Overview

What are Apprenticeships?

As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Coupled with additional training, usually on a day-release basis, from a partner training provider you will work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. The minimum salary is £2.50 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships are open to all age groups over 16, whether you are leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career.

There may be different entry requirements depending on the apprenticeship and the industry sector. However competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you. You also need to be happy to work as both part of a team and individually, plus be able to use your own initiative.

Training

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress.

As an employee you will be in employment for most of your time as most training takes place on the job. The rest usually takes place at a local college or a specialist training organisation. You can complete this off-the-job training on day release or over a number of days in a block. The amount of time you spend varies according to your apprenticeship. It could be anything from one day every other fortnight, to two days every week. So all the things you study will be useful in your job and help you succeed in your future career.

What are the benefits of Apprenticeships?

Key benefits to your business:

· A rapid and cost effective way to recruit the right people

· A more productive, competitive workforce

· Improved staff retention

· A better skilled workforce in the long term

· Government contributions to your training costs

· Suitable for current employees of all ages.

Key benefits to the apprentice

· Earn a salary

· Get paid holidays

· Receive training

· Gain qualifications

· Learn job-specific skills

How to find out more

For more information about apprenticeships, contact any of the following organisations:

National Apprenticeship Service

Deeside College

Coleg Llandrillo

Coleg Menai

West Cheshire College

Yale College

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