What are the advantages?
Getting qualified while on the job can also mean:
- Learning effective business improvement techniques (BIT) on the job
- Gaining valuable experience to build learners' confidence within the workplace
- Pay level increases as the learners progress through the framework
- Getting to experience new and different challenges
- Existing skills and knowledge are recognised and can help to gain a qualification faster
- Full assessment & pastoral support to enable the learner to complete in a timely fashion
- Better job security within the learners' workplace
- Gaining skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries
What are the entry requirements?
Apprenticeships can have different entry requirements but essentially they are as follows:
- Business Apprenticeships – 3 GCSEs A to D to include Maths, English & ICT
- Advanced Apprenticeships – 5 GCSEs A to C to include Maths, English & a Science
- Higher Apprenticeships – 3 A Levels A to C to include Maths, Physics (or Chemistry) + 1 other
How long does it take?
The length of an apprenticeship varies according to the course/qualification being obtained, the sector/industry and any prior skills levels of the apprentice. In general, an apprenticeship will take 12 to 42 months to complete dependent on apprenticeship undertaken.
How much do apprentices get paid?
All Apprentices are paid an Apprentices National Minimum Wage which came into force from 1st October 2011 and is reviewed annually - see GOV.UK for further details. As the apprentice's skills develop, this wage can increase. Research shows that some apprentices are earning an average wage of £170.00 before tax, per week. The full National Minimum Wage rate for those aged 18 to 20 years must be paid when your child reaches 19 years-old and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship.
Like with most jobs, your child will be given at least 20 days' holiday plus bank holidays, unless the job specifically requires employees to work during these times.
In terms of getting an Apprenticeship the application process is again like any other job, an application followed by an interview process, plus in some circumstances, testing to ensure that your child is right for the role.
Are there tuition fees?
There are no tuition fees for you to pay, their training is fully government funded. The employer pays the learners salary and support is given throughout the programme from both the Training Centre and the employers.
Will an Apprenticeship turn into a good career?
Career progression is excellent for apprentices, and over the course of their careers, those with an apprenticeship earn, on average, £100,000 more than those without. (A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Apprenticeships and Other Vocational Qualifications, University of Sheffield, 2007) Some apprenticeships attract UCAS points. There is a clear pathway for progression set out and learners will be able to study to degree level and beyond.
Once the apprenticeship has finished the learners will be in full time employment with the obvious benefits this brings such as a salary increase, additional employee benefits and future job security.
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