Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship advice event

If you’ve ever thought about going down the route of an apprenticeship but not quite sure what it involves, why not drop in at the Apprenticeship Advice Evening on Tuesday 19 February? The event, at Chesterfield College on Infirmary Road in Chesterfield, will give you the chance to see what apprenticeship opportunities are available locally, and... Read More

Apprentices enjoy a flying start to their career

Four apprentices are enjoying a flying start to their careers after joining Loughborough-based HBF 5-star housebuilder William Davis Homes’ Skylarks development in Chesterfield. Dominic Heardman, Joshua Ford, Kieran Moulds and Sam Flavell are all busy learning the ropes at Skylarks in Chesterfield, where the award winning developer is building a... Read More

Joining forces to change perceptions of apprenticeships

Local teachers and careers advisors from Derbyshire will be joining Learning Unlimited today (13 February) for an event that sets out to change perceptions of apprenticeships. The free event aims to show that apprenticeships can be a real option for those making career choices after GCSEs and that they are as... Read More

Breakfast event to shape training for future

Regional employers across health, social care and childcare sectors are being invited to join Learning Unlimited's Employer Advisory Board to help shape the next generation of professionals working in those industries. The sector specific employer group will meet for the very first time on Wednesday 27 February at Chesterfield... Read More

Derbyshire apprentices share their experiences

Leading manufacturer, Briggs of Burton, has been awarded Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month for the way it has embraced its apprenticeship programme. The programme has enabled the company, which has offices in both the UK and US, to recruit high calibre apprentices that they can shape with the right... Read More

From social media guru to clock restorer, the options a...

Fancy being a social media guru, IT expert, or clock maker? Did you know you can get into any of these careers through an apprenticeship? It's no secret that apprenticeships offer learners a first step onto the career ladder, but it's not so well known that it now covers a... Read More

Lunchtime discussion to tackle training and apprentices...

Businesses across Chesterfield are invited to join a discussion over lunch about training and apprenticeships. The next meeting of Chesterfield College's Employer Advisory Board will provide the chance to network and have a chat about the training issues that matter most to businesses operating locally whether that be about apprenticeships... Read More

Apprenticeships are the way forward for Bombardier

At a time when the engineering sector faces a growing skills shortage, Bombardier is tackling this head on by growing its own workforce for the future through apprenticeships. The UK’s leading rail engineering and manufacturing company sees apprenticeships as a crucial way of developing the employees it needs – now... Read More

Apprentice Advice Evenings in February

If you've ever thought about going down the route of an apprenticeship but not quite sure what it involves, then we've got two events for you. Learning Unlimited will be holding an Apprenticeship Open Event at its campus on Pride Park in Derby on Tuesday 5 February between 5.30pm and... Read More

Learning Unlimited to host student progression event

Teachers and careers advisors are being given the opportunity to learn more about apprenticeships at a free training event organised by Learning Unlimited. The aim is to show those who provide careers guidance that apprenticeships can be a real option for those making career choices after GCSEs. It will demonstrate... Read More

What a year for Kieren!

2018 has been a good year for former apprentice, Kieren Williams, for he gained his dream job after completing his apprenticeship, achieved high grades in his studies and went on to earn the title of Student of the Year. Kieren's learning journey actually began at the age of just 14... Read More

Rosie’s progress from apprentice to mentor is a w...

When Rosie Allison joined Derwent Rural Counselling Services as an apprentice, little did she imagine that she would be recruiting apprentices herself just a few years later. It’s testament to the fact that the Derbyshire charitable trust has truly embraced its apprenticeship programme since it recruited Rosie five years ago.... Read More

Apprenticeship leads to more opportunities for Chloe

It's been a year of success for health and beauty apprentice Chloe Hall. It’s been quite a year for health and beauty apprentice, Chloe Hall.... Read More

‘The sky’s the limit for apprentices,’ says Employer of...

Derbyshire-based The Martin Group has gained Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month award for its dedication to its ongoing apprenticeship programme.  Read More

Brand new Apprenticeship Hub opens

Learning Unlimited's brand new Apprenticeship Hub in the heart of Chesterfield College is now open. Learning Unlimited's brand new Apprenticeship Hub is now open. The information hub - in the... Read More

Awards celebrate commitment to apprenticeships

Apprentices and employers from... Read More

Finalists get set for their big night

Finalists have been announced and the countdown has begun as apprentices and employers gear up for Learning Unlimited’s National Apprentice Awards, which are now just days away. The winning names will be unveiled on Thursday (22 December) during the ceremony at Pond’s Forge in Sheffield, which is being compered by TV personality and journalist, Helen... Read More

How a trainer initiative could beat the engineering ski...

