Who can be an apprentice?

To become an apprentice you have to be 16 or over, living in England and not in full time Education.

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you are still at school but you will be unable to start until you are 16.

Apprenticeships are also available to people who hold a degree, as long as this is in a different subject area so you will still learn new skills.

Benefits gained from an apprenticeship

They are a nationally recognised qualification that is valued by employers and Universities.

You will gain knowledge and valuable skills upon completion.

Apprentices are also provided with a real physical experience with working, something schools and colleges don’t offer.

Apprentices earn an average wage of £270 per week.

Going to university costs an average £9k per year with an apprenticeship you are earning whilst learning therefore there is no large debt at the end.

Apprenticeships offer a varied learning experience. You won’t have to spend all of your time studying; most of the time you’ll be working within your company and gaining valuable experience.

Apprenticeships offer great progression opportunities to progress onto Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications further enhancing your CV.

Apprenticeships explained further
  • There is nothing to pay to become an apprentice.
  • Although the minimum wage of the first year of the Apprenticeship is currently £3.70 per hour, the average wage is £270 per week.
  • Apprenticeships come with paid holiday and paid bank holidays.
  • Functional Skills – These are your Maths, English and ICT qualifications that you will gain (if needed) upon completing your apprenticeship.
  • Framework/Standard – An apprenticeship framework/standard is a definition of requirements for an apprenticeship programme. It is used by training providers, colleges, and employers to ensure that all apprenticeship programmes are delivered consistently and to agreed standards.
  • Level – This is how the difficulty of apprenticeship is described from beginner to advanced.
  • Unit – An individual element of the apprenticeship. The work that you will do will be broken down into units and you will need to complete each unit to achieve your qualification.
What type of qualification is gained?

Apprenticeships are split into four levels of qualification

  • Intermediate-level apprenticeship (Level 2 GCSE)
  • Advanced-level apprenticeship (Level 3 A Level)
  • Higher apprenticeship (Levels 4 to 7)
  • Degree apprenticeship (Levels 6 and 7)
Do I need to have any qualifications to become an apprentice?

This will depend upon the apprenticeship that you undertake, all employers will be looking for different skills and qualities. These will be detailed on the vacancy.

 

Is there anything that I can do before applying for an apprenticeship?
  • Update your CV
  • Gain some work experience in your chosen area
  • Gain some volunteering experience
  • Speak to employers for advice and to see if they would be interested in taking on an apprentice
  • 19+ National Careers Service can help you with the above preparation. Book an appointment by calling (01733) 761361.
What happens when I'm on my apprenticeship?

Your assessor will come to your workplace to visit you regularly to support you with the completion of your qualification or you will attend workshops at the College. Within your apprenticeship you will have the choice of some optional units which will be chosen by you, your line manager and the assessor. This could give you the chance to gain some new skills and work within a different area.

You will build up a portfolio of evidence that will prove your understanding of the course. In addition, you will complete your functional skills qualifications, if required.

What obligations does my employer have?

You have a contract of employment with the usual benefits that is for a minimum of 13 months.

You are paid at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices (currently £3.50 an hour)

You have a health and safety induction.

Appoint a mentor.

20% off-the-job training.

Provide a safe environment

Provide support, equipment and communication to help you with your role.

I am looking for an apprenticeship and don't have an employer

Search our current apprenticeship vacancies.

If you find one that you are interested in, download and complete the Apprenticeship Application form and return by e-mail to apprenticeships@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk or by post to the Apprenticeship Recruitment Department, City College Peterborough, Brook Street, Peterborough PE1 1TU.

After you have submitted your application, we will contact you to discuss this further. Once the vacancy has closed, we will let you know if the employer would like to invite you in for an interview. We will always be available for any further questions, and can help you prepare for an interview.

If you are not successful at this stage, then we can provide you with any feedback and help you to find another suitable vacancy. We also offer CV and interview workshops, if you would like any further information, please contact the apprenticeship on 01733 293899 or email apprenticeships@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk.

I am looking for an apprenticeship and I have an employer who would like to employ me

Please call us on 01733 293899 or email apprenticeships@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk to discuss this further. Please ensure that you have the employer’s details available and then we can contact them to take this further.

How to apply

Search our current apprenticeship vacancies.

If you find one that you are interested in, please download the application form and return by e-mail to apprenticeships@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk or by post to the Apprenticeship Recruitment Department, City College Peterborough, Brook Street, Peterborough PE1 1TU.

All of our Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the National Apprenticeship website.