Becoming an Apprentice

If you are currently employed and your employer has agreed that you can complete an Apprenticeship or you have an employer lined up ready for your Apprenticeship, then please contact us to discuss your options. If you are currently unemployed or have recently left school and would like to become an Apprentice use the link Search for Training to and select Mercia Partnership as the Learning Provider to find what Apprenticeships we currently have available.

What are the basics of an Apprenticeship? As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply. The National Minimum Wage for an Apprentice is £3.30 per hour from 1st October 2015. To find out more about the basics, click here

There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job. Key benefits of being an apprentice include;

  • earning a salary
  • getting paid holidays
  • receiving training
  • gaining qualifications
  • learning job-specific skills

To find out more about the benefits of being an apprentice, please click here

To find out more about apprenticeships for an individual, and take a look at an IT case study, click here

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Apprenticeships available with Mercia

  • IT (User and Technician)
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Customer Service
  • Business Administration

Learning with Mercia
Mercia Partnership seeks to provide your learning in a way that suits you. We work in a variety of ways using face to face methods as well as using technology where appropriate. If you have any individual requirements then do let us know and we will work with you to ensure you have the best possible access to learning.

All Apprenticeships must include the following elements:
A competencies qualification which must be achieved by the apprentice to qualify for an Apprenticeship certificate, and which is the qualification required to demonstrate competence in performing the skill, trade or occupation to which the framework relates.

A technical knowledge qualification which is the qualification required to demonstrate achievement of the technical skills, knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts and knowledge and understanding of the industry and its market relevant to the skill, trade or occupation to which the framework relates.

A module on employee rights and responsibilities. An induction book has been developed to ensure that you know about your Employment Responsibilities and Rights (ERR) that form part of the Apprenticeship programme.

A module on personal learning and thinking skills. PLTS are generic skills that are essential to life, learning and work. PLTS have a significant impact on a person’s ability to make a confident contribution, both within and outside of their working environment.

Functional Skills (e.g. Maths, English and ICT) qualifications.

Some of our courses are also available standalone which means that you will only gain the (N)VQ element. You may still be required to do Functional Skills.

If you would like to find an Apprenticeship with Mercia Partnership, please complete the following steps:

Step 1: Visit in your web browser

Step 2: Click the ‘Search for Vacancies‘ button on the home page. You will need to register in order to search and apply for an Apprenticeship. Under where it says ‘New User’ Click the highlighted ‘Register Now‘ link.

Step 3: Once registered and logged in, re-visit the ‘Search for Vacancies‘ page.

Step 4: Where you see ‘Occupation Type/Job Role or by Learning Provider‘ select Learning Provider

Step 5: Enter Mercia Partnership into the Learning Provider field and click search.

To contact Mercia regarding Apprenticeship vacancies, please call 0151 289 0918 or email

Mercia are looking for people who are motivated, punctual, well-presented and organised. You do not need previous experience to be an apprentice, just be committed to the role and show a willingness to learn.

Please contact us for further information. Already an Apprentice with Mercia? Why not apply for the NUS Apprentice Extra Discount Card? Visit

Job Centre Plus have entered into a national agreement with rail companies to offer subsidised travel to claimants looking for work, and more importantly for the first three months once starting work.  The Jobcentre Plus Travel Discount Card offers holders 50% reduction in the cost of rail travel throughout England. Apprentices would qualify for this travel subsidy across England for up to 3 months. These cards will be issued up front by the Jobcentre, meaning an apprentice would start on day 1 with a travel discount card in place. For further information, please visit or contact your local job centre.

Guidance from the National Apprenticeship Service on applying for vacancies can be downloaded below:



Last updated: September 2, 2015 at 13:20 pm