What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is when an individual works and learns at the same time.
As an Apprentice, you will be working in a real workplace environment, 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 while you gain your qualifications and build up your experience.
What are the benefits of becoming an Apprentice?
1 - You work in a real workplace, for a real employer.
2 - You gain valuable work place skills and experience.
3 - You are paid a salary and have a contract of employment.
4 - You get paid holiday.
5 - You achieve qualifications.
6- You get support from colleagues and your training organisation.
7 - You become more employable because you have experience of work.
8 - You have better career prospects once you complete your apprenticeship.
9 - You earn while you learn.
What makes an Apprenticeship different to other jobs?
What makes an Apprenticeship different to another job is that you will also be working towards qualifications alongside your job.
These qualifications will be directly relevant to the job that you are doing, whatever role you are working in.
Aren’t Apprenticeships just for people who don’t do very well at school?
Not at all. Getting an Apprenticeship is all about getting a job and starting your career.
Employers want to employ Apprentices with the right positive attitude and who are going to work hard, but they also want employees who are going to be able to pick up new skills and learn about their company from scratch.
As an Apprentice you will be working full-time in a real job and studying at the same time, so you will need to be able to balance both parts equally.
When can you start an Apprenticeship?
You could start an Apprenticeship at any age, as long as you are aged 16 and have completed year 11.
Apprenticeships start throughout the year and you can be an Apprentice at any working age – even in your 40's, 50's etc.
Why do some employers ask for English and Maths and others don’t?
This depends on the employer. Some employers feel that by asking for English and Maths GCSEs that it will help them to attract the right candidate for their role. For many apprenticeships though, if you don’t hold GCSE A-C/ 9-4 in English & Maths it doesn’t mean you can’t do an Apprenticeship. So long as you are willing to work towards Functional Skills then you will still be able to achieve your apprenticeship.