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&AWhy should I become an apprentice?
Helping you gain all the skills you need to succeed in your career, an apprenticeship gives you real insight into your chosen industry – and you’ll get paid!
The key benefits:
- You gain valuable workplace skills and experience.
- You work in a real job for a real employer.
- You are paid a salary and have a contract of employment.
- You achieve an apprenticeship recognised by employers.
- You get support from your colleagues and training organisation.
- It’s a carer pathway that helps you achieve your goals.
- It’s something for your CV to show skills, achievements and work experience.
There are more perks. For instance, you’ll also be entitled to a National Union of Students (NUS) Apprentice Extra Card, giving you discounts at more than 120 shops and online sites – result!’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.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.
Every employer offering an apprenticeship vacancy will decide what they want to pay their apprentices and this information will be set out in the job description. Like all jobs, salaries vary depending on job role, location, the sector it’s in and how much responsibility you’ll be given.
You’ll be pleased to know, however, that there’s a National Minimum Wage for apprentices. This is £3.50 per hour for apprentices under 19 or in their first year of an apprenticeship. If you’re aged 19 or over and past the first year of your apprenticeship, you’ll be entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate that applies to your age.Does someone need to have a job to be an apprentice?
If they’re not in employment and want to be an apprentice, our team will help them to find the right opportunity with our Match-You service.Read More Q&A
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
- Healthcare Support Services
- Performing Manufacturing Operations
- Team Leading and Supervisor
- Warehousing and Storage
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