An apprenticeship helps you gain all the skills you need to succeed in your career and gives you real insight and experience into your industry and job role. What’s more you get paid and you gain a nationally recognised apprenticeship to add to your CV.
*Existing staff who begin an apprenticeship will obviously retain their current salary, terms and conditions.
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 career pathway that helps you achieve your goals.
- It’s something for your CV to show skills, achievements and work experience.
Once you’ve finished your apprenticeship, you’ll be a much better position to progress in your career and your skills and experience can help you 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!
If you need some help producing your CV and applying for an apprenticeship, please get in touch with your your local YH centre.
Q&AWhat 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 £3.70 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.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.
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.
An apprenticeship offers lots of additional benefits to simply having a job – but in short, it allows you to earn while you learn!
Your qualification and experience gained will be based on the skills and knowledge that you require for the job you’re doing – and you can progress further up the career ladder while taking home a wage at the end of the week or month.
Also, with an apprenticeship you’ll set yourself up for the future – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training.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.Read More Q&A
What learners say
"When I left college I was unsure of what I wanted to do and I didn't want to go to University for the sake of going, so instead of applying for University I decide to apply for apprenticeships and I'm happy with that decision."Read More
Apprenticeships we deliver....
- Business Administration
- Customer Service
- Healthcare Support Services
- Performing Manufacturing Operations
- Team Leading and Supervisor