A great option for people who want to set out in the word of work, apprenticeships allow people to gain the training, skills, experience that employers are looking for, whilst working and earning. This makes the apprenticeship route different to more conventional routes, like university, and your child can still progress towards a degree level qualification.
Also, have you also heard about the new Apprenticeship Levy? This will ensure that larger businesses invest in apprenticeships as part of their overall training plan.
Below are just a few of the questions we’ve answered that people interested in doing an apprenticeship might have but if you click to read more, then you’ll see that there are lots of questions about apprenticeships answered right here on our website.
Q&AHow old do you need to be?
If you’re aged 16 and above, you can become an apprentice.
Apprenticeships have changed a huge amount over this last decade or so and there are so many opportunities for people of all ages. They’re no longer just for school leavers, so don’t be put off if you’re a mature candidate.
You may have gone to university and decided it’s not for you, or you may be a mature worker who’s ready for a change; apprenticeships certainly aren’t just for people aged between 19 and 23!
Instead, they’re an ideal way for you to continue learning throughout your life as you can now progress all the way up to degree level apprenticeships.Are there different levels of apprenticeship?
There are different levels of apprenticeships:
- Intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2) - apprentices gain the equivalent of five GCSEs at grades A-C.
- Advanced apprenticeship (Level 3) - apprentices gain the equivalent of two A-Levels.
- Higher apprentices (Level 4-5) – apprentices gain the equivalent of a qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
- Degree apprenticeship (Levels 6-7) – apprentices gain a degree-level qualification, helping to build the high-level technical skills needed for the jobs of the future.
Once you’ve finished your apprenticeship, you’ll be a much better position to progress in your career. With a qualification under your belt, you can use this experience to work your way up the career ladder and achieve your ambitions. You may even decide to progress to embark on a degree-level apprenticeship and continue your learning.
You’ll also be pleased to know that many apprentices receive a pay rise after completing their apprenticeship.Do I need English and Maths to be an apprentice?
This varies because each employer will look for a different set of qualifications. While some employers feel that asking for English and Maths GCSEs will help them to attract the right candidate for their role, others will allow you to work towards Functional Skills (English, Maths and ICT) as part of your apprenticeship.How will I do my training?
There are different ways to complete the training that forms part of your apprenticeship and every apprenticeship is different but usually includes:
- On-the-job training<: developing your skills in the workplace by working with colleagues who will show you how to carry out certain tasks – either in formal, structured sessions or informal and unplanned learning.
- Off-the-job training<: learning and developing your skills and knowledge away from your place of work. You might need to access a computer to do some online learning or go to one of our training centres where you will learn in a classroom or workshop.
What learners say
"I used to work in retail but a friend gave me some good feedback about YH Training Services, so I approached them for help finding an apprenticeship. It turned out the Hull centre was looking to recruit their own apprentice and in September 2016 I joined the team! Day to day I talk to customers, book exams and input learner information. I'm now working towards my Advanced apprenticeship."Read More
Apprenticeships we deliver....
- Business Administration
- Customer Service
- Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship Standard (Level 2)
- Lean Manufacturing Operative
- Team Leading and Supervisor
What's going on?
Apprenticeship Minimum Wage Increase
The apprenticeship minimum wage Like a regular job, an apprenticeship also receives a wage which is also governed by a national minimum wage. The current minimum apprenticeship wage increased (April 2021) to £4.30 per hour. However the minimum wage for an apprentice can also depend on your age and the length of the apprenticeship, for […]Read More