Are you looking to take your first step towards your dream job? Or maybe you want to earn and learn at the same time?
An Apprenticeship is a fantastic career path that gives you the opportunity to learn, benefit from practical hands on experience, gain a qualification and earn a wage, ALL AT THE SAME TIME!!
An apprenticeship usually takes between 1 – 4 years to complete depending on level and industry. You will be working in a real job where you will be employed by a company, have a contract of employment, get paid a salary and be entitled to all of the statutory benefits such as holiday and sick pay.
Whether it is Nuclear Decommissioning or Childcare you’re into, you will most probably be able to do it as an apprenticeship, as there are currently more than 1500 job roles covering 170 industries in the UK alone. You can experience amazing opportunities as an apprentice where you might work on some really innovative projects and let your creative side shine through.
Research done by the National Apprenticeship Service shows that more than 90% of apprentices stay in employment at the end of their apprenticeship.
So what are you waiting for? Every apprenticeship is different so why not find the right one for you?
Case study: Progression to Higher Education
Karen Harrison was working as a Care Home Consultant wishing to return to nursing practice following the expiration of her PIN. Karen was made aware of the Level 5 qualification as a route to university and decided to source a course to help her meet the entry criteria, enrolling with a local college.
However the college decided to withdraw the course due to lack of interest, it was at this point Karen contacted FNTC and although very nervous to start with Karen was well aware that the course would also her to develop her leadership and management skills.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is when an individual work, earns, and learns at the same time. As an Apprentice you will be working in a real job where you will be employed by a company, have a contract of employment, get paid a salary and be entitled to all of the statutory benefits such as holiday and sick pay, all while working towards a nationally recognised qualification.
What’s the difference between an Apprenticeship and Traineeship?
A traineeship is a short-term training programme, aimed at getting you ‘work ready’. They’re designed to give you basic training in English and Maths. And valuable work experience too. They help to build your CV and to gain confidence so you’re ready to find the apprenticeship you want.
An apprenticeship is a real job. You’ll be working alongside experienced people, supporting them and learning from them as you go. Working at least 30 hours a week, you’ll gain most of the training you need in the workplace. But you may also go to a college, training provider, training centre or learn online to gain vital skills and qualifications.
What are the entry requirements for an Apprenticeship?
The entry requirements for Intermediate and Advanced Apprenticeships vary depending on the training provider and employer. Typically, for an Intermediate Apprenticeship you will need a number of GCSEs grades A* to C with, ideally, English and Maths being two of those subjects.
How much would I get paid?
The minimum an Apprentice can be paid per hour is £ 3.40 from October 1st 2016. This rate can be paid to an Apprentice aged under 19 or those in the first year if they are aged 19 or over. If you’ve completed your first year as an Apprentice you will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage that applies to your age.
It is important to do your research and find out the different salary ranges and different increase option, every Apprenticeship is different and the wage can vary based on sector and employer.
How old do I have to be to do an apprenticeship?
You must be 16+ and have completed year 11 at school. There is no upper age limit for Apprenticeships.
How long is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships vary between 1 and 4 years depending on the sector and level of qualification being delivered.
What does an Apprenticeship include?
An Apprenticeship is made up of 5 different components. These are:
- Knowledge based qualification
- Competence based qualification
- Personal learning and thinking skills (PLTS)
- Maths, English, and ICT (depending on what you’ve achieved in your GCSEs you may or may not undertake functional skills)
- Employment rights and responsibilities (ERR)
What are the different levels of apprenticeships?
There are 6 apprenticeship qualification levels:
Intermediate Level 2 – this is the equivalent to GCSEs and is normally the starting point for students leaving school.
Advanced Level 3 – this is equivalent to A levels and is often used to progress onwards from the intermediate level 2 Apprenticeship.
Higher Level 4, 5, 6 & 7 – These are slightly different, depending on the type of higher apprenticeship that you undertake, you could be working towards a degree, or you could be working to achieve other professional qualifications.
Do I need to sit exams?
Training and assessment can vary from one training provider to another. Some training may be completed on-site, or in a training centre, some providers even offer online distance learning.
Throughout your training you will need to build an apprenticeship portfolio as evidence of your training and work experience. Technical certificates will usually require a theory or practical assessment.
I have additional learning needs, would I get support with my Apprenticeship?
You will be supported throughout your Apprenticeship based on any individual needs and requirements that you may have.
I’ve got a job already; can I still do an Apprenticeship?
Yes. If your employer agrees, you can undertake an Apprenticeship where you work now. Your current contract and rate of pay shouldn’t change, and you won’t be classed as an apprentice.
I have a university degree, can I do an Apprenticeship?
If you have a degree you can still apply for an apprenticeship, but you will not be eligible for any government funding.
Could I do an Apprenticeship if I recently moved from overseas?
To be eligible for any apprenticeship funding you must have been a resident for 3 years and hold a National Insurance Number in the UK.