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If you are looking for an apprenticeship in the city of Preston, you have access to a fantastic range of opportunities. Prospects are good here and in the North West of England generally, and there are a wealth of apprenticeship programmes to choose from.  

Access to quality training & education

If you live in or near Preston, you are lucky to have many great training and education opportunities available to you. The region’s employers work closely with Preston College and the University of Central Lancashire to deliver high quality training and apprenticeships, help school leavers gain work experience and to fill skills gaps in the workforce. These could take the form of part-time short courses, or full time HNCs, HNDs, higher level and degree level apprenticeships.   

Training & education opportunities

Vocational colleges 

Preston College is the leading vocational college in the city, offering courses at every apprenticeship level. The apprenticeship programme covers Health and Social Care, Engineering, Construction, Dental Nursing and Hairdressing, amongst others. The college has close links with the NHS and has a range of facilities and equipment that provide realistic learning experiences.   

Apprenticeship programmes 

The University of Central Lancashire offer degree apprenticeship programmes in a wide range of subjects, with several specialising in the construction industry, such as Building Surveying, Architectural Technology and Quantity Surveying. There are also opportunities in Nursing, Manufacturing, Engineering and Physiotherapy.  

Training courses 

If you live in the Lancashire area you have access to a range of different training courses that can help with your career opportunities. These include free Level 3 courses (equivalent to an advanced apprenticeship) for people that meet the qualification criteria. If you are aged 19 or over, live in Lancashire, do not currently hold a Level 3 qualification or are currently unemployed, you can apply for one of these courses with Preston College.   

Why choose Preston? 

Preston is a city with a huge number of opportunities for apprentices. BAE Systems has its military aircraft headquarters in Warton and two major sites near the city. The Docklands area is a key area of redevelopment for the construction industry, and there are several leading construction companies based in the city. The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a major contributor to the economy of the region, and a dynamic place to study or train. Preston is close to Manchester and Liverpool with their wealth of cultural, social and career opportunities, and to the entertainment mecca of Blackpool.  

Finding an apprenticeship in Preston

There are several ways you can find employers who offer apprenticeships in Preston and the central Lancashire area. You can use websites like Talentview, apply directly to employers, contact Preston College, UCLan, or ask friends or family members if they know of apprenticeships available at companies.   

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