It’s no big secret that there’s been an ever growing skills gap in the engineering sector for some years. Today employers are finding it even more difficult to recruit and an ageing workforce is beginning to create an extra challenge for them. But the introduction of a new training package... Read More

Join us at the National Apprenticeship Awards

Will you be joining us for the National Apprenticeship Awards on 22 November? The evening of glitz and glamour at Pond’s Forge in Sheffield sets out to celebrate national apprenticeships and recognise the hard work, dedication and commitment made by organisations over the past year. The shortlist has been completed... Read More

Higher apprenticeship leads to promotion for James

After leaving school at 18, James Bateman, never dreamed he'd see the day when he would be graduating. But now he's not only graduated with a diploma in leadership and management, but has seen his career go from strength to strength due to his studies. He joined the police force straight after school and... Read More

Danielle’s new qualification has helped her progress in...

After completing her own apprenticeship, it's only fitting that Danielle Jones is now helping others follow their dream career. Danielle Jones at her graduation ceremony The 22-year-old graduated from a Level 4... Read More

Event to offer advice for apprentices

Ever wondered what an apprenticeship... Read More

Corey scoops accolade in Food and Drinks Awards

Many congratulations to cookery apprentice, Corey Elliott, who won the title of Apprentice of the Year in the Chesterfield Food and Drinks Awards last night! Corey was among a list of esteemed apprentices, employees and employers who received special recognition at the... Read More

Graduation ceremony celebrates success of higher appren...

Higher apprentices celebrated their achievements during a special graduation ceremony in Chesterfield, watched on by family and friends. The event saw learners receive their university level qualifications gained with Learning Unlimited, part of... Read More

Event to raise awareness of engineering opportunities

Learning Unlimited will be joining a prestigious list of internationally known organisations exhibiting at The Apprentice Engineer Show on Wednesday (31 October) at the Roundhouse in Derby. The Derby team will be joining the line-up that include the likes of Rolls-Royce, Jaguar Land Rover, JCB, Toyota, Network Rail, and The... Read More

Cookery apprentice gets a taste for success

  Cookery apprentice, Corey Elliott, is getting a taste for success now he’s made it through to the finals for the Apprentice of the Year title in the Chesterfield Food and Drinks Awards. The 18-year-old, who works at The Lilypad Café and Restaurant... Read More

Countdown to National Apprenticeship Awards

The countdown has begun for the 2018 Learning Unlimited National Apprenticeship Awards, which is being held at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge next month. Apprentices and employers from across the country will join together for the celebration that will recognise hard work, dedication and commitment by individuals and companies. Winners will be... Read More

Event to open up opportunities for apprentices

A free advice evening at Chesterfield College on Wednesday 24 October aims to dispel the myths around apprenticeships and unveil the hundreds of local opportunities out there. Learning Unlimited’s team will be on hand at the college on Infirmary Road for the Apprentice Advice Evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm to... Read More

Woodhead Group Scoop Employer of the Month

Nottinghamshire construction and development company, Woodhead Group, has scooped Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month award for its commitment to supporting young talent. The family-owned company that operates across the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, earned the title after demonstrating consistent dedication to developing its workforce through apprenticeships. That strong commitment... Read More

How to take your staff to the next level: Leadership an...

Leah Shortt, Operations Manager at Learning Unlimited highlights and provides advice on how leadership and management apprenticeships could take your organisation to the next level, by developing staff and taking them to Chartered Management status. Developing the right calibre of managers to... Read More

Commitment to apprenticeships earns Alphaweld the title...

Fabrication and welding specialist, Alphaweld has shown a long standing commitment to developing the next generation through apprenticeships. This has earned them the title of Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month for August. The company, based in rural Derbyshire, have a 30 year history of developing people with the right... Read More

Read Roper and Read Solicitors embrace apprenticeships

Read Roper and Read, a law firm in Manchester, has recently been awarded Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month for the way that they have embraced apprenticeships and offer fantastic progression opportunities as well as for their approach to rewarding apprentices. The company took... Read More

Apprentice vacancies at Chesterfield development

Four aspiring tradespeople could soon commence their construction careers as triple HBF 5 star housebuilder, William Davis Homes announces vacancies at its Skylarks development in Chesterfield. Young people aged 16 and over from Chesterfield and the neighbouring area are encouraged to apply for the trade apprenticeships currently available with William... Read More

David Nieper Academy named as Employer of the Month for...

