Why become an apprentice?
- You will earn a salary and get proper paid holidays.
- You train to develop the skills employers actually want.
- There are excellent progression opportunities in employment, or further study, and your training is tailored towards your needs.
How much will you earn?
The minimum wage for apprentices is £2.73 an hour, but many employers pay more than this. The average weekly pay is around £150.
How many hours will you work?
As an apprentice, you will work a minimum 30 hours per week with a local employer, learning about your job and earning a wage. On most programmes, you will attend College one day a week over two or four years, depending on what you’re studying.
Your study programme at College divides into four parts:
- Knowledge element: This is the learning you do for the technical certificate and covers the theory side of your work, which is delivered at College.
- Competence: This is the practical side of the programme and is assessed directly in your workplace to ensure that you are putting the newly acquired skills you learn at College into practice.
- Functional skills: These are English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and mathematics. Your study level will depend on the apprenticeship programme you choose.
- Transferable skills: These are the skills that help you to develop your Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS); you will also learn about your rights as an employee in the workplace.
Are you eligible?
To get on an apprenticeship programme, you must:
- be aged over 16 at the start of the programme;
- have been living in the UK/EU for three years before starting your apprenticeship;
- not currently be in education;
- have an employer who will pay you as an apprentice and offer you no less than 30 hours of work each week. If you are currently unemployed, the College offers a recruitment service.
You must also meet the entry requirements, which are:
As a minimum you will need to pass English and maths at Entry Level 3 or above in your initial assessment at the College. Some Intermediate Level apprenticeships require a Level 1 or above in your initial assessment. Employability skills are required for this programme.
Intermediate apprenticeship Framework, or a Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher. You will also need to pass English and maths at Level 1 or above in your initial assessment at the College. Employability skills and suitable occupational experience are required for this programme
Advanced apprenticeship framework or a Level 3 vocational course. You will need to pass English and maths at Level 2 or above in your initial assessment at the College. Employability skills and suitable occupational experience are also required.
All applicants must attend a pre-interview and assessment prior to being considered for an apprenticeship.