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Why Choose an Apprenticeship?

1

A REAL WAGE

Instead of university debt, you can earn an average of £200 per week.

2

A REAL JOB

Work in a job placement for at least 30 hours a week and get yourself on the career ladder.

Over 90% of our apprentices currently go into permanent work or further training.

3

A REAL QUALIFICATION

Employers think qualified apprentices are 15% more employable.

97% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved, and 92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.

GET-THE-EDGE

There are three types of Apprenticeships offered at the College:

Intermediate Apprenticeships (Level 2)

These Apprenticeships are suitable if you are a school leaver or have little or no experience in your chosen area. Level 2 Apprenticeships are equivalent to five GCSEs.

Advanced Apprenticeships (Level 3)

These qualifications are suitable if you have completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship or are already an existing employee with some experience in your job role. Level 3 Apprenticeships are equivalent to two A Levels.

Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4+)

These qualifications are suitable if you have completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship or are already an existing employee with some experience in your job role. Level 4 and 5 is equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree whereas level 6 is equivalent to a bachelor degree.

Apprenticeship Success Stories

We are extremely proud of our students.

Akela Nevelli

Professional Cookery Apprentice Akela Nevelli
Professional Cookery Apprentice at No 9 Church Street

“I have really benefited from my Apprenticeship as it has allowed me to develop the practical skills to work as a chef … my skills and understanding have developed far faster than if I had just taken a full or part-time course.”

Armands Vinklers

Professional Cookery Apprentice Armands Vinklers
Professional Cookery Apprentice at The Fish and Anchor Inn, Evesham

“I’m so happy I decided to come to England and learn to be a chef. I am very proud to be nominated for Apprentice of the Year and I’m grateful to the College and everyone at The Fish and Anchor Inn.”

Catherine McCarthy

Apprentice Catherine Mccarthy
Customer Service Apprentice at the Visitor Information Centre

“For me, my Apprenticeship has been life changing.”

“Supported by my supervisor, the College and the close team at the Visitor Information Centre (VIC), my confidence and knowledge grew on a daily basis. The programme of learning opened my eyes to different ways of handling different situations with customers, many of which I wouldn’t have considered without the apprenticeship. I am absolutely delighted to have been offered a permanent role with the VIC and to be working in an amazing industry helping tourists from all over the world.”

Chloe Gardner

Apprentice Chloe Gardner
Professional Cookery Apprentice at The Stratford Manor

“Becoming a cookery Apprentice was the best thing I’ve ever done. I love working as a chef and dreaming up new and interesting menus.”

Charlotte Bailey

Apprentice Charlotte Bailey
Professional Catering Apprentice at the White Hart Inn (Ufton, Leamington Spa)

Chris Dyer

Apprentice Chris Dyer
Motor Vehicle Apprentice at Listers Toyota

“I have been interested in cars and how they work since I was little, so a Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship really appealed to me”

Conor Barron

Apprentice Conor Barron
Professional Cookery Apprentice at Aubrey Allen Caterers

“I’ve always learnt better by doing things rather than sat in a lecture hall with someone talking at me. It’s a lot more personal too. Whereas at uni you don’t really get to know any of your lecturers, here everyone works as a close team. I love learning new things and learning news ways to get tasks done.”

Connor Fox

Motor Vehicle Apprentice Connor Fox
Motor Vehicle Apprentice at MotorServ UK

“Next, I want to train on the Advanced Apprenticeship and then become a qualified mechanic from there. I’d love to carry on working at MotorServ UK.”

Dan Morris

Apprentice Dan Morris
Electrical Installation Apprentice at Pauls Electrical Services Ltd

“I chose to start my Apprenticeship because I was interested in electrics and an Apprenticeship seemed like a great way to progress into a career”

Daniel Herbert

Building and Construction Apprentice Daniel Herbert
Building and Construction Apprentice at ArchiWildish Ltd

“I love working here. I’m trying to broaden my knowledge as much as possible and learn as much as I can about all the different aspects involved in being an architect.”

Daniel Bartlett

Apprentice Daniel Bartlett
Professional Cookery Apprentice at the Orange Tree, Chadwick End

“I am enjoying my Apprenticeship as I feel like I am progressing in my career and developing skills that will help me throughout my life”

Debbie Reading

Apprentice Debbie Reading
Food Production and Cooking Apprentice at Holroyd Howe Caterers

Douglas Webb

Apprentice Doug Webb
Business Admin Apprentice at Stratford-upon-Avon College

“I’m proof that you can do an Apprenticeship at any age. When my job role changed, an Apprenticeship was the best method of learning to ensure that I gain new skills and knowledge, which is allowing me to develop in my new role.”

Ellena Maher

Professional Cookery Apprentice Ellena Maher
Professional Cookery Apprentice at The Rose & Crown restaurant, Warwick

“The bonus of doing an apprenticeship is that I am earning my own money while I’m learning. I’m also guaranteed a job after the course has finished. What more could you ask for?”

