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What are Apprenticeships?
An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity of working whilst you continue learning. You will be doing a real job, for a real employer, which means you will earn a wage at the same time. You will spend some time working and some time learning. You will be learning on the job.
There are over 250 different types of apprenticeships available across a wide range of sectors. These can be found listed on the National Apprenticeship Service website or you can speak to Mrs B Forster for more information.
What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship?
There are lots of benefits to doing an
- Earning while you learn
- Learning through 'hands-on' experience (on the job training)
- Receiving training
- Learning job-specific skills for your chosen career
- Gaining qualifications specific to your chosen industry
- You get paid holidays!
- How much will you earn?
- Unlike full time employment, there is no set rate of pay for an apprentice. However, an employed apprentice must earn at least £2.73 per hour. The average weekly wage for an apprentice is around £170 but this may be more depending on the job role.
- What qualifications will you get and how long it will take?
- You will work toward a work-based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) which is industry specific to your chosen job role, and other nationally recognised qualifications. Some apprenticeships will now integrate literacy and numeracy work to ensure the highest standards are reached throughout the duration of the apprenticeship.
- There is no set time to complete an apprenticeship. The length of time taken will depend on the ability of the individual and the employers' requirements. On average they can take between one year and five years to complete depending on the type of apprenticeship, the level and may also vary based on the content. An apprentice should work at least 30 hours per week
What levels of apprenticeships are there?
There are three levels of apprenticeships available:
- Intermediate Level Apprenticeships (Level 2)
- Advanced Level Apprenticeships (Level 3)
- Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4 and above)
All apprenticeships much include the following elements:
- A competencies qualification
- A technical knowledge qualification
- Either Key Skills or Functional Skills or GCSE with enhanced content (eg Maths and English)
More often than not, an apprenticeship with will require you to have achieved at least a Level 2 in Maths and English (GCSE grade A*-C). However, this is not always the case and you will need to check this when applying.
If you do not meet the entry requirements for chosen apprenticeship, there may be a pre-apprenticeship programme available to give you the opportunity to increase your levels over a period of 3 months to a year with a view to then joining an appropriate apprenticeship.
What can doing an Apprenticeship lead to in the future?
Although apprenticeships can be very demanding, they are also very rewarding. You will gain choices in your chosen career as you have been trained specifically with the skills that you employer wants.
You could also progress onto university as many Higher Education institutes value your skills and knowledge and will happily offer a place on a Foundation Degree or other higher level qualifications
Using Start to find out more about apprenticeships
Start is a comprehensive careers education digital platform. All Students have access to Start where you can find out about the full range of apprenticeships that exist and also what is available in your area.
For further information please talk to Mrs B Forster