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Welcome to Stockport College Apprenticeships

A very warm welcome from Stockport College. We sit at the heart of Stockport and provide a large variety of learning and training opportunities. At our core, we have a key mission: to put learners first in all that we do.

Stockport College is ambitious and making excellent progress towards becoming an outstanding provider. We aim to transform the lives of learners to enable them to succeed and progress in the world of work. We take great pride in what we do.

High standards are set at the College and we aim to be one of the best performing colleges in the country. I hope that you will join us on our exciting journey to excellence and you will use the College for all of your educational and training needs.

About us

As a college, we focus on providing vocational education and training. This means that we are a specialist centre for skills training and employment – getting you ready for the next steps after college. We work closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership to ensure that what we teach on our curriculum matches the skills needed in Stockport, Greater Manchester and beyond, and makes a positive contribution to both you and the economy.

So, you want to be an apprentice: Apprenticeships are certainly not an easy option, which is why we are looking for hard-working, motivated and ambitious people. Choosing an Apprenticeship is a very rewarding training pathway, and will open up many opportunities for you in the future. It will also give you invaluable work experience that will enable you to build a career within your chosen industry.

Plenty of choice: At Stockport College we offer a wide portfolio of apprenticeships. These include courses in areas such as accountancy, brickwork, business admin, engineering, hairdressing, IT, joinery, motor vehicle maintenance and repair, as well and painting and decorating, and plumbing.

Time well spent: Apprenticeships can take 2-3 years to complete a full framework from Apprenticeship through to Advanced Apprenticeship; some can take up 4 years.

Keeping you busy: Apprenticeships are work-based learning courses. When studying with Stockport College, you'll spend one day per week gaining your vocational qualification at the College. During the rest of the week you'll complete paid work with an employer. This will be between 30 and 40 hours per week of work.

Earn as you learn: Apprentices are paid an apprenticeship rate of £2.73 per hour between the ages of 16-18. Apprentices over 18 are only eligible for this rate for the first year of their Apprenticeship; after this employers pay the appopriate rate for your age. As skills increase, often so does the rate of pay.

There for you: Whilst we don't secure your employment, we have the benefit of having access to a dedicated recruitment team in Reed NCFE. They can support you in finding employment, writing CVs and preparing for your interviews. Although they cannot guarantee they will find you a job, they can give you all the necessary tools to help in your search.

Here at Stockport College we do our best to keep employers informed of any changes to legislation that may/will affect the employment of apprentices.

Facilities available

Stockport College offers a fantastic campus right in the heart of Stockport town centre. The campus is a vibrant location, where a wide range of students studying a variety of specialist, vocational courses come together to learn and enjoy all the experience that Stockport College has to offer.

As one of these students, you would have access to amazing learning spaces, workshops and resources to ensure that you get the most out of your time here at Stockport College. From extensive IT and Library resources, to hair salons, restaurants and sports facilities, the College offers every opportunity to broaden your horizons, mind and lifestyle.

With our new Library+ you have access to textbooks, journals, magazines, newspapers, leisure reading, DVDs and lots of PCs and laptops, as well as many e-resources, all in surroundings developed by feedback from our students. This includes comfortable areas and sofa and tub chairs to help you relax, access to College laptops and specially designated areas to help you focus your working style. There is also a Quiet Area and access to other quiet study spots to ensure you can focus on your work. As well as Library+, we have IT suites and specific resource centres in many curriculum areas, adding up to hundreds of PCs and laptops being available to you, as well as campus-wide mobile Wi-Fi.

For tasty, balanced meals, we have lots to offer at affordable prices. Working with Taylor Shaw, there is a range of very high standard food and drink, which has won the ‘Heartbeat Award’ and ‘Healthy College Award’ for several consecutive years.

  • The Food Court offers breakfasts and lunches, including traditional hot meals, salad boxes, sandwiches, and sweet and healthy snacks.
  • The Street can offer a real variety including Rollover hotdogs and burgers, wraps, pizzas, Wrap It (build your own sandwich) and the Hydration Station, for homemade and fresh juices.
  • Our Starbucks Outlet offers Starbucks coffees, Frappuccinos and teas, as well as cakes, paninis, toasties and sandwiches.

