All about Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a valuable form of education. They allow people to study and train in the workplace so, whilst studying, you will be earning a national minimum apprentice wage. It will be a period of training that allows you to learn a particular skill while studying for a formal qualification. Itwill help move your career forwards, by gaining professional experience, status and accreditation.

Apprenticeships are structured training programmes that give you chance to work in a formal work environment. You are a paid employee of the company that trains you.  You will work alongside a training advisor who will ensure you are comfortable with your learning/working environment, and a tutor who will support you during the week. This could be in the workplace, off-site or via e-learning.

Every apprenticeship role is different, and every working day will vary, depending on your job. It will be challenging and stimulating, helping you to acquire new skills, knowledge and judgement.

Advantages to an Apprenticeship are:

  • A real job that produces a real wage.
  • Enjoying the same benefits as a normal employee.
  • Gaining a recognised qualification.
  • Developing your education and career at the same time.
  • Building up the skills that employers really want and need.
  • A chance to understand whether the job/role is right for you.
  • Building a more impressive CV, rich in skills and experience
  • Progression opportunities after the apprenticeship.

FAQs

An apprenticeship is a structured training programme that allows the learner to combine work and study. The learner will be employed to do a real job whilst studying for a formal qualification.  This allows hands-on training, giving people the chance to put their skills into action.

Yes, the government have set a national minimum wage for apprentices, which is £3.70 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

Some employers may pay more than the national apprentice minimum wage. Pay rates vary between sectors, regions and between different employers.

As an apprentice, you will get paid for your normal working hours and the training, because that is a formal part of your apprenticeship (usually one day a week).

Apprentices have the same rights as other employees; you’ll be entitled to a least 20 days of paid holiday per year, plus Bank Holidays.

Anyone aged 16 and over who is not in full time education and eligible to work in the UK. Apprenticeships can be offered to new or existing employees.

Apprenticeships are also available for graduates, as an apprenticeship is significantly different to the qualification they already hold.

The length of an apprenticeship depends on the level of the programme, personal ability and the industry sector. Generally, it will take between one and four years to complete.

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

Yes, apprentices are employed in contracted roles by the employer. The contract will state the duration of the apprenticeship, the training provided, the working conditions and the qualifications the apprentice will work towards.

You can find all our apprentice vacancies here.

Once the apprenticeship ends, there is no obligation from either party to continue the working relationship.

Often, of course, an apprenticeship will lead to a full time job with the employer but there is no rule to say that this must happen. The apprentice may decide to seek alternative employment opportunities or continue their studies elsewhere.

This all depends on the employer and whether they want to employ you after the apprenticeship.

Once you have completed your apprenticeship, you will have gained a practical qualification and experience. Whether or not the employer offers to take you on as a full time employee, you will have greatly improved your employability in your chosen industry.