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Information for Young People

At First Rung your individual programme of learning is built to give you the skills you need to get the job you want and our staff are here to give you the best teaching and support to make your ambitions to progress a reality.


We support a diverse range of learners to progress on to college, apprenticeships or jobs each year.


Which course is right for me?

Choosing the right course can be confusing but our friendly team is always available to advise you on the best programme for you.

If you are unsure about any of the courses we offer, give Beverley Woodhouse our Recruitment Coordinator a call and she will talk you through all the options available to you now and the progression options open to you after you have completed your course with us.

You can contact Beverley by calling or texting her on 07805 980 150 or you can email her on if you prefer.


How do I apply?

You don’t have to wait until September to start one of our courses, we offer start dates throughout the year and welcome applications at any time.


There are a number of ways to apply:

Click here to send us a message telling us which course you would like to join and one of our team will get back to you with more information within 2 working days.


Text ‘WEBINFO’ to 07495 464 797 with your name and the course you would like to join and we will text you back.


Or you can give us a call and speak to one of our team at your nearest centre:


Colindale: 020 8201 3111 Ponders End: 020 8803 4764 


Can I afford to learn?

FLEX Study Programme

If you are aged 16 – 18 and have been resident in the EU for the past three years your place on our courses is fully funded.

On FLEX you could be eligible for additional bursary funding to support you with travel, course materials and interview clothing.


Whilst you are training at one of our centres we will treat you to breakfast, make a contribution to your lunch and give you break time snacks to keep you going throughout the day.


When you’re enrolled on our FLEX programme you could be eligible for free or discounted travel on London Transport.


If you are aged 16-17 and live in a London borough we can help you to apply for an Oystercard which you can use to travel free on London buses. If you are 18 you can use your Oystercard get a 30% discount on your bus and underground travel.



As an apprentice you earn while you learn. Your exact wage will depend on your job role and employer but you can be guaranteed to earn at least £145 - £200 per week!



I’d like some additional support. Can First Rung help?

When you start your course with us you will be assigned a dedicated Learner and Progression Advisor (LPA) who will support you throughout your learning journey with us. Your LPA can help support a wide range of additional needs including specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia, support with welfare benefits, counselling, healthcare and childcare (non-apprenticeship programmes only).