What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances an apprentice will be employed from day one. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
An apprentice will:
– work alongside experienced staff
– gain job-specific skills
– earn a wage and get holiday pay
– be given time for study related to their role (the equivalent of one day a week)
What levels are there?
All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training, leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships also require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice`s ability and competence in their job role.
The levels range from Intermediate (Level 2) through to Degree apprenticeships (Level 7) equivalent to a Master’s Degree.
What do apprentices earn?
The national minimum wage (NMW) for apprentices is currently £4.15 per hour from April 2020. The apprentice NMW applies to apprentices aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices aged 25 and over, and not in the first year of their apprenticeship, will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage. For more information, click here
Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England and
have no upper age limit. The National Apprenticeship Service is committed to ensuring that high quality apprenticeships are a prestigious option, accessible to all people from all backgrounds. All vacancies on Find an Apprenticeship will clearly state what the entry requirements are for the job role being advertised. There will be different entry requirements depending on the industry, job role and apprenticeship level.
- Description: Intermediate, advanced higher and degree apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job skills training with off-the-job learning. You'll get training that is relevant to your job and be paid a salary. Start at a level to suit you, with support if you have special needs or a disability.
- Location: You’ll spend 80% of your time in the workplace and 20% off-the-job with some study in a college, training centre or Institute of Technology (IoT)
- Duration: A minimum of 1 year.
- Entry requirements: Will be dependent on the industry, job role and apprenticeship level.
- Qualifications: Apprenticeship certificate, diploma, degree and masters depending on level.
- Leads to: Work, next level of apprenticeship, further education, higher education.
A traineeship is a work placement programme designed to prepare participants for the world of work and give them a leg up towards an apprenticeship or starting a role. Traineeships are available to motivated teenagers and young adults between 16 and 24, who are struggling to enter the world of work.
- Description: A course that includes a work placement that will get you ready for an apprenticeship or a job. You’ll get work experience and some help to apply for your next steps. You can also improve your maths and English skills. You’ll get work experience and some help to apply for whatever you do next.
- Location: You’ll spend a minimum of 70 hours in a work placement with the rest of your time in college or a training centre.
- Duration: 6 weeks to 1 year.
- Entry requirements: You need to be aged between 16 to 24 or up to 25 with an Education Health and Care Plan with no higher than a level 3 qualification.
- Qualifications: English, maths, digital and work-related qualifications.
- Leads to: Apprenticeship, further education, work.
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