Is your child thinking about what they might like to do in their future and considering all of the different options that are open to them?

Apprenticeships could offer your child the perfect chance to gain the skills and experience that employers are looking for. The YH Training team would be happy to talk to you about local opportunities.

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.

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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 makes a good apprentice?

Being an apprentice is the same as working as an employee in a business. There are different skills and attributes that each company will be looking for in candidates which will also be linked to job role. Your ability to fit in, as well as your personality, will go a long way to determining whether you’re right for an apprenticeship vacancy.

Apprenticeships have moved on a lot in the last decade or so. If you have the drive and determination to succeed – and you’d like to earn a wage while working towards a rewarding, lifelong career – you’re likely to be a good apprenticeship candidate.

How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?

Lasting a minimum of 12 months, apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete. It depends on the level of the apprenticeship, your ability and the industry sector. An Intermediate Level 2 apprenticeship usually takes 12 to 18 months to complete, whereas an Advanced Level 3 takes around 24 months.

What will I be paid?

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.

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.

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What learners say

Abby

"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."

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Apprenticeships we deliver....
  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Healthcare Support Services
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Team Leading and Supervisor
  • Warehousing and Storage
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West Yorkshire MPC & Learning Centre Open Days

We are having open days in June to celebrate and provide information on Apprenticeships, qualifications, Military Preparation Course and much more! Leeds Learning Centre Open Day – Tuesday 29th May 2018 Huddersfield Learning Centre Open Day – Wednesday 30th May 2018 MPC Huddersfield Army Reserve Centre Open Day – Friday 1st June 2018 MPC Barnsley Army Reserve Centre […]

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