Apprentices are employees earning a wage and working alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. In March this year, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister announced that the National Minimum Wage for apprentices would increase to £3.30 per hour from October 2015, however, many apprentices earn significantly more.
Becoming an apprentice has many benefits, including:
- earn a salary with opportunities for career progression
- get paid holidays
- receive training
- become qualified in your chosen career path
- learn and improve job-specific skills
Here at Training @ Hopwood we have links with lots of local companies and can help potential apprentices search for a job. We'll also help put together a CV and assist with the completion any application forms.
Download our current booklet 'A guide to becoming an Apprentice' (9mb pdf) for more information