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What Is An Apprentice Job?13th April 2011, 13:12
Apprentice jobs offer young people the unique opportunity to earn a wage while learning the valuable skills necessary for working in a particular field.
Whether it’s learning to operate and maintain heavy machinery on an agriculture apprenticeship or learning about how horseshoes are fitted in a farriery apprenticeship, apprentice jobs offer real-life hands-on teaching and learning to set you up for a future career in your chosen field.
If you’ve already chosen your apprenticeship then you probably have a keen interest in a particular industry already, and understand what your job is likely to involve. If you’ve just started thinking about an apprenticeship though, you should know that all apprentice jobs are different, depending on the industry.
For example, your day as an agriculture apprentice might start a lot earlier than that of a customer service apprentice and would obviously involve a lot more work outdoors!
Whatever apprenticeship you choose, you’ll get help and assistance from more experienced staff members as you carry out your daily jobs. Apprentice dental nurses, for example, would learn about taking notes during a dental examination from an experienced dental nurse.
Apprentice jobs are just one element of a modern apprenticeship though, and you can expect to spend a certain amount of time out of the workplace and in the classroom.
Your employer will allow you to spend some time away from the office, workshop or wherever you might spend the majority of your time so that you can go off on day-release to a local college or specialist training organisation.
You’ll spend this time working towards a recognised qualification relevant to your industry. For example, as a construction apprentice you might spend one day a week, or perhaps a few days every couple of months, working towards an NVQ in Wood Occupations.
Learning in this way, coupled with the more academic side of your apprenticeship, provides a mix of hands-on training and academic theory to develop you as a well-rounded employee who will eventually be able to do the job without supervision.
Apprentice jobs pay a minimum of £2.50 per hour, but the amount you are paid is largely dependent on what industry you are training in and your level of skill. Many apprentices earn significantly more than the minimum though, and of course you are also receiving valuable training along the way.
As a paid employee you’ll also be eligible for other benefits like paid holidays and pension contributions, but it also means you’ll have responsibilities to complete your tasks and have people depending on you to do your job properly.