What are apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship is a training programme designed by employers to give eager applicants the skills and qualifications needed by businesses. They are a combination of on-the-job and off-the-job learning programmes. You will be learning and earning, which means you will gain new skills at the same time as earning a salary.

What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship?

With the current fierce competition for jobs there has never been a better time to gain skills that will give you the edge. You’ll receive accredited qualifications without sitting in a class room all week, and you will benefit from on-the-job training, paid holidays and opportunities for progression. In addition, you can avoid the debt associated with going to university.

What’s the wage?

You will start to earn from day one of your Apprenticeship. All apprentices must receive a wage of no less than £3.40 per hour, but many employers choose to pay more. Based on this you will earn a minimum of £400 a month or more. As your skills develop it is usual for your pay to increase accordingly.

How old do I have to be to enrol onto an apprenticeship?

Learners must be aged 16 to 64 years and have left full time education.

What’s the hours?

Most apprentices tend to work at least 30 hours a week but the maximum is 48 hours.

Will I get full time employment at the end?

The National Apprenticeship Service found that after finishing, many apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer. A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job.

How long is it for?

Apprenticeships take a minimum of twelve months to complete.

Do I have to go to college?

The apprenticeship is a work-based qualification, which means that the training and assessment for the apprenticeship will be completed in your place of work. You will need to build an apprenticeship portfolio of evidence. Your regional trainer will observe you in the workplace and guide you on which pieces of work-based evidence are suitable for your portfolio.
Across the length of an apprenticeship you will be visited by a regional trainer every three to five weeks.

What Do I Do When I’ve Finished?

It is up to you what you do when you have finished your apprenticeship. There may be an opportunity to stay on at the same company and progress to the next level of apprenticeship or you may want to look for a new job. Alternatively, you may decide to apply for university.

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