Becoming an apprentice can bring a whole host of benefits to both you and the employer. Industry research has highlighted numerous benefits; below are some of the facts and figures about becoming and apprentice.
- There are about 200,000 workplaces with apprentices.
- 83% of apprentices career prospects have improved.
- There are more than 200 different types of apprenticeships available offering over 1,200 job roles.
- 84% of apprentices are satisfied with the apprenticeship programme.
- 87% of apprentices find the process of getting onto an apprenticeship is easy.
- All apprenticeships are done on a full time basis, so apprentices will work a minimum of 30 hours a week. There may be opportunities for overtimes and your hours may be split over shifts.
- The national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.40 per hour.
- Apprenticeships can take a minimum of 12 months to complete, but depending on the specialism you choose this can vary between 12, 24 and 36 months.
- During an apprenticeship you will be working towards either a Level 2 or 3 NVQ/VCQ in the specialism you have chosen. Some programmes will also offer additional qualifications or give you the option to progress to a higher level NVQ/VCQ qualification.
- Apprenticeships are based primarily within the workplace, but you may be required to visit a further education college to complete part of their training. Sometimes apprenticeships can be undertaken solely at the workplace through virtual learning and assessor visits.
- Through an apprenticeship an assessor will visit you periodically to help support you and go through your coursework and assessments to make sure you are on track.
- You will be fully employed by the company you work for which will entitle you to the same benefits as other employees within the business, such as holiday entitlement, healthcare and pension schemes; depending on company benefits offered.
- Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to gain on the job training as well as develop your experience within the sector of your choice, this can increase your employability and opportunities in the future.
- If you do well and work hard, the employer you complete your apprenticeship with may keep you on as a full time employee after the training has finished.
For more information about apprenticeships or if you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship, please contact us on:
0115 975 9550