What are the benefits?
  • Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to gain practical experience.
  • Apprentices are employed and earn a salary. It is a job with training and therefore can be completed by those aged 16-18, meaning that they don’t have to stay in full time education.
  • They receive training to help them develop their skills and knowledge within their chosen role
  • There are no student debts or fees to pay.
  • The minimum wage for apprentices is currently £3.50 per hour, although many employers pay more.
  • Apprentices are provided with the standard benefits as the other employees within that company.
  • Apprenticeships provide nationally-recognised qualifications that are valued by employers.
What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is the overarching name for a group of qualifications completed on-the-job. Each apprenticeship is made up of the following:

Competence
This part of the apprenticeship confirms competence in performing the job role.

Knowledge
This part of the apprenticeship confirms the knowledge and understanding of the job role.

Functional skills
This part of the apprenticeship aims to develop ICT, English and Maths skills. These are only applicable for apprentices who have not gained a grade A* – C at GCSE.

Employer responsibilities and rights
This part of the apprenticeship provides knowledge on employer and employee’s statutory rights and responsibilities, equality legislation, Health & Safety and the Disability Discrimination Act.

Your role as a parent

If your child is aged under 18 you will be required to sign a commitment statement. For further information please contact us on 01733 293899 or email apprenticeships@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk

Jargon explained

We fully understand that there is a lot of jargon involved with apprenticeships so we thought that we’d try to make it a bit clearer for you.

FrameworkThe criteria that needs to be achieved for the qualification
UnitThe individual elements within a framework
Level 2/3/4/6/7Intermediate-level apprenticeship (Level 2 GCSE)
Advanced-level apprenticeship (Level 3 A Level)
Higher apprenticeship (Levels 4 to 7)
Degree apprenticeship (Levels 6 and 7)
Functional SkillsCovers maths, English and ICT