What to expect
When you are employed as an apprentice you will enjoy many benefits including paid holidays, a salary and working towards a recognised qualification.
Apprenticeships typically last for twelve to eighteen months, although some can last longer and you will work for a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours each week.
During your apprenticeship you will work towards achieving a vocational qualification related to your job role, this provides you with a vocational qualification that is the equivalent to that of GCSE’s, A levels, and potentially even a university Degree. The ways in which you learn will depend upon your employer and the requirements of the qualification but can include training in the workplace, which is known as work-based learning, day release to attend a course at college, or a combination of both.
You will be entitled to receive at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage, which starts at £3.50 per hour during your first year of training. As you progress your wages may increase based upon your performance in the job. 12 months after your enrolment, should you have turned 19 in this time, pay goes up to at least national minimum wage. If you remain under 19 years old during the first year of the apprenticeship pay will go up to at least national minimum wage once you have turned 19.
At the end of your apprenticeship you will receive a nationally recognised qualification which is recognised by employers. Statistically speaking, 85% of apprentices will stay in full-time employment after completing their qualification and approximately two thirds will continue to develop their career further with the same employer.