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 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 NVQ qualification, which provides you with a vocational qualification that is the equivalent of GCSE’s, A levels, and even a university degree. The ways in which you learn will depend upon your employer and 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 £3.30 during your first year of training. As you progress your wages may increase based upon your performance in the job.
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