• Top Tips on How to Research Apprenticeships For Parents / Carers of Year 11 Pupils 03 November 2015 | View comments

  • How to Research Apprenticeships

    Another option available for a year 11 pupil at the end of year 11 is an apprenticeship. This blog outlines the apprenticeship option available to young people at the age of 15 / 16 when they are making plans for their future.

    What is an apprenticeship?

    An apprenticeship is an opportunity to gain skills, qualifications and work experience all at the same time whilst being paid. They range from administration to engineering. They involve learning a craft, skill or profession whilst earning a wage and gaining a recognised qualification. The apprenticeship is mainly delivered in the workplace but may involve attending a college / training provider one day a week or periodically and involve some form of studying and reading. 

    Once the apprenticeship has finished it is hoped that the apprentice will be taken on as a permanent full time employee, gain promotion or go on to higher education in a college or university.

    How much do apprentices get paid?

    There is a national minimum wage. From 1 October 2015 all apprentices must be paid a minimum of £3.30 per hour. Some organisations pay more. As apprentices progress they may get paid more.

    An apprenticeship for a young person means that:

    • They can gain new skills and qualifications and also gain recognition for their existing skills and knowledge
    • They learn at their own pace and get support, when required
    • They get to experience new and different challenges
    • They can also gain new skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries

    Important Tips When Considering an Apprenticeship

    • Firstly, it is competitive to gain a place on an apprenticeship.
    • Secondly, you can use the apprenticeship search and find tool, please follow the link https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
    • Thirdly, you can approach organisations directly to see if they are willing to take on apprentices  
    • Lastly, it may be difficult to find one so you will need a backup plan.

    Finally, a possible backup plan may include applying to a local College of Further and Higher Education or 6th Form.

    Good Luck.

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