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Welcome to Oldham College Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are the modern way for can do people to earn while they learn. Combining elements of education, training and employment, an apprenticeship is designed to set you up for a satisfying career.

During your apprenticeship, you will gain a wide range of invaluable work experience, gain a new qualification and receive helpful guidance in college and in the work place. Apprentices tend to earn £100,000 more in a lifetime than other employees so it really is a great choice!

About us

Oldham College was established in 1893 after a donation from the Platt family, who were a famous textile machinery manufacturers. This led to the institution of the school of art and science in the town centre. 

Today, the College offers an extensive range of qualifications in a variety of areas including digital and creative, performing arts and media, financial and professional services, sport, travel and public services, construction and the built environment, caring professions plus retail and commercial. 

Vocational education is more important than ever with businesses wanting to take on new staff with the right skills and knowledge to work in their sector. We work closely with employers to ensure we are providing courses and developing students in sectors that are relevant, growing and have lots of opportunities. These employers contribute to the development of our curriculum and help in other ways such as providing work experience, master classes, workshops and much more. 
In the last 2 years we have invested £22m in our campus and are delighted to have three new buildings with state-of-the-art facilities that students can use and enjoy. Each year we welcome around 10,000 students studying over 500 full time and part time courses plus apprenticeships. We have big plans for the future and want you to be a part of this!

Facilities available

We have great facilities across the campus to support your learning with three Learning Centres offering resources online and in print to enhance your educational experience. 

There are about 200 computers and laptops on site, plus excellent e-resources to support your learning. Our learning centres and library staff are on hand to help guide you to the right resource including: 

  • Well-equipped study space
  • Mobile friendly resources which can be accessed anywhere
  • Free Wi-Fi across the campus
  • Book computers in advance online
  • Supported access to Moodle, our virtual learning environment, giving individuals access to their course materials and much more
  • Early morning, daytime and evening opening times - we are open whenever the college is open
  • A library of 15,000 books, plus remote services such as a collection of 3,000 electronic books and subject specific electronic resources
  • Self-issue access to laptops and tablet PCs
  • Study skills support
  • A friendly and supportive working environment for students and staff

Learning Environments

We offer a wide range of facilities giving you the opportunity to study in the most realistic environments possible reflecting those found in professional workplaces. We continuously invest in our facilities to ensure they remain at the cutting edge. 

At Oldham College there are three Learning Resource Centres (LRCs) which are open to all students:

  • JT Hilton Centre
  • Bellis (E214)
  • G building upper floor

We aim to provide resources, support and a learning environment which enables you to maximise your achievements.

Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

All students have the opportunity to utilise our web-based learning resources (VLE) to support study with interactive and visual learning activities. Your progress is easily accessible through our online web system.

Stand out from the crowd…. Alongside your Programme of Study there are enrichment activities at college that you can be part of. These extra activities provide you with the opportunity to ‘stand out’ from the crowd. In addition to the completion of your Programme of Study, employers and universities will look favourably on individuals that make good use of their spare time and learn new skills.

These activities are co-ordinated from the Student Social Space, known as the Green Room. We offer lots of opportunity for informal and social learning including the group tutorials which all students are entitled to. To complement the tutorials we have guest speakers, events and direct links to external practitioners for sign posting. External services are also accessible onsite from our Well-being Centre.

Additional support

At Oldham College, we firmly believe that every student matters and all our students are entitled to a high quality experience whilst at College. Our Additional Learning Support team (ALS) is dedicated to providing the support necessary to enable our students to realise their learning ambitions. 

The team has a range of professional staff who are trained and experienced in supporting people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, as well as working with other professionals to provide the most effective support.

What support can we offer?

Following an assessment of your learning needs and requirements, the ALS team will provide an individual plan to support you. This individual plan will be reviewed each term by the ALS team, your course tutor and any other professionals working with you. The types of support this team can provide include:

  • Support in class
  • Specialist 1:1 additional support sessions
  • Small group workshops
  • Adaptation/modification of learning materials into an accessible format such as Braille or Large print
  • British sign language (BSL) communication support workers
  • Sighted guiding
  • Loan of laptops, dictaphones, magnifiers and other assistive technology
  • Mobility support
  • Exam access arrangements

Assistive Technology

The team also has a range of Assistive Technology that is available for students to use in class and on longer term loans including:

  • Laptops
  • Notebooks
  • Dictaphones
  • CCTV portable magnifiers
  • Intel readers
  • Large print key boards
  • Talking calculators
  • Study skill software package
  • Audio reading and screen reading software
  • Screen magnification software
  • Specialist software for VI and Dyslexic learners
  • iPads and android tablets

There is no need to wait to contact the team until you have started a course at the college. You can contact them as soon as you have made an application which means they can start to work with your current support providers to make the transfer to college as easy as possible. 

If you would like any further information or have any queries please call 0161 785 4271.

Learner success

Hannah’s school advised her to study for AS Levels as they thought it would provide her with more career choices. However Hannah didn’t enjoy being stuck in the classroom so after finishing these she left sixth form to pursue hairdressing which she’d always wanted to do. Unfortunately she didn’t enjoy her first salon experience so returned to sixth form to complete her studies. Once she finished her ‘A’ levels she found Oldham College very helpful in enabling her to complete her hairdressing apprentice training at Salon 7, the College’s own hair and beauty salon in Oldham town centre. Afterwards, when she discovered that her hairdresser, Katie Leak was setting up her own business she approached her about an apprenticeship. Hannah is now on her Hairdressing NVQ Level 3 which is going really well. 

Hannah said: “The tutors at College are very inspiring and really helped to broaden my horizons in terms of the types of careers that are out there. I’d thought hairdressing meant only working in a salon but my tutors at College shared their experiences of working at various events and even on film sets which I hadn’t realised was possible. Katie has also helped me to develop this interest by involving me in events such as fashion photo-shoots.” These experiences inspired Hannah to expand her skills so in September she is going to university for a degree in ‘Media Makeup with Special Effects’. 

Hannah said: “I know I’ve gone a bit of a long way round with my career but my advice for apprentices is to keep going and follow your dream. Sometimes it can be hard going especially when you’re not paid very much but it’s all worth it in the end. What’s really helped me is the College and Katie who have both encouraged me to pursue my ambitions. Although my passion is still hair I’m keen to also learn more about Make Up too. That way I can pursue my dream of a career where I’m working in hair and beauty for events, fashion shows and photo shoots.”

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 October 2015

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