What an apprenticeship COULD MEAN TO YOU?

An apprenticeship is a way of linking together working and studying in an area that an individual has an interest in. This mixture not only provides individuals with a qualification but with an opportunity to earn a wage during their studies.  Apprentices also provide employers with skilled employees, which contribute to the company’s success by attracting new staff, filling skills gaps and improving staff retention.  So many employers on the island are actively taking part in our apprenticeship programmes, providing opportunities across many sectors for individuals to start a new career.

What kind of apprenticeship IS available?

Apprenticeships now span most areas of work and are no longer restricted to what most people think of a “traditional apprenticeship”. New apprentice frameworks are being developed and made available all the time.  Apprenticeships are available at many levels and are designed to reflect the needs of a particular economic sector on the island. 

Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced and Higher apprenticeships are available and individuals are placed on the most suitable level for them and their employer.

Apprenticeship frameworks are designed with employers in mind, ensuring that the skills gained whilst on an apprenticeship not only support the employers business but those skills and qualifications will enable the apprentice to access progression from one level to the next, whilst developing their career as appropriate. This means that apprenticeships can be as short as one year to complete, but this is dependent upon the skills requirement of the sector.

What apprenticeships are available at UCM?

Current apprenticeships available include:

  • Agriculture (new)
  • Brickwork
  • Business Administration
  • Carpentry and Joinery
  • Construction Technician
  • Creative Arts/Media (in development)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical Installation
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Hairdressing
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • Horticulture
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Motor Vehicle Engineering
  • Painting & Decorating
  • Plumbing
  • Sports (in development)


There are new apprenticeship frameworks being developed all the time, so please keep an eye on the website for further details, or contact us.

How are apprenticeships funded?

In most cases, the Department of Education, Sport & Culture (DESC) provides funding towards the cost of the qualification. The apprentice has to be registered with DESC, following an approved apprentice framework and under an apprenticeship agreement/contract.  Please contact the Department to confirm that funding is available for you on 01624 682379.

The employer provides on-the-job development through providing employment in a suitable role that compliments the apprenticeship framework and allow the apprentice to attend UCM for their qualification.   In most cases this is on a day release model, however block release and in some instances apprenticeships can be delivered fully in the workplace.

When can an apprentice start their apprenticeship?

Most apprenticeships begin in September, however where there are a high number of employers wanting apprentices for the work place, a rolling programme may be provided and apprentices can start at different points during the year.   There may also be a need for a different start date for certain sectors, for example where the demands of the workplace are high during peak periods and it may be difficult for an employer to release an apprentice.  Please call UCM on 648200 or email [email protected] if you have a specific question on start dates.

How can I find out more information?

If you would like more information on a particular apprenticeship or if you can’t find an apprenticeship you are interested in please call UCM on 648200 or email [email protected]

If you are an employer and would like further information, please contact UCM on 648200.   Or if you would like to be involved in developing a new framework for your industry/employment sector, please contact 648200 or email [email protected]