The College of West Anglia

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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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.

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Apprentice of the year awards

The annual College of West Anglia (CWA) Apprenticeship Awards 2019 took place on 5th March at Knights Hill Hotel. Over 100 friends, family and employers attended the awards evening alongside representatives from Anglian Water Alliances, who sponsored the evening.

The awards ceremony coincided with National Apprenticeship Week 2019, a nationwide annual celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy.

Eliza Zintalak

Customer Service Practitioner Level 2

Doing an apprenticeship is a great way to combine both work and education together. It is relevant and beneficial to me, my employer as well as the customers as this gives me the chance to gain the qualification as well as earn money at the same time.

Being a customer service advisor, my focus is to answer customer queries and assisting with their needs either over the telephone or face to face.

Doing this course has enabled me to gain confidence in a work place and apply my learning to the job.

Jack Goodrum

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Carpentry & Joinery
Apprentice of the Year 2018
World Skills Finalist 2018

“At college, I have learnt so many other skills that haven’t just revolved around carpentry. I have learnt how to be more adaptable to overcome many difficult challenges I have faced. Since then I have grown in confidence and gone from strength to strength within the workplace.”

Alex Goodman

Electrotechnical Apprenticeship

Alex has successfully completed the first year of his NVQ Level 3 Electro-technical Apprenticeship at Dodd Group’s Kings Lynn branch.

Dodd Group has named Alex Goodman as its Electrical Apprentice of the Year 2018, following a hotly contested competition. Alex’s mature attitude and commitment to carrying out all tasks to the best of his ability made him a stand out candidate.

Alex’s supervising electricians and managers have commented on his positive attitude and abilities and all his colleagues are happy to have him on their team. He has quickly earned a reputation of being keen to learn and actively seeks out new work as he completes his allocated tasks.

John Kavanagh, Dodd Group’s Managing Director commented, “It is the likes of Alex that represent the future of our industry. We believe that by encouraging such pro-active people as Alex into the industry we can protect our business. He should be proud of his achievement as the standard of entries this year was particularly high, and I look forward to monitoring his future progress.”

Kathryn Crofts

Apprenticeship - Level 5 Management

Originally signed up for the Level 3 Team Leader Supervisor Apprenticeship. Yet, Kathryn met the requirements for her to do the Level 5 Operations Departmental Manager Apprenticeship with this being supported by her manager and mentor it was the appropriate level and meeting the organisational objectives.

Being an active participant and attending all workshops, Kathryn has shown determination and vigour. The work that is completed by Kathryn is exceptional standards, using examples to demonstrate her knowledge, skills and competencies from her workplace ensuring she adheres to confidentiality.

It has been a pleasure to work alongside Kathryn, observing her in her role and she has dealt with all levels of staff, including the Secretary of State for Health. Kathryn has shown the skills and behaviours of a competent manager. Being professional, determined and fair in her management, peers and the senior management team show a lot of respect.

Kathryn is agile, creative and always looking for solutions to meet the organisational objectives, seeking opinions of others and is fair, trustworthy and respected by her peers, always positive despite negativity that may exist in the current climate.

Kathryn’s impact in ensuring the highest quality and resolving problems within the theatre department and her promotion to Theatre Man Systems Manager is evidence in both the learning and development though the apprenticeship and Kathryn’s own abilities and determination to succeed.