allowance of £15,000, which means that the levy is only applicable on pay bill over £3 million.

Example 1: Levy paying employer

Employer of 250 employees, each with a gross salary of £20,000 would pay:

  • Pay bill: 250 x £20,000 = £5,000,000
  • Levy sum: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000
  • Allowance: £25,000 – £15,000 = £10,000 annual levy payment

Example 2: Non-levy paying employer

Employer of 100 employees, each with a gross salary of £20,000 would pay:

  • Pay bill: 100 x £20,000 = £2,000,000
  • Levy sum: 0.5% x £2,000,000 = £10,000
  • Allowance: £10,000 – £15,000 = £0 annual levy payment

Individual employers’ funding for apprenticeship training in England will then be made available to them via the digital apprenticeship service. Employers will be able to use their levy funds to pay for training and assessment for apprentices in England.

 
 

Whether you pay the levy or not, the digital apprenticeship service will help you to:

  • Select an apprenticeship framework or standard
  • Choose the training provider or providers you want to deliver the training
  • Choose an assessment organisation
  • Advertise and recruit to apprenticeship vacancies

More information about the levy has been published here.

 
 

Employers with a pay bill of less than £3 million will not pay the levy. The government will provide financial support for non-levy paying employers to take on apprenticeships, but these employers will be expected to make a small financial contribution to the cost of training and assessment in partnership with Government.

For a relatively small contribution, smaller employers can get significant benefits from employing apprentices. Research shows that many employers are able to recoup the cost of training within 1 or 2 years of training finishing and 82% of employers were satisfied with the programme and 70% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service. Asking non-levied employers to pay a contribution towards the cost of apprenticeship training is only fair when larger employers are contributing towards the cost of their apprenticeships. It also helps put employers in the driving seat for influencing their choices and interacting with their training providers.

If employers do not pay the levy, they will not need a digital apprenticeship service account to pay the training provider, such as CWA, in April 2017. Non levy paying employers will agree a price and pay their co-investment to the training provider directly. Government will also pay its contribution to the provider directly.

 
 

Full details from the Government can be downloaded here.

Or feel free to email us on cwatraining@cwa.ac.uk and we will get back to you.

 

Success Story

Construction Apprentice of the Year 2018

Jack Goodrum

Carpentry Apprenticeship

Jack began his level 2 apprenticeship in site carpentry back in 2014. Upon successful completion of this he progressed on to Level 3.

During his time as an apprentice, Jack has consistently achieved high standards and represented CWA at a number of skills competitions.

In the 2017 Norfolk and Waveney Carter Cup Building Apprentices’ Competition, Jack secured gold in carpentry and joinery.

Jack also took part in the regional heat of CITB Skill Build and took first place in senior carpentry. He advanced to the national final where he was highly commended.

More recently, Jack attended WorldSkills UK again achieving highly commended. This led to Jack being nominated for Team UK to compete in WorldSkills Kazan 2019; Jack is the first CWA apprentice to be nominated for this stage of WorldSkills, which is an amazing achievement.