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As a leading provider of skills and education across the Thames Estuary, South Essex College is the perfect partner to help with your workforce development, including apprenticeships. Whether you are a levy paying business or a SME, we can work with you to develop bespoke apprenticeship programmes.

Getting started!

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are training programmes that combine real work with learning and qualifications.

In recent years apprenticeships have undergone major reform, so there has never been a better time for businesses to benefit.

While apprenticeships have long been associated with areas such as plumbing, carpentry, mechanics, and bricklaying, this on-the-job training route has expanded greatly over recent years to include more career options than ever before.

The College is constantly working to support Apprenticeships in traditional trades, but also identify other areas that will benefit both students and employers. Having trained hundreds of apprentices across multiple businesses, we have years of experience and a great reputation for supporting companies to find the right individual for the right organisation.

Why hire an apprentice?

  • Find and develop local talent
  • Expand your business with the skills you need for growth
  • Upskill and reskill your staff to accommodate to your business requirements such as leadership and management, HR or IT
  • Develop a talent programme and path for all staff
  • Fresh perspective on service delivery
  • Improved staff morale

Why choose us?

  • South Essex apprentices attend high quality training at our Ofsted ‘Good’ rated Colleges and centres
  • Apprentices spend the majority of their time in the workplace, enabling them to practically apply the theory learned at College in a way that is relevant to their job role in your business
  • South Essex apprentices are fully supported by our tutors, assessors and learner services team whilst on the programme

Working with you to develop bespoke apprenticeship programmes

We recently launched a new Marine Engineering apprenticeship in response to demand from our customers and students. Despite the Thames Estuary being a thriving hive of maritime activity, there was no specific marine engineering programme in the South East of the country until the College launched its course in October.

The College is in a prime position to offer the course, with Essex boasting 360 miles of coastline and 95 marinas, bringing the much-needed training to the apprentices’ doorstep.

If you feel there is a gap in the market for an apprenticeship in your sector and you’d like to explore ideas, get in touch.

We have crafted our services to support you: from hiring one apprentice, to large-scale talent development solutions.

Get in touch at or call 0345 52 12345.