Our Technical Apprenticeships aim to provide participants with the training opportunities and work experience to gain a broad range of technical skills.
Technicians at the University of Bristol are critical in the delivery of cutting edge research and teaching.
These roles are generally based in individual faculties, for example:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Health Sciences
We recruit one cohort of Technical Apprentices per year, and details of vacancies will be available here, and on the national apprenticeships website. Recruitment generally takes place in May, June and July, but if you are thinking about applying to be a Technical Apprentice you can express an interest at any point throughout the year.
If you are interested in employing a Technical Apprentice in your faculty, please contact Allison McRitchie directly on (0117) 33 17281 or at Allison.McRitchie@bristol.ac.uk
Technical Apprentices are employed by departments full time, with around 20% of their time spent in training. Some training will be on the job, and depending upon the specific vacancy, some Technical Apprenticeships may involve a day release element for study elsewhere.
How long does the scheme last?
Technical Apprentices are employed for between 2 and 4 years, depending upon the terms of each vacancy. There is no guaranteed role at the conclusion of the Technical Apprenticeships.
What qualifications can Technical Apprentices achieve?
Foundation Apprentices undertake a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 and Advanced Apprentices undertake an NVQ Level 3. Our 4 year apprenticeships may also include other qualifications such as a Higher National Diploma (HND).
What are the benefits to my School/Faculty?
Apprentices can provide extra help during busy periods and are willing to carry out a wide range of tasks that will ultimately assist them in achieving their qualifications. They do not tend to have pre-conceived ideas on how to carry out tasks and can often bring a fresh approach and renewed energy.
Apprentices can become part of a succession planning strategy. Within the wider University Apprenticeship scheme, several departments have found that at the end of the scheme their apprentice has become integral to their team and has been offered permanent employment, while others have secured positions in other areas of the University.
Experience shows that success is more likely where departments take a real interest in the development and progress of their apprentice.
How much will a Technical Apprentice earn?
The faculty pays the salary cost of the apprentice.
Annual salaries from 1st January 2014 - Apprentice Rates. Please note: these scales are reviewed periodically and are not subject to scale revisions.
- Year 1: Post GCSE (or equivalent) : £9,000
- Year 1: Post A-level (or equivalent) : £10,000
- Year 2: £11,500
- Year 3: £12,250
- Year 4: £13,000
There may be slight changes during any year due to National Insurance or Pension increases.
Who do I contact if I'm interested in employing a Technical Apprentice?
Allison McRitchie, Staff Development Officer
Tel: (0117) 33 17281
Who do I contact if I'm interested in becoming a Technical Apprentice at the University?
All current vacancies for Technical Apprentices at the University can be found and applied for on the National Apprenticeships website. Please contact Allison McRitchie at email@example.com for further information. Be sure to include your contact details and the work area that you are interested in.
Who monitors the progress of Technical Apprentices?
The college or learning provider monitors Technical Apprentices' progress in the workplace, acts the assessor for their qualifications and liaises with departmental supervisors regularly.
Browse or search for apprenticeship vacancies online
Interested in employing a Technical Apprentice in your area?
Contact Allison McRitchie
Call on: (0117) 33 17281