Become An Apprentice

Becoming an apprentice can be the first step in an exciting and rewarding career. Securing a place on an apprenticeship programme means you’re in the position to develop the skills that will help you climb the career ladder and achieve your future goals.

But that’s not all; you’ll get the chance to work alongside industry leading professionals and immerse yourself in a community of like-minded people. You’ll gain practical and relevant training to enhance your future career prospects, and put you ahead of many of your peers in the job-hunting stakes.

And who can say no to earning a competitive salary and reaping employee benefits such as pension schemes, training and career progression programmes?

Like what you hear? Why not get involved! As an apprentice, you’ll build the skills and experience to open up exciting opportunities and allow you to progress quicker on your career path. So why not See Things Differently and kick-start your career today?

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What’s the difference between a Traineeship and an Apprenticeship?

Traineeships are aimed at giving 16-24 year-olds the opportunity to develop the skills they need to find, and succeed in, employment or progress onto an Apprenticeship. They are comprised of three main elements to prepare you for an Apprenticeship, including English and Maths, work preparation skills and a practical work placement with a local employer. Traineeships are unpaid (however travel expenses and costs of meals may be reimbursed) and should be viewed as a stepping stone into work. They can last anywhere between six weeks and six months. Apprenticeships are designed to enable an individual to progress within a business over a longer period of time whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications. An Apprenticeship is a career, not just a job. Apprenticeships are for those aged 16 or over who are  not in full time education and can last anywhere between one and five years.

What will I earn as an Apprentice?

As of the 1st April 2020, the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, but many employers pay more than this. In fact, some Higher Apprenticeships can pay as much as £500 per week. However, more than just earning a salary, you will receive training in the skills employers want, increasing your future earning potential. Apprentices receive marked salary increases on completion of their training and the roles often offer great opportunities for career progression.

Isn’t university a better option?

While it is widely acknowledged that full-time education, such as college, sixth form or university is a proven route into employment, this route does not always offer the valuable work experience that an Apprenticeship can offer and there’s still no guarantee of a job at the end. Apprenticeships allow you to earn while you learn, and give you the opportunity to develop the skills employers really want, including specific skills relating to your job, their company and your sector.

How do I know if I am eligible?

If you are aged 16 or over and not in full time education, then you are eligible to start an Apprenticeship. You can also apply for a position if you will be 16 at the commencement of the scheme.

How do I get involved?

To find and apply for an Apprenticeship scheme, take a look at the vacancies on this website or search the government’s national database of Apprenticeships. To familiarise yourself with the application process, why not check out our handy guide?

What if I’ve been unsuccessful in the past?

Getting into employment isn’t always straightforward – you might have pressures elsewhere in your life that make achieving your goals difficult. However, there is support out there to help you boost your chances and your skills. A great place to start is the Greater Manchester Talent Match scheme. Take a look around their website and see how their free support could benefit you.

What do the different levels mean in comparison to GSCEs, A-levels and degrees?

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship – Level 2; equivalent to five GCSEs at grade C or above
  • Advanced Apprenticeship – Level 3; equivalent to two A level passes
  • Higher Apprenticeship – 
    • Level 4: equivalent to an HNC
    • Level 5: equivalent to an HND or a Foundation Degree
    • Level 6: equivalent to an Undergraduate Degree
    • Level 7: equivalent to a Master’s Degree
    • Degree: Degree Apprenticeships offer a full degree, paid for by your employer

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