CNWL is one of London’s largest training providers for Apprenticeships

The College of North West London is an approved member of the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. Every year, employers across London choose us to train their apprentices. We have over 1000 apprentices in a range of sectors and provide specialist support that ensures high success rates and employer satisfaction.

We provide training and assessment for apprentices at our Central London site (King's Cross Construction Skills Centre) as well as at our campuses in Brent (Willesden and Wembley).

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About Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a programme that is available to individuals from the age of 16. Apprentices do real jobs for real employers. So you’re paid while you learn. If you are entering work for the first time, you will start earning from day one of your Apprenticeship.

As an apprentice you will build up knowledge and skills, whilst gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time. You will work towards a work-based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and other nationally recognised qualifications. Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that you’ve been trained in the skills they need.


There are 3 types of apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeships – Level 2
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeships – Level 3
  • Higher Apprenticeships – Level 4

Benefits to You

  • Earn a Salary
  • Get Paid Holidays
  • Receive Training
  • Gain Qualifications
  • Learn job-specific skills

Coming to College

You need to attend College, usually for one day per week, to ensure the training you receive on the job meets the requirements of the Apprenticeship framework and your personal development.

How long will it take?

Apprenticeships typically take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of Apprenticeship and the level. There is no set time to complete an Apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size. The length of time taken will depend on the ability of the individual apprentice and the employer’s requirements.


For a Level 2 Apprenticeship you will need English and Maths at GCSE grade D or above.

For a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship you will need a Level 2 qualification (NVQ, Diploma, GCSE, GNVQ) or three years work experience. You may also have to take assessments in English and Maths and/or do a relevant vocational test.

A Level 4 or 5 Higher Apprenticeship requires qualiffications at Level 3 and a high level of knowledge and experience in the relevant professional area. More details can be provided by our Apprenticeship Team.


All employed Apprentices are assigned an Assessor in the College and their role is to support you throughout your training. They will visit you at work to ensure your employer is developing your skills according to the framework set out. At College you will learn about theory and techniques required to achieve your qualification.

Do I Have to Pay?

No. While you are on an Apprenticeship, your employer pays you a salary and supports you whilst you undertake your training.


As an employed Apprentice you are part of the workforce and as such entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW) per hour as agreed for Apprentices.


You will be given at least 20 days of paid holiday per year as well as bank and public holidays, depending on the industry sector.