Why become an apprentice?
- You will earn a salary
- You train to develop the skills employers actually want. Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications (*Source: www.apprenticeships.org)
- Gain nationally recognised qualifications
- Improve future career prospects -There are excellent progression opportunities in employment, or further study, and your training is tailored towards your needs.
- Earn more in your lifetime- Apprentices earn, on average, over £150,000 more throughout their lifetime than other employees (*Source: www.apprenticeships.org)
How much will you earn?
The minimum wage for apprentices is £3.40 an hour, but many employers pay more than this. The average weekly pay is £170+.
How long do apprenticeships last?
The duration of an apprenticeship depends on several factors including the subject, the level undertaken and the apprentice’s existing skills and qualifications. They can take between one and four years to complete.
How much time will I spend at college?
This varies depending on the Apprenticeship programme, however an apprentice would typically spend one day a week in college and the rest of the time would be spent in the workplace.
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.
Further useful reading on apprenticeships: