What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a real job with training. You can earn while working towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification linked to your chosen career. Apprenticeships are equivalent to a full-time academic qualification and there are a wide range of areas you can complete an Apprenticeship in.
What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship?
Earning a salary, training in the skills employers want, excellent progression opportunities, increased future earning potential, learning at a pace suited to you with the support of a mentor.
How much will I get paid?
All Apprentices receive at least the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage of £3.90* per hour in the first year. However some employers do choose to pay more.
What grades do I need to do an Apprenticeship?
Intermediate Apprenticeship - 4 GCSEs at grade D or above (one in English or Maths) or equivalent. Advanced Apprenticeship - 5 GCSEs at grade C or above (one in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent. These requirements are subject to change and may also differ to meet the needs of the employer. As well as a College interview, progression onto an Apprenticeship is subject to an employer interview. Don’t worry if you didn’t get the required grades, we can work with you to find a suitable route on to your Apprenticeship.
Am I guaranteed a job?
No, however nationally 90% of Apprentices stay in employment after finishing their Apprenticeship*, with many staying with the same employer, offering you a real future.
How many hours a week do I work?
All Apprentices work at least 30 hours a week, getting involved in all aspects of the business, gaining industry skills and learning from experienced staff.
How long will it last?
Apprenticeships typically last for one to four years depending on the area of study. The majority of Apprenticeships last for two years.
Is it easy?
It’s not the easy option! All Apprentices are expected to conduct themselves professionally in the workplace and must be conscientious in their work, attendance and timekeeping. We offer pre-Apprenticeship support to help guide you in developing the skills and qualities desired by employers, however a desire to work and further your skills is essential!
What does an Apprenticeship involve?
Training combines off the job study (usually at College) with learning and development in the workplace.
Can an Apprenticeship lead to university?
Yes! A growing number of Apprentices also go onto Higher Apprenticeships to gain degree level qualifications, but without the expense of going to university.
What do employers expect from an Apprentice?
All Apprentices are expected to conduct themselves professionally in the workplace and must be conscientious in their work, attendance and timekeeping. Our unique Pre-Apprenticeship support package will help guide you in developing skills and qualities desired by employers, however a desire to work and further your skills is essential!