It is impossible to predict every type of enquiry, but we’ve listed a few common ones here with answers which should be helpful, if you'd like further assistance, please visit our careers page.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is made up of 4 components:
A technical certificate which provides the underpinning theory and knowledge
VCQ which provides the work related experience, knowledge, skills & competences
Key skills which relates to levels of communication, literacy, numeracy and IT skills.
Employment rights and responsibilities
How do I get onto an apprenticeship?
Ideally you’d want to be in full time employment and then find a training provider who offers the apprenticeship programme.
If you are unable to find employment and have approached all the local businesses, contact your local training provider who will be able to provide you with a programme-led apprenticeship, whilst seeking out work placement for you. It is also worth contacting Connexions (under 19 years) to see if they have any links with the industry. The National Careers Service, your local Connexions service or equivalent country Council Support Service can also support you in finding an apprenticeship.
In England apprenticeships are available to those aged 16-24 years, but places are limited if you are 19 or over.
What can I expect to be paid?
The new National Minimum Wage (NMW) came into force on 1st October 2010 where all apprentices will be paid a minimum of £2.50 per hour. However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages - in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week.
The new apprentice NMW applies to all 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. If you reach age 19 and have completed the first year of your Apprenticeship your employer must pay you at least the full NMW rate for those aged 18 to 20. If you are already 19 and have completed the first year of your Apprenticeship you must be paid at least the NMW rate for your age.
What apprenticeships are available?
Apprenticeships are available in the following sub sectors:
Body & Paint
Service & Maintenance (Heavy Vehicle, Light Vehicle, Motorcycle, Auto electrical, Mobile electronic security)
What funding is available in England for apprenticeships and where does it come from?
Full funding is available to those aged 16-18 years. For those aged 19yrs + there is some funding available. You will need to contact the Skills Funding Agency
What grades do I need for an apprenticeship?
It may vary from each employer and programme. Generally speaking you will need a minimum of 3 GCSEs including English and maths A-C grades. Some places may ask for 5 GCSEs and they will vary in requirements of subjects.