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 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 in three different levels: intermediate (level 2), advanced (level 3) and higher levels (level 4, 5 & 6).

You’ll learn in the workplace and at College. 

Apprenticeships incorporate formal qualifications as well as development of soft skills and behaviours needed by industry (like those in our Skills Promise) and practical application. You may also study Maths, English and sometime ICT if you haven’t already achieved these qualifications at school.

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.

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.

Henry Parker, Catering Apprentice

"After completing my Level 2 and 3 apprenticeships at 18 years old, I was offered a full time job chef de partie at The Dial, earning £21k per year."

play Adele Hopcott, Teaching Assistant Apprentice

“My apprenticeship allows me to learn from experienced practitioners to help me better my own practice. I love the reward you get back from the children, from the smallest things like helping them to learn to tie a shoe lace to helping them learn to write.”

play Adam Piper, Joinery Apprentice

“An apprenticeship gives you experience as well as the qualification which is what most companies are after. I would like to work my way up and become the boss one day so I can help apprentices where I am now to learn the trade.”

Moh Akram, Customer Service Apprentice

"I’m so glad I chose the apprenticeship route. I have learned new skills and it has definitely changed my life for the better!"

Poppie Tilley, Hospitality Apprentice

"Working as a conference and events assistant for Hilton makes me feel proud as I admire the brand and the whole company ethos."

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

“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.”

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

Stephen Burke Construction Academy

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