You have arrived here because you are interested in work based training with VTS.

What is work based training?

Put simply, work based training is a learning programme which you undergo whilst you are employed and working at your employer’s premises. You don’t have to attend ‘college’ because we come to visit you regularly to deliver your training and guide you through your qualification. There may be some occasions where you need to come to one of our offices, but this would be made clear to you at the start.

What subjects can I study at VTS?

We have courses available from levels 2 – 5 in Childcare, Adult Social Care, Clinical Healthcare, Supporting Teaching & Learning in Schools, Management, Business Administration & Customer Services. Please take a look at our courses pages for more information.

What types of courses are available?

By far the most popular courses we deliver are APPRENTICESHIPS, but you can also study stand-alone qualifications with us if apprenticeships are not quite right for you. We will look at them both in turn:


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with a related learning & skills development programme lasting between one and two years and tailored specifically to your job and your own learning style. As well as learning all the necessary ‘on the job’ skills, you will have time ‘off the job’ to study for industry related qualifications, plus maths & English and in some cases ICT.

Who can be an apprentice?

There is no age limit! As long as you are employed for more than 16 hours per week, subject to certain criteria, you can be enrolled as an apprentice.

How much will it cost me?

Absolutely nothing! The cost is entirely covered by government funding plus in some cases, a contribution from your employer. Please take a look at our funding pages for more information.

Why should I choose an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship qualification is very highly regarded by employers. Being qualified and skilled will mean you can do your job better and will help you progress up the career ladder if you want to.

Who will be involved in my apprenticeship?

VTS will work with your employer and together, we will ensure that you have all the training & support you need to achieve your apprenticeship. We will visit you regularly at your workplace to set you work and discuss your progress. Your employer will be there to support you in between our visits.

Will I get paid?

Yes! An apprenticeship is a proper job and your employer will have to pay you at least the national minimum wage.

Will I have to work hard?

In short – YES! An apprenticeship is a commitment not to be taken lightly but at the end of it, you will have a real sense of achievement.

How do I enrol on an apprenticeship?

If you are already employed and you would like to know if apprenticeship training is available to you, please get in touch with us to enquire or speak to your employer. If you are not yet employed and are looking for an apprenticeship, we may be able to match you with a suitable employer. Please take a look at our current vacancies here.


In some circumstances, apprenticeships may not be appropriate for certain individuals, and if this is the case, you can still study for a work based qualification related to your job role. There is no maths, English or ICT involved, just the qualification itself. Previously known as NVQ’s, these qualifications are typically diplomas or certificates at levels 2 - 5. Please see our courses pages for information on what is available.

Unfortunately there is no government funding available for stand-alone qualifications. They can be paid for privately or in some cases via a 19+ advanced learning loan. Please take a look at our funding pages for further information.

Please contact us on 01702 353557 or by email to [email protected] for further information.