An Apprenticeship is a fantastic way to start your career. And there couldn’t be a more supportive place than BSDC to get started.

Whether you’re a school leaver just starting out or an adult looking for new skills and a change of career, there’s an Apprenticeship for you.


Get job skills and qualifications

We work with hundreds of employers to provide Apprenticeship and Adult Apprenticeship opportunities. It’s a great way to earn while you learn, both on the job and here at the College.

It usually takes 1-4 years, depending on the level, the industry and how fast you learn. They’re open to anyone over 16 and available at three levels: intermediate (level 2), advanced (level 3) and even some now at higher level (level 4).

You’ll learn in the workplace alongside studying for a qualification at College, usually one day a week. You may also learn skills in Maths, English and ICT, depending on the industry.


What will an Apprenticeship give you?

  • A firm commitment from an employer to employ and support you
  • A nationally recognised qualification including an NVQ
  • The knowledge and experience to take the first steps on the ladder to a successful career
  • High-quality skills that are recognised across industry
  • Enhanced technical skills through work-related training
  • Improved business awareness

For more information on Apprenticeships, please call our Learner Services Team on 01283 494400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ben Thomas, Construction apprentice for Hardwick Construction, Third place in the regional heats of the Guild of Bricklayers competition

“An apprenticeship allows me to learn on the job, transferring the skills I learn at college into the workplace and vice versa. I want to become a working foreman or set up my own business in the future.”

Shannon Booth, Nursery Apprentice

I really enjoy being a role model to the children and their future development depends on how well you do your job. I plan to progress to a Foundation Degree and a BA Hons to develop my experience and qualifications in childcare further.”

Jodie Marsh, Advanced Apprentice in Customer Service, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

My personal aim is to study to degree level and gain a management position within the NHS. The apprenticeship route has set me up well on my way to achieving this goal!”


Jack Markham, Level 2 and 3 Construction Apprentice for Hardwick Construction, Construction business owner

“During my apprenticeship, I won the regional heats of the SkillBuild competition, which was a great achievement. I have also been awarded a scholarship by CITB to go on to the next level.”

Melissa Mason, Business Administration Apprenticeship, Advanced Apprenticeship in Customer Services

After completing her Apprenticeship, Melissa went on to secure a Full Time Lettings Negotiator job in SureLet’s Derby office, before being promoted to Branch Manager.

Matt Buxton, Hospitality, Food and Beverage Apprenticeship

"Hospitality is a good industry to go into as your skills can take you anywhere in the country, or even across the world! I have enjoyed my Apprenticeship at the Hilton at St. George’s Park - you learn while you’re working; it broadens your knowledge and gives you practical skills."

Nick Higson, Catering & Hospitality

"Baking cakes for politicians and celebrities has been an amazing experience. I would never have imagined I could have achieved any of this a few years ago, if you’ve got passion and enthusiasm, you can achieve anything!"

Dan Orton, Customer Service Apprenticeship

“The Apprenticeship has had a huge impact on me; I have gained in confidence, learning skills on the job and showing my managers what I can achieve. After undertaking an Advanced Apprenticeship, I plan to go to university to study a degree in marketing alongside my work."

Rini Harron , Adult Apprenticeship in Professional Cookery

“At first, I wondered if I could do it, but the support I have been given from The Winery and Burton and South Derbyshire College has pushed me to do well. I think if you want to do something, it shouldn’t matter how old you are; everyone should follow their passion!”

Molly Webb , Advanced Apprenticeship in Hairdressing

“I’m very excited to have opened my own salon. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, so I just decided to go for it!  Studying an Apprenticeship set me up to succeed in the hair and beauty industry as it allowed me to watch and learn from experienced stylists." 

Emily Bramley, Level 3 Business Administration Apprentice

I have really enjoyed my Apprenticeship at St George's Park and I have been successful in getting a permanent position as FA Learning Co-ordinator. I will continue gaining more qualifications in the future and may go on to study a Foundation Degree at College alongside work.

Liam Ellison, Plumbing Apprentice

Third place in the SkillPLUMB competition and member of Squad UK for WorldSkills!

"It’s great to be part of WorldSkills Squad UK. You get to work on complex tasks that help you get new skills, and show you have the ability to work quickly and precisely. It feels good to know that you’re skilled at what you do. I eventually want to own my own plumbing business or get into teaching."

James Aucote, Carpentry Apprentice

First place in the SkillBuild regional finals!

"I put a lot of hard work in to prepare for the competition, so coming first has given me a real sense of achievement. I will now continue working hard to prepare for the national finals in November."

Contact Details

Contact Details

Burton and South Derbyshire College
Tel: 01283 494400

Town Centre Campus

Burton Town Centre Campus, Lichfield Street, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire DE14 3RL

Construction Academy

Construction Academy, 21 Tetron Point, William Nadin Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 OBB