There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. You can learn in a way that is best suited to you, through hands on experience of doing the job. Some key benefits include:
– Working alongside experienced staff
– Earning a wage
– Gaining accredited training and qualifications
– Learning job specific skills
– Gaining invaluable work experience
– Getting paid holidays
Earning while you are learning
Apprentices do real jobs for real employers so you’re paid while you learn. If you are entering work for the first time, you will start earning from day one of your Apprenticeship.
The minimum salary for apprentices is currently £3.40 per hour. This can change annually in line with government direction. Although a minimum salary has been set, many apprentices earn significantly more. As your skills develop your pay may increase accordingly. You may also get additional money for essential books, clothing or equipment, or to help you with a disability. As an apprentice, you will also receive the same benefits as other employees such as pension contributions, subsidised canteen and leisure facilities.
Learn on the job
Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time. You work towards a work-based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and other nationally recognised qualifications. Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that you’ve been trained in the skills they need.
Support during training
Your employer and the College will make sure you have support. Our job is to ensure that your training offers the skills needed for the job and satisfies national standards.
Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding. Because Apprenticeships train you in the skills employers want, they give you choices in your career.
Your career doesn’t have to stop at a Level 2 or 3 Apprenticeship. We now offer some Level 4 Apprenticeship programmes. Alternatively, if you want to go on to university, you will find that many institutes of Higher Education value your skills and knowledge and will happily offer you a place on a Foundation Degree or other higher level qualification.