Junior Apprenticeships are a unique new way to learn and start training for a future career. During Year 10 and 11 young people on a Junior Apprenticeship programme come to college, instead of school, five days a week during term-time.
On a Junior Apprenticeship you can develop knowledge, skills and gain industry qualifications for your chosen future career.
Alongside this you will study English, Maths and Science and continue to sit GCSE exams in these subjects which are important for any future career.
These unique programmes, offer a route for young people to start training towards a future career. Our aim is to make you employable and ready to progress onto your next step – a higher level course or apprenticeship in your chosen career at the age of 16.
We work with over 25 schools across Cardiff and the Vale and provide a range of innovative, stimulating Learning Pathways.
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About our Junior Apprenticeship programme
On a Junior Apprenticeship you will...
- Have the opportunity to start training for a career at the age of 14 or 15
- Have the same terms and holidays as your school
- Study at college during term time five days per week, 9.30am - 3.00pm
- Receive learning support from our Learning Coaches and continue to receive free transport and school meals if eligible
- Focus on subjects you really enjoy and would like a future career in
- Study for industry recognised qualifications
- Step out of the school environment and into CAVC’s City Centre Campus - a college where you can learn in industry standard facilities and with industry qualified tutors
- Have the opportunity to gain a Level 1 or 2 qualification relevant to that career, plus GCSEs in English, Maths and Science
- Gain a guaranteed place at CAVC on a higher level course or apprenticeship in that area when you successfully complete Year 11
- Prepare for employment and a career in the area you choose
What do we look for?
Year 10 and Year 11 who…
- Want to start training for a future career
- Are motivated to come to college, work hard and learn about this subject
You do not need prior qualifications.
How can I apply?
To apply you must speak to your Head of Year in school or lead person where you are currently registered to learn. The College is unable to take direct applications for Junior Apprenticeships.
All applicants must be referred through school or where you are currently registered to learn.
Year 10 Two Year Programmes:
Catering and Hospitality
Hairdressing and Beauty
Year 11 One Year Programmes:
“It has helped with my anxiety, as well as helping me come out of myself a lot more and interact with other students. The highlight of my course was a personal achievement by achieving my own set targets. I am hoping to stay on a post-16 automotive course and finally become a fully qualified mechanic."
"I much preferred doing the Junior Apprentice programme. I just didn’t like school. It was a better learning environment for me and I really enjoyed doing more hands on stuff. The JA course got me to where I am now, which is studying Aircraft Maintenance at ICAT."
"I think it has given me better opportunities because I have focused on something I really like doing, which is hair and beauty. It has given me a head start on my career compared to other people my age."
"I believe that the JA programme has helped build my social skills and confidence. The highlight of my course has been achieving personal goals. I have yet to decide on a post-16 course but it will either be Level 3 catering or an apprenticeship."