Considering an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships have provided an essential role in ensuring that our economy thrives, and that people reach their full potential within the workplace. Apprenticeships continue to be an incredibly popular choice for school leavers to more mature learners to develop the key knowledge, skills and behaviours that employers want.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship allows you to combine work and study. The programme mixes both on-the-job training and off-the-job training which will hopefully give you the skills and knowledge to be successful in your chosen career or to progress onto further learning. You will have the opportunity to earn while you learn, alongside experienced staff to develop job-specific skills.
Your programme of learning will depend on the role you are training for, these are approved and certified by the Institute of Apprenticeships.
What makes up the Apprenticeship?
Depending on your chosen vocational field you will be completing the following:
- Key Knowledge
- Key Skills
- Key Behaviours
- Functional Skills – depending on your previous achievements in these subjects
- End Point Assessment –
Duration and Apprenticeship Levels
- Intermediate – typically last between 12 months to 18 months and is equivalent to five good GCSE passes.
- Advanced- Typically delivered between 18 months to 2 years and is equivalent to two A levels passes.
- Higher – Typically delivered between 2 years to 4 years and is equivalent to a Foundation degree.
Pay Rates and working hours
As an apprentice, you’re entitled to the National Apprentice Minimum Wage (£3.70 per hour from April 2018) and this is updated every year in April. This applies to all apprentices aged 16-18, or those in the first year of their course. Once you’ve progressed past this level, you’ll be entitled to the minimum wage rate for your age.