Apprentice and parent FAQ

Apprenticeships - Frequently asked questions for parents and learners

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace.
What types of Apprenticeships are there?
Is there an upper age limit for Apprenticeships?

How is learning done through an Apprenticeship?
I have a degree - Can a university graduate do an Apprenticeship?

Yes. But the Apprenticeship would need to be in a completely different subject area to your degree.
What are the advantages of an Apprenticeship?
Do I get to choose where to work?

Yes. It’s up to you to choose an employer but learning providers (e.g. college or private training company) can help you decide.
Do I get paid?

The great thing about Apprenticeships is that you earn a wage. As a 16-18 year old, or if you’re aged 19 and over and in your first year of an Apprenticeship, you can expect to earn the apprentice rate. After that the National Minimum Wage applies. However many employers pay more than this, especially if the Apprenticeship is Advanced or Higher.
I’m an apprentice and have just been made redundant. What do I do now?

If you have been made redundant you should contact your training provider who will be able to give you assistance and advice on what happens next.
What’s the role of the employer?

The employer will give you an induction into the company and your role. They provide on-the-job training and pay your wages. Each apprentice has a manager at work who will be responsible for helping you throughout your training.
What are the entry requirements of an Apprenticeship?
What does it involve?
How long does it take?

An Apprenticeship will be for a minimum of one year, although the length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and the industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete.
I’ve already got a job – can I still do an Apprenticeship?

Yes. If your employer agrees, you could become an apprentice where you work now. Your training provider would be able to furnish your employer with all the information they need.
Do I get holidays?

Like most other employees, you will be given at least 20 days paid holiday per year as well as bank and public holidays.
What’s involved in the selection process?

The selection process is just like any other job application process. Individuals are put through a series of interviews, and in some cases, tests, to establish if they are the right fit for the role and the employer would make the final decision. 
What time of year can I start?

You can apply at any time of year. Being able to enrol as an apprentice depends upon the availability of a suitable position with an employer.

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