Career Track - Information for Apprentices

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Are you looking for employment ... looking for training ….. would like to get some experience, obtain some qualifications, and get paid?    Look no further, you can have all of this with Career Track.

It is natural to want to earn money, but you also need to gain qualifications in order to get on in your chosen career.  To get a job you need experience and to get experience you need a job.  Thousands of young people have been in the same situation and they have chosen Work Based Learning and Work Based Learning means just that, work for an organisation, earn money and learn!  There are many different types of apprenticeships on offer in a variety of different occupations – more information is available from the website.

Learner Guide

Types of apprenticeships

How can you learn?

With over 30 years' experience of offering the very best work-based learning opportunities, Career Track works with a number of local training providers who offer a wide range of services from apprenticeships to short courses and professional qualifications. We are funded by  Colchester Institute.  Visit the Colchester Institute website for further information.

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We work with many different types of employers in the Tendring and Colchester areas and provide opportunities to current employees or help learners find a new role through the apprenticeship website. We offer NVQ's and apprenticeships in Business Administration, Customer Services and Team Leading and Management at Levels 2 and 3. We also offer Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4 and Management at Level 5.

We pride ourselves in being able to provide you with a superb opportunity to experience your new career first hand and learn with a real company in the real world.

Offering positive environment to support, advise and guide you through to success, we can help make a difference to your life and to your future.


How do I apply?

To view our current vacancies go to the apprenticeships website.  You will be required to enter some personal details and find out more information about apprenticeships that are available in your area.  Please see the attached information from the National Apprenticeship Service for how to register, search and apply and how to write a winning apprenticeship application.

Apprenticeship Vacancies

How to write a winning Apprenticeship Application

For more information you can contact us on (01255) 686306 or alternatively e-mail:

Frequently Asked Questions

I am in year 11 and was told I have to stay on at school, can I do an apprenticeship instead?

You must stay in some form of education or training until your 18th birthday if you were born on or after 1 September 1997.

So this doesn’t mean staying at school, it could be

  • full-time education - eg at a school or college
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • part-time education or training - as well as being employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

How much will I earn?

From 1st October 2016, £3.40 is the national minimum wage for an apprenticeship. Once you have worked for 1 year and reach the age of 19 you will then be entitled to national minimum wage for your age.  Further information can be found at on the website.

How long will my apprenticeship last?

Everyone learns at different speeds however the average time to complete an Administration apprenticeship at Level 2 is 12 to 18 months.

How many hours will I work?

Days and hours are advertised in all job adverts on the apprenticeships website.  Normally a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 40 however this will vary depending on the type of work you undertake.

Do I get to choose where I work?

Yes, you can apply for vacancies through the Apprenticeships website: website.  We work with lots of different types of employers, both large and small, from local councils, to shops, schools, estate agents, insurance brokers, finance companies and many more!

Do I get holiday leave?

Yes, this will be down to each individual company policy however further information on minimum holiday entitlement can be found at

I already have a job; can I still do an apprenticeship?

Yes, of course.  Please contact us and we can talk through how this will work.

What training do I receive?

You will receive most of your training at work ‘on the job’ and your assessor from Career Track will also work with you mainly in the workplace.  You will work towards achieving an NVQ – a competence based qualification and functional skills in English, Math’s and ICT.  Some of these will be delivered away from your desk or workplace – known as ‘off the job’.  Career Track pride themselves on offering a flexible and unique programme for each learner so no two programmes will be the same.  It will be dependent on what you have already achieved and how you progress in the workplace.

What do the assessors do?

Your assessor will work with you on a one to one basis and support and guide you through the qualifications.  They will visit you in the workplace every two to four weeks and spend time with you either at your desk or in a quiet area or a meeting room for example.  There are a variety of ways that you can achieve your apprenticeship, and prefer to learn and the time you need to spend on this will vary however everything you undertake will be useful to you and help you succeed in your career.

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Last updated on: 21/06/2017 - 14:45