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For Apprentices

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training. You earn a wage while working towards achieving a nationally recognised qualification linked to your chosen career. Apprenticeships are equivalent to a full-time academic qualification and there are a wide range of areas you can complete an apprenticeship in. Click here to see the range of apprenticeships we offer.

How long do apprenticeships last?

Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of the apprenticeship, the industry sector and the apprentice’s ability.

How much will I be paid as an Apprentice?

All Apprentices receive at least the National Apprenticeship Minimum Wage of £3.90* per hour in their first year, however some employers do choose to pay more.

What hours will I work?

Apprentices will be employed for a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours per week however this may vary employer to employer.

Can an apprenticeship lead to university?

Yes - A growing number of apprentices also go onto Higher Apprenticeships to gain degree level qualifications, but without the expense of going to university. You also have the option of going to university or completing a professional qualification that leads to a specific job role.

Why study with us?

For Employers

What is an apprentice?

An apprentice;

  • Is usually a young person – but can be anyone over the age of 16
  • Works alongside an experienced employee to learn specific skills
  • Receives training – including training towards nationally recognised qualifications such as NVQs
  • Earns a salary
  • Gets paid holiday

Apprenticeships can also be used to develop current employees, but employers may need to make a contribution towards the costs of their training, depending on the age of the employee.

Why have an apprenticeship scheme?

There are a number of benefits, these include but not limited to:

  • Almost 90% of employers that take on an apprentice report benefits to the business
  • Support young people and residents in the local community
  • Gain skilled qualified staff in a cost effective way
  • Ensure that your staff have up-to-date training and qualifications
  • Ensure that your business is up-to-date with industry standards
  • Address skill shortages

How do I find an apprentice?

We provide a free apprenticeship recruitment service. We will help you advertise and pre-screen candidates on your behalf and provide you with a list of candidates to interview via your own recruitment process.

How often do apprentices attend college?

This is depends on the apprenticeship; all the training can be in the workplace, some frameworks require day release or block release at college and others are a combination of attendance at college and assessment within the workplace.

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