The David Nieper Academy, in Alfreton, Derbyshire, has embraced apprenticeships to develop their school team. This approach has earned them the title of Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month for June. The school works in partnership with Learning Unlimited to highlight apprenticeship opportunities to students and also has five teaching... Read More

The talent pool just got bigger. Have you considered ho...

It is that time of year when thousands of school and university leavers are breathing a sigh of relief now their exams are over and their final coursework is complete, but they barely get time to enjoy their new found freedom before considering what’s next. As an employer, this... Read More

Bramble Lodge’s commitment to training and developing s...

Bramble Lodge Residential Care Home, near Ilkeston in Derbyshire, has been named as our Employer of the Month for May.  Their commitment to training and developing staff  and the way they work in partnership with Learning Unlimited is exemplary and has benefited the business, the staff and the residents... Read More

The Levy: Love it or loathe it, you can navigate it.

It’s been a year since the Government introduced the Apprenticeship Levy in a bid to tackle skills shortages and boost apprenticeship numbers.  Leah Shortt, Operations Manager from Learning Unlimited takes a look at how the apprenticeship landscape has changed since its introduction and shares how employers can make the most... Read More

Sherwood Electronics named Employer of the Month for Ap...

Sherwood Electronics Ltd, leading supplier and manufacturer of standard and bespoke cable assemblies, based in Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire has been named as our Employer of the Month for April. The company has a track record of embracing apprenticeships and developing staff to fit strategically with the growth of the company.... Read More

Wilson Howe named as Learning Unlimited Employer of the...

Wilson Howe Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors are a small business with big plans and their apprentices are an integral part of their growth strategy. They see apprentices as an investment for the future and they are really looking after that investment. It is the way they nurture their... Read More

The truth about apprenticeships

Thinking of studying an apprenticeship? Don’t let the myths put you off. Before you make that all important decision about your next steps, we’ve put together some of the misconceptions surrounding apprenticeships to put the record straight. An apprenticeship isn’t a real job An apprenticeship is on the job training... Read More

Ashgate Hospicecare named as Employer of the Month

Ashgate Hospicecare has been named as Learning Unlimited’s Employer of the Month. The organisation, based in Chesterfield, was recognised for demonstrating a huge commitment to developing apprentices and giving them the skills for a successful future career. Working with Learning Unlimited, the organisation ensures that apprentices have a meaningful and... Read More

Higher Apprentices celebrate their graduation

Higher Apprentices celebrated achieving university level qualifications when they attended Chesterfield College group graduation ceremony at Casa Hotel in Chesterfield last week.   Family and friends joined the graduates at the celebration along with representatives from awarding body universities including Staffordshire University, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Derby. Read More

Celebrating award-winning engineering talent with Tarma...

Major local employer Tarmac is marking its long-standing partnership with the Chesterfield College Group by celebrating more award-winning talent at the company, through the success of 20-year-old Apprentice Molly Bardwell, who has just been chosen as the College’s ‘Student of the Year’. Molly’s ‘determination to succeed in her academic and... Read More

Working with…Smith of Derby

We speak with Tony Charlesworth, Sales Manager at Smith of Derby, a clockmakers based in Derby. Smith are utilising apprenticeships to give the next generation of clockmakers the skills to drive the business forward for years to come.   Read More

Rayburn Tours think apprentices are the perfect fit

Derby based Rayburn Tours provide superb value Educational Trips, School Ski Trips, Sports and Concert Tours, abroad and in the UK for Schools, Youth & Music Groups. With apprentices embedded firmly in their day to day productivity we decided to... Read More

Exciting opportunity for budding chefs to work across t...

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s estate, which includes the famous local attraction of Chatsworth, is offering seven fantastic apprenticeships, to young people with a passion for food and a desire to train as chefs. The successful apprentices will get the opportunity to work across the Devonshire Group’s  three acclaimed... Read More

Learning Unlimited seeks training providers for nationa...

Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College Group, is currently seeking training providers to join a preferred supplier list for the delivery of apprenticeship training where it cannot be delivered in-house. Read More

Apprenticeship Service launched for levy paying employe...

In preparation for the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April this year, we are encouraging all of our levy-paying employers to register for the online Apprenticeship Service. This is a useful tool that will enable you to manage the finances of your apprenticeship programme under the new... Read More

Kingswood offer traineeships and apprenticeships for un...

Outdoor learning specialist, Kingswood, is working with Learning Unlimited to offer up to 100 unemployed people a short course designed to give them the skills they need to start an apprenticeship in outdoor education.  The recruits, who should be passionate about the great outdoors, will get essential work experience... Read More

More Derby office open evening dates announced!

