Apprenticeships are employed positions for school leavers and other young people which include training towards recognised industry qualifications. They are available in a wide range of industry areas. Apprentices:
- earn a wage
- work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills and national industry qualifications
- also undertake off-the-job training, usually on day-release
Anyone can apply for an apprenticeship provided they are living in England, aged 16 or over and not in full time education
- paid holidays
- quality training
- national, industry-recognised qualifications
- job-specific skills
- personal development
An Apprenticeship includes training towards an NVQ/Diploma at level 2 or 3 relevant to your chosen industry. It also includes Maths, English and/or ICT training if appropriate, and technical certificates relevant to your industry. Finally, you will develop personal, learning and thinking skills, and receive training in employment rights and responsibilities.
- Apprentices under 19, or who are in their first year of an apprenticeship will be paid a wage of at least £2.60 per hour. Many employers pay more than this.
- Apprentices aged 19 or over should be paid the national minimum wage for their age band unless they are in their first year of an apprenticeship.
- The average weekly wage for an apprentice is £170
- The Government pays for the training of all apprentices aged 16 to 18
- Employer contributions or alternative funding sources may be required for older apprentices
Your employer will provide your on-the-job training and pay your wages. A learning provider is a specialist training organisation or college who is responsible for the rest of your training. The learning provider will appoint a mentor who will follow your progress and work with the employer to ensure your training is well planned.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector.
Employers all over the country recognise and value apprentices because they know they have the industry skills they’re looking for. Many companies, large and small, use Apprenticeships as a way of recruiting school leavers and developing them as key members of staff. A large proportion of apprentices are kept on with their company after their Apprenticeship has finished.