We also have Elevations Restaurant – not only does this A La Carte restaurant offer meals to the public on special occasions, but is also a key facility in training our hospitality and catering students, with meals prepared by senior college students to exceptional standards.

Retreat Hair & Beauty Salons are full commercial salons at half the cost of the high street based right on campus. Staff, students and the public can use the facilities, with access to industry-standard products, highly trained staff and aspiring, talented learners. Hair and beauty students therefore have an exceptional opportunity to gain hands-on, industry-standard experiences, alongside their studies, without ever having to leave the campus.

If you want to pursue your sporting interests then the Stockport College Academy of Sport is the place to be. We develop excellence in academic and competitive sport. You will have opportunity to professionally train and represent the college in a number of sports, including football, basketball, swimming, darts, rugby, hockey, golf, netball, badminton, table tennis, squash, volleyball, trampolining, tennis, cross country and athletics.

You will gain up to 26 hours per week of training and competitions in many of these sports, and there are also many opportunities to compete against other colleges and in National and International events.

On the A6, we are located on most major bus routes, just a few minutes walk from the train station, and accessible to all.

Additional support

We want your time at Stockport College to be both successful and enjoyable. To help with this, we provide a range of services to give advice, support and encouragement.

Our Learning Support team is here to offer support to students throughout their studies. We work with a diverse range of students, in a variety of ways, to help them achieve their potential, developing strategies that promote independent learning.

We can meet to discuss your requirements and we can produce an individual support plan. We offer:

  • Specialist assessment of learning needs
  • Individual Support Plans 
  • Exam access arrangements e.g. reader, extra time
  • In-class support e.g. note taking 
  • Equipment loan e.g. laptop or Dictaphone
  • Support using assistive technology e.g. screen readers, mind mapping software 
  • Study skills advice 
  • Modification and adaptations of materials 
  • Full diagnostic reports for DSA (Disabled Students Allowance) for Higher Education 
  • Drop-in sessions to discuss support issues


Students also have access to the Student Wellbeing Team, who offer a professional and confidential counselling service for students. The College’s Student Wellbeing Practitioners provide individual and group advice and support on a range of issues relating to:

  • Physical and emotional health and wellbeing e.g. tips on managing stress/ healthy diet/exercise/sleep
  • Managing stress and anxiety 
  • Advice about drug and alcohol issues 
  • Bullying e.g. Racial, Homophobic, Sexual Harassment
  • Diversity issues e.g. relating to culture, sexuality etc
  • Managing relationships including tips on assertiveness, managing anger, family issues 
  • Managing the transition from school to college and building self confidence
  • Support during meetings with other services or tutors in College


There are Learner Mentors who can provide one-to-one support regarding all aspects of study and wellbeing through the personal tutorial system.


Support for those requiring child care - If you are joining us and require child care support, you may be eligible for help from the Learner Support Fund. In addition to this Stockport residents can register for a free place at any nursery school or class in the Borough for their child for the year prior to their entry to school.


Children in Care/Care Leavers - If you are in care, a care leaver or you are supporting someone who is, then please contact us for more information on how Stockport College can help you further your education.


Our Careers Guidance team can help you to make the right decisions about the directions you can take following your time with us. Our impartial, Matrix-accredited team can help you in a number of ways:

  • Before you start at Stockport College to decide on the most appropriate course and college.
  • Whilst you are at the College, to decide what you want to do when you finish your course by considering your interests and abilities.
  • Finding our information on your options following your course – whether this be further education, training or work.

This is all supported by access to our fully-stocked careers library, a selection of computerised careers databases and also software packages that can help you decide upon your future career.


As a student at the College you’ll have access to the Student Association – our version of the Student Union. This gives you the same benefits – access to social activities, special interest groups, campaigns on behalf of the student body and help and support with personal and academic matters.


We also have a dedicated Multi-Faith Prayer Room available for prayers and meditation for students and staff of all faiths, and none. It is a welcoming, accessible space for people of all faiths and traditions.

How to apply

You can apply for courses at Stockport College Apprenticeships through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.

Last updated date: 10 November 2015
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