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Sign Making Apprenticeship at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a full time work based training course

About the course

As a Sign Work apprentice you would be involved in the design, production and installation of all sorts of signs using perspex, vinyl, plastic, metal and glass.  You could be making traffic signs, signs for business premises, indoor and outdoor exhibition displays, shop fronts, and designs for vehicle bodies. Your work will vary depending on the employer, but it could involve machining, joining, engraving, etching, hand decorating, spray-painting and screen-printing.

The day you are in college you will practice and develop the skills acquired in the workplace. You will be doing some workshop sessions and some theory sessions learning about how to do new tasks. There will also be some practical assessment tasks that take place at college. You will have chance to work on your portfolio and write up what you have learnt on the job.

You will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week, which includes a one day a week attendance at college. Functional Skills qualifications will be delivered in college.

You are encouraged to look for your own placement. The College will help to find a suitable placement but the emphasis is on you.

Will this course suit me?

If you've got good practical skills, a flair for design, this could be a good apprenticeship for you. You should have good attention for detail and be able to learn new skills

Be aware you may have to travel to get to your work placement.

Qualification Titles

  • NVQ level 2 diploma in Sign Making
  • Functional maths, English and ICT level 2

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 3-9 /A*-D  including English Language and Maths .  You will also need to gain a suitable employer.

Assessment

You will be assessed on site to demonstrate you can complete tasks safely and use knowledge learnt. You will build a portfolio of evidence to support the tasks you complete at the workplace. There are also some online exams.

 

Financial information

Money

At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

You can progress onto the level 3 Apprenticeship in Sign Making

Further information

How to apply                     

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: CWISW1

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