Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and gain practical skills from the workplace. All employed Apprentices get a wage.
£3.40 is the national minimum Apprentice rate, for Apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. Note: some employers will pay Apprentices more than the National Minimum Wage.
Which Apprenticeship should I do?
There are three levels of Apprenticeships. Depending on your prior qualifications, you can choose from:
- Intermediate Apprenticeships
- These are Level 2 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to GCSE Grades 9 – 4.
- Advanced Apprenticeships
- Level 3 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to A Levels.
- Higher Apprenticeships
- Level 4 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to Certificates of Higher Education 18+, Higher National Certificates, and Foundation Degrees.
How do I get an Apprenticeship?
There are a number of ways to get an Apprenticeship. You may need some qualifications, but more importantly dedication, commitment, hard work, attention to detail, an ability to sell yourself in writing and at interview. Be prepared to apply for several apprenticeships, as competition is very high.
On the National Apprenticeships website, you can register to receive updates and search current vacancies – www.getingofar.gov.uk
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Norfolk’s Help You Choose website has information about Apprenticeships – https://helpyouchoose.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.ajt
The Apprenticeships Norfolk Network website:
Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form is a partner in the Apprenticeships Norfolk Network, a network designed to make it easier for employers and young people to find out more about Apprenticeships.
If you click on the link https://www.apprenticeshipsnorfolk.org/ you will be taken to the ANN website where, among other things, students can send an online enquiry to a local Apprenticeship Advisor, who will provide help and support.
The Apprenticeship page on the Not Going To Uni website offers helpful tips and advice as well as hosting current apprenticeship opportunities – http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/apprenticeships-223
Check out Norwich City College’s website and the Apprenticeships on offer – http://www.ccn.ac.uk/apprenticeships
Easton and Otley College offer a number of Apprenticeships in 14 different employment areas.
Looking at specific company websites: in particular the ‘Careers’ or ‘Jobs’ sections of their websites. Contacting a local company to see if they offer Apprenticeships or would be willing to take an Apprentice. You would be expected to send in a speculative letter and your CV. There is government funding for Employers to offer Apprenticeships.
Follow companies on Twitter and Facebook.