Why an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an 'earn while you learn' alternative to college that offer the opportunity for you to achieve a nationally recognised qualification whilst gaining experience of a working environment.  The hands on training of an Apprenticeship will help develop many skills you need to carry through your working career.

In order to commence on the programme you must be in employment and we can assist you in finding a placement in a company best suited to your chosen career.  Once in employment you will attend Oldham Training Centre on a release basis where you will work towards your Apprenticeship framework.  The Training Assessors at the centre will also visit you in the company to monitor your progress and make sure you are happy with your course.

What does the Apprenticeship framework include?

The framework consists of at least 3 elements; NVQ, Technical Certificate and Functional Skills which have to be completed as part of the Apprenticeship.

NVQ's are the practical side of learning where you will be 'hands-on' in the workplace building up your skills.  For the Apprenticeship framework you will complete an NVQ level 2 which is equivalent to 5 GCSEs.  The Advanced Apprenticeship then allows you to complete an NVQ level 3, equivalent to an A level.

Technical Certificate's focuses on the knowledge and understanding which underpins the NVQ competences and additional knowledge to facilitate progression to higher levels of working.  Each learner completes an externally marked online test. 

What Apprenticeships do OTC deliver?

Engineering & Manufacturing
Customer Services
Business Administration


New NUS Apprentice Card

      OTC apprentices are now eligible to apply for the NUS Apprentice card which gives them unique access to a wide range of benefits and discounts in a number of shopping, entertainment stores and food outlets including Pizza Hut, McDonalds, Cineworld, Superdrug, Oasis, Coast to name a few.

The NUS Apprentice card has been launched in partnership with Group Training Association in which OTC is a member of along with 26 other providers / colleges across the country.

If you are an Apprentice with OTC you are eligible to apply for the card by logging onto:

For a full list of the benefits and discounts click on the file above, please email Linda Norton at or telephone 0161 624 5360 if you require further information.