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National Apprenticeship Week 2023

We’re celebrating National Apprenticeship Week – 6 to 12 February 2023

At Wiltshire College & University Centre, we are shining a light on the positive impact that apprenticeships make to individuals, businesses and the wider economy. We are celebrating our diverse apprenticeship offering, our apprentices and our amazing employer partners sharing their stories throughout the week.

This year’s theme of ‘Skills For Life’ and we are reflecting on how apprenticeships can help individuals to develop the skills and knowledge required for a rewarding career. As well as helping businesses to develop a talented workforce that is equipped with skills for the future.

Whether you are a student thinking about an apprenticeship, a parent thinking that an apprenticeship might be right for your child, an individual who wants a career change or an employer thinking about having apprentices join your team, we have a range of advisers available to answer your questions. Simply email or call 0845 345 2235.

What is an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are a great alternative to traditional learning. An apprenticeship is a job where you learn while gaining experience as well as getting paid. You are an employee who will benefit from having the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.


  • Earn a wage while you are training
  • Learn job specific skills and gain practical experience
  • Developing professionally alongside experienced colleagues
  • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications
  • Support from a dedicated College assessor
  • Paid holiday
  • Progression onto higher level qualifications or university
  • Fast track into full-time employment


Anyone can be an apprentice, no matter if you’re a school leaver starting your career, wanting a career change, or looking to upskill your existing experience of qualifications. To be eligible you need to meet the following enrolment criteria.

  • Aged 16 or over (there is no upper age limit)
  • Have been living in the UK for 3 years prior to enrolling
  • Not in full-time education

An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals while simultaneously gaining nationally recognised qualifications. Afterwards, you can progress into work, a degree-level apprenticeship or onto university.

Our Activities

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, we have spoken to some of our apprentices and employer partners to share case studies and videos discussing their apprenticeship journeys which we will share on our social media throughout the week.

Do you have questions, want help applying for an apprenticeship or would like support in starting an application? Our Careers and Work Experience Teams will be on hand to support you from 11am until 1pm on Monday 6, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 February in the Careers Hub on each campus.

How to write a winning application, Hints & Tips and CV writing

Monday 6th February

Tuesday 7th February

Apprenticeship Awards

We are delighted to be hosting our Apprenticeship Awards in-person for the first time since 2020 on Tuesday 7 February at The Civic Centre in Trowbridge. We are proud of our Apprentices and Employer Partners. See the winners here:

Apprenticeships at Wiltshire College & University Centre

At Wiltshire College & University Centre, we work with around 900 employers and deliver over 60 apprenticeship programmes across a wide range of sectors from Level 2 up to Level 7.

Our apprenticeship growth has been phenomenal in the past few years and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Our dedicated Apprenticeship Team, Student Recruitment Consultants and Careers Advisors are available to offer you the support you need to be a successful apprentice, provide the right career advice and guidance and match you with appropriate employers.

Find out all about the WCUC’s apprenticeships offering on our dedicated apprenticeships page.

We’ve created a presentation with a voiceover for students, parents and schools to watch to find out more about Apprenticeships.

Information for employers
Information for parents
Our Apprenticeships Highlights

Our amazing apprentices have continued to do incredible things in the 12 months since National Apprenticeship Week 2022.

Whether that’s achieving promotions in the workplace, being recognised with awards, competing in national competitions or taking part in insightful industry trips, there is always something going on.

And our entire apprenticeships offering continues to go from strength to strength too as we strive to create the best possible programmes for our apprentices.

Take a look below and discover some of the highlights achieved by the WCUC’s apprenticeships department over the past year.

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