Apprenticeship FAQ

What is an apprenticeship?

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 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.

All apprenticeships are employed and have a contract of employment. Wage rates are at the discretion of your employer with a minimum of £2.68 an hour for those aged under 19 and those who are 19 and over within the first year of their apprenticeship. From then on you will earn at least the national minimum wage. Ideally a wage should reflect job complexity and experience.

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).

Your apprenticeship will be funded by your employer who might be eligible for funding from the government. For those aged 16-18 your employer can receive up to 100% of funding. For those aged 19-23 your employer can receive up to 50% of the funding for the course. Finally for those aged 24+ your employer will have to fund the course themselves or loans are available.

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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