- 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.
An apprenticeship is the overarching name for a group of qualifications completed on-the-job. Each apprenticeship is made up of the following:
This part of the apprenticeship confirms competence in performing the job role.
This part of the apprenticeship confirms the knowledge and understanding of the job role.
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.
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.
|Framework||The criteria that needs to be achieved for the qualification|
|Unit||The individual elements within a framework|
|Level 2/3/4/6/7||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)
|Functional Skills||Covers maths, English and ICT|