Schools & Colleges

With changes in the economy, the rise in university fees and constraints on funding, the choices young people make when they leave school or college are more daunting than ever – and inevitably you are key to the decision-making process for both the young person and their parent.

However, we understand that distilling and advising on the volumes of Apprenticeships information available can be a complex process – the Hub is here to make things simple by providing you with all the information and resources you need, in one place.

But why promote Apprenticeships? In an increasingly competitive job market, young people need the right education and skills to kick-start their career. Apprenticeships offer the chance to learn job-relevant skills, build valuable experience and gain real qualifications that will positively start their career journey. On top of this, apprentices earn a real salary, have no fees to pay, and can enjoy the benefits of being a full-time employee.

Becoming an apprentice is an exciting opportunity to earn money and progress quickly in a career. Take a look at some of the employers offering Apprenticeship programmes in Greater Manchester to see how you can get involved and play your part in presenting Apprenticeships as a career of choice for young people.



Click a question to display the answer.

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. 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.

How much does an Apprenticeship cost?

Apprenticeships are fully-funded between the government and the employer, meaning that an apprentice’s only expenses will be getting to and from work or training. And will full employment benefits, apprentices earn a salary while they learn.

What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship?

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, apprentices receive training and qualifications in the skills employers really want, increasing their 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.

Who is 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?

Ready to start promoting Apprenticeships? Have a look around the Hub and take advantage of the resources available. There are a range of projects available that can help you promote Apprenticeships in your school. For more information, click here.

How can I boost my school’s profile with employers?

Establishing connections with employers is a positive step towards linking your students to an Apprenticeship. To make sure you’re visible to those employers, you may want to consider applying for awards like Inspiring IAG.

What if my students are encountering barriers to employment?

Getting into employment isn’t always straightforward – your students might have pressures elsewhere in their lives that make achieving their goals difficult. However, there is support out there to help you boost their chances and life skills. Pointing them in the direction of organisations in Greater Manchester, such as Positive Steps and Career Point, will give them the tools and the support needed to help them pursue an Apprenticeship.

Case Study

Upcoming Events