Our Derby office have been really busy at the last two open evenings so we've decided to put some more on for anyone looking to find out more about becoming an apprentice or taking an apprentice on. Tuesday 21st March 2017 5.30pm – 8.00pm Tuesday 9th May 2017 5.30pm –... Read More

Working with..Fieldings Porter Solicitors

Our Manchester team have been working closely with Bolton based Fieldings Porter Solicitors to provide a number of business admin apprentices to support the business. Here's what Peter, one of the firm's partners has to say about the whole experience.   Read More

Derby office to hold Open Evening on the 10th January

Our Derby office is holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 10th January, 5.30-8pm (directions here) Guests are welcome to drop in at any stage of the evening but informative presentations on apprenticeships are to be held at 6pm and 7pm. In addition to finding... Read More

Apprentices bring WorldSkills UK medals back to Derbysh...

Talented automotive repair and refinishing apprentices and an engineering apprentice studying with Learning Unlimited, part of the Chesterfield College group, have brought two gold and one silver medal back to Derbyshire after competing in Worldskills UK during the Skills Show at Birmingham’s NEC last week. After qualifying in regional heats,... Read More

Engineering apprentice all set for WorldSkills UK compe...

Sam Sibert, CNC machinist and higher level apprentice at BG Engineering in Chesterfield, is one of four finalists selected from across the country to compete against the best of the best students and apprentices from across the UK in the high profile WorldSkills UK competition taking place in Birmingham... Read More

A night of winners at the Chesterfield Food and Drink A...

What a night at the Chesterfield Food and Drink Awards last week! Not only was it a very inspiring evening full of impressive businesses setting a very high standard in catering and hospitality but we had not 1, not 2, but... Read More

Take advantage of fully funded training before April 20...

The Employer Engagement Team at Learning Unlimited are urging employers to take a look at their skill gaps to identify how they might be able to take advantage of the free training for staff before the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy next April. Apprenticeships will no longer be fully funded by... Read More

Chief Constable welcomes 11 new apprentices to Derbyshi...

Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, Mick Creedon welcomed 11 new apprentices to the organisation this week. The talented 16-19 year olds will be kick-starting their careers by carrying out business and administration roles in a range of departments supporting the work of the police force from crime support to human... Read More

Open Evening at our Derby centre, Tues 01 Nov, 5.30-8pm

Come and speak to our advisors at the Learning Unlimited centre in Derby, located on Pride Park. We have 100s of apprenticeship vacancies across Derbyshire. Take a tour of our state-of-the-art training facility Get free careers advice Find out how you... Read More

Apprentice shortlisted as trainee of the year in presti...

Talented apprentice, Greg Kasowicz is celebrating after being told he has been shortlisted as trainee of the year in the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards. Bosses at Derbyshire based Gowercroft Joinery nominated him after the work he did led to massive business benefits for them. Greg’s role in revolutionising... Read More

Megan’s commitment to a career in childcare makes her a...

Megan Cameron battled against the school bullies and difficult personal circumstances to make sure she got the training and skills she needed for her dream job in childcare. Her hard work and determination meant she was awarded as Apprentice of the Year at Chesterfield College’s annual Celebration of Achievement. Megan’s... Read More

The hunt is on to find 13 apprentices to join Derbyshir...

The hunt is on to find 13 apprentices to join Derbyshire Constabulary in administration and IT roles across different departments of the Force. Working with Learning Unlimited, Derbyshire Constabulary are searching for candidates who want to kick-start their career with the organisation. The apprenticeship positions are based across many departments of the... Read More

Preparing for the Apprenticeship Levy

We’ve recently forged a new partnership with Employee Management Limited which provides HR, Employment Law and H&S support to businesses in the North West. They also work with clients across the UK and beyond, ranging in size from owner-managed businesses to national, multi-site organisations. EML have written a great blog... Read More

Chloe is cooking up a promising career with an apprenti...

Chloe Perrin is 16 years old and is just 9 months into a 14 month food production and cooking apprenticeship at the prestigious Peak Edge Hotel at Stonedge in Derbyshire. She has already made a big impact and is planning a bright future based on what she has learnt... Read More

Apprenticeships are vital to success for precision engi...

For one Derbyshire company, apprenticeships are nothing new but they claim they are vital to their success in the precision engineering market. It’s not surprising then that Slack and Parr have invested heavily in apprenticeships for the last 50 years and plan to carry on. They take on up to... Read More

Apprenticeships celebrated for helping to deliver quali...

In a special celebration at Learning Unlimited, 64 apprentices working with Heathcotes Care were recognised for their hard work and commitment to training and successfully completing their apprenticeships. The event marked the achievements of learners at all levels including the first higher level health and social care apprentices who... Read More