An apprenticeship is a work based training programme which helps individuals develop both theoretical and practical skills. This enables you to become more capable and efficient in your job. You earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification-all without getting into debt!
Apprenticeships are a great route into a career- especially if you have just finished full time education, recently left school or need valuable work experience. Apprenticeships aren’t just for young individuals and can all be undertaken by an existing workforce.
The New Apprenticeship Levy means your employer is more ion control than ever before so it might be a good place to start to go and speak with your employer as this is also a way to progress your skills and learning within your own employer too.
The length of time to complete varies and is affected by the qualification you want, the industry sector that you are working within and your current level of skills. An apprenticeship is completed within 1-4 years, with an average completion of 12-18 months.
Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
aged under 19
aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship
Example An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.50
Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:
are aged 19 or over
have completed the first year of their apprenticeship
Example An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £7.05
You must be aged 16 or higher
You must have residence within England and not be in full time education
You must have 5 A*-C GCSE’s including English and Maths. If you haven’t attained the required GCSE’s grades in Maths and English then you will be required to take a maths and literacy test.
There are currently three levels of apprenticeships on offer within a variety of industry sectors. These are: intermediate apprenticeship (level 2), advanced apprenticeship (level 3), higher apprenticeship (level 4 and above), Degree Apprenticeships
Yes, if you would like to attend university or take a college course upon completing your apprenticeship then you can.
Statistics show that upon completion of an apprenticeship 85% of apprentices will stay in employment and 64% of apprentices staying with the same employer. However it will be at your employer’s discretion whether you are to be given a full time position at your company’s residence at the end of your course.
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