Apprenticeship questions answeredPosted: 23rd of February 2015 by
We appreciate that many young people have lots of questions about apprenticeships. It’s so important that you understand what an apprenticeship is, what it involves, how it differs from full time study at school, college or university and what the benefits are of doing an apprenticeship. We have an interesting article here on why university might not be right for you.
Apprenticeships might not be for everyone, but neither is full time education. You need to choose the path into employment that is right for you, so – here are some answers to common questions about apprenticeships. You can read many more in our Apprenticeship Guide with is out in a fortnight.
What would I get paid?
The National Minimum Wage for an apprentice is £2.73. However, many employers choose to pay their apprentices above the minimum wage, and the median hourly wage for apprentices in 2012 was £6.00.
How can I do an apprenticeship if I have to stay in education until I’m 18?
The raised participation age, introduced by the Government means that young people have to remain in some form of education or training now until they reach the age of 18. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to stay in full-time education and that you can’t have a job or specifically an apprenticeship. You can do 20 hours a week of work, combined with education or training and this includes doing an apprenticeship.
Will I get a qualification?
Yes! As an apprentice you will study toward a formal qualification in a subject and at a level appropriate to your apprenticeship. This might be an gaining an NVQ Diploma in Plumbing and Heating at level 2 for the intermediate apprenticeship or the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Plumbing and Heating for the advanced apprenticeship.
In addition, if you are on an apprentice programme in a profession, such as finance or law you will often have the opportunity to gain relevant professional qualifications, such as the AAT accounting qualification.
Many young people are drawn to the idea of an apprenticeship, but equally, they want to get a degree. From September, new apprenticeship programmes in the fields of IT, Digital and Software will allow you to gain a full honours degree whilst on an apprenticeship programme.
Can I get a degree if I do an apprenticeship?
A higher apprenticeship can lead to a Foundation degree and the new Degree Apprenticeships, which are set to begin this September, offer a ‘no fee degree’ option. Many apprentices go on to study for a full honours degree – Ashley Terron, who completed his apprenticeship in 2011 and works for Redrow is doing just that. You can read all about his experience in our guide.
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