Day 3 of National Careers Week 2017: Today we focus on apprenticeships, telling you about the facts and useful websites.
Apprenticeships - THE FACTS
What are they?
- A route into employment, training and education delivered by employers together with training providers
- Combine on-the-job and off-the-job learning: Earn while you Learn
- Over 250 types of Apprenticeships exist nationwide in jobs ranging from accountancy to veterinary nursing
How do they work?
- Generally 1 to 4 years
- 4 Levels:
* Intermediate: Level 2
Equivalent to five GCSEs
* Advanced: Level 3
Equivalent to two A Levels
* Higher: Level 4
Equivalent Foundation Degree Level or above
* Degree: Levels 6 to 7
Equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
What do they include?
- A Competence based element – to show you can perform job tasks effectively
- A Technical element – to show technical skills and understanding theory behind these
- A Skills element (maths, English and ICT (if relevant to the role)
Apprentice National Minimum Wage (from October 2016) is £3.40 per hour for 16 to 18 year olds.
Some pay more and others increase wages as skills developed.
See www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates for details
A Traineeship is a course which includes work experience to get you ready for work or an
Apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months and is not paid but helps you gain experience
and skills towards applying for paid work
Where to Find An Apprenticeship or Traineeship?
Most Apprenticeships and Traineeships are
advertised on the National Apprenticeships website: www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeships
Here you can create your own account to search and apply for apprenticeships and also set up email / text alerts to get news of new apprenticeships and to track your applications.
See also www.apprenticekent.com
Other Websites for School Leavers:
These include a wide range of apprenticeships, school leaver programmes plus internships and work experience opportunities:
Research facts about a wide range of careers before choosing an apprenticeship:
Local Training Providers offering Apprenticeships
Local colleges of Further Education:
Send your CV to local businesses – use www.yell.com for company addresses
- Google company names and look on their websites for possible job opportunities on their “corporate” and / or “careers” pages
- Check out companies’ social media pages (Facebook / Twitter) to make contacts and look for opportunities
Apprenticeships and Jobs: Useful websites
Please use this link to download a full TrustCareers flyer of useful websites.