Emma Barnsley

Apprentice Emma Barnsley
Professional Cookery Apprentice at Blueberry Hill Patisserie

“My Apprenticeship has helped me to furthur my knowledge of patisserie and has given me great career prospects”

Emma Stringman

Apprentice Emma Stringman
Health and Social Care apprentice at Homeinstead (Stratford-upon-Avon)

Faye Golding

Apprentice Faye Golding
Business Admin Apprentice at Stratford-upon-Avon College

“I am gaining valuable work experience, earning money, and training towards a qualification that will help me throughout my life.”

Hannah Mawson

Hanna Mawson Apprentice
Business & Administration Apprentice at Stratford-upon-Avon College

“I started my Apprenticeship as I wanted a greater understanding of what is involved when working in Business and Administration. The course has allowed me to learn new skills which I can utilise in my everyday role.”

James Cook

Apprentice James Cook
Motor Vehicle Apprentice at David Lees Motor Engineers

“I love cars so I jumped at the chance to do an Apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle. I’ve learnt so much in a short space of time and I’m really looking forward to my future in the sector.”

James Peach

Apprentice James Plumb
Motor Vehicle Apprentice at The Garage

“I wanted a change from the usual school environment and an Apprenticeship seemed like an amazing opportunity to learn new skill that were relevant to my ambitions, and gain a qualification whilst earning money ”

Jamie Day

Apprentice Jamie Day
Professional Cookery Apprentice at The Chef Dozen

“Since starting work at The Chef Dozen in Chipping Campden I feel the Apprentice programme has given me the opportunity to learn from one of the best chefs in the country, gain a qualification and get paid.”

Jordan Sollis

Apprentice Jordan Sollis
Professional Catering Apprentice at the Bakers Arms (Chipping Campden)

Joseph Vaughan

Apprentice Joseph Vaughan
Business Admin Apprentice at the Chocolate Place

‘’My Apprenticeship has helped me to achieve my dream of owning my own chocolate shop, and I’m only 16 years old.”

Josh Plumb

Apprentice Josh Plumb
Electrical Installation Apprentice at Pauls Electrical Services Ltd

“My Apprenticeship was an amazing way to establish myself within a company and earn money whilst learning new skills”

Lauren Preece

Apprentice Lauren Preece
Business Administration Apprentice at Venture House (Stratford-upon-Avon)

Lizzie Dunn

Apprentice Lizzie Dunn
Business Admin Apprentice at Stratford-upon-Avon College

“I chose to do an Apprenticeship because I wanted to learn in a more practical way and the classroom environment was not the right option for me. My Apprenticeship allowed me to work, earn, develop my skills and experience, and gain a number of qualifications in the business sector. I gained so much confidence too.”

Luke Shelford

Apprentice Luke Shelford
Professional Cookery Apprentice at Lovely Pubs

“I was very lucky to be offered an Apprenticeship with the Lovely Pub Company, all the Chefs have been highly supportive in helping me develop the right skills to meet the challenges in this exciting and fast paced industry.”

Maciej Stencel

Apprentice gym instructor Maciej Stencel.
Gym Instructor Apprentice at Anytime Fitness

“I’m definitely going to progress to an advanced apprenticeship and I want to continue to develop as a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness. I’ve loved being at the gym since I was 15 so I know this is the industry for me.”

Martin Dunsby

Business Administration Apprentice Martin Dunsby
Business Administration Apprentice at Stratford-upon-Avon College

“I gained invaluable experience working within an office environment, and also acquired many new skills and furthered my expertise from the training provided by the College’s Work Based Learning team.”

Melissa Jones

Apprentice Melissa Jones
Professional Cookery Apprentice at Warwickshire Lad

“I have built so many new and exciting skills throughout my Apprenticeship. I’m really looking forward to my future in this industry”

Oliver Parry


Engineering Apprentice at Freeman & Pardoe’s

Oliver Stratford


Engineering Apprentice at Freeman & Pardoe’s

Ryan Croftes-Wells

Apprentice Ryan Croftes-Wells
Professional Cookery Apprentice at The Bridge

“When I started working at The Bridge in Bidford my employer put me in contact with Stratford-upon-Avon College and following a visit from the College to explain my options I enrolled on the Apprenticeship programme. I attend classes at college to help support the skills I am learning at work and my assessor visits me at work. I am very grateful for this opportunity.”

Ryan Pattison

Ryan Pattison - Automotive Technician Apprentice
Automotive Technician Apprentice

“The apprenticeship was an opportunity I knew I had to go for. I see this as a stepping stone to get me into the industry.”… “Without Stratford College I simply wouldn’t be here; without the training I’ve received there’s no way I’d even understand the basics of what we do in the workshop.”

Sam Cox-Brann


Engineering Apprentice at Freeman & Pardoe’s

Sarah Collett


Hospitality Apprentice at Cotswold Food Store Café

“I knew I wanted to be in a working environment. I love the apprenticeship; I get very hands on with all the different aspects of the business. You’re able to use your own initiative a lot more. I’m learning things and I’m allowed to make decisions on my own. You get paid as well which is good!”

Tash Summerfield

Apprentice Tash Summerfield
Motor Vehicle Apprentice at Listers Toyota

“I chose to start my Apprenticeship as I knew that I wanted a career in car mechanics and an Apprenticeship looked like the best route for me to take.”

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