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LEARNER FAQs

WHAT IS AN APPRENTICESHIP?

An apprenticeship is a government funded programme combining practical training in a paid job with theoretical study in the classroom. Designed for individuals over the age of 16, as an apprentice you will finish with a nationally recognised qualification and be equipped with the skills and experience for future employment. Experiencing new challenges, an apprenticeship is a real alternative to getting onto the career ladder without concerns over debt from attending university.

HOW MUCH WILL I GET PAID?

As an apprentice, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. This is set at an hourly rate of £4.15, however many employers choose to pay more than this or increase the rate after the employee has been within the company for a certain amount of time.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE MY APPRENTICESHIP?

Depending on the course and level you are working towards, apprenticeships generally last anywhere between 1-4 years.

WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I ACHIEVE?

A ‘standard’ developed by employer trailblazer groups, an apprenticeship is a set of qualifications that shows you have experience in your area of interest.

There are three different levels of apprenticeships on offer through Northern Skills Group:

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (learning towards level 2 - equivalent to five GCSE's at grade C or one A level)

  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship (learning towards level 3 - equivalent to two A Levels)

  • Higher Level Apprenticeship (learning towards level 4- equivalent to a Foundation Degree)

 

WHAT IS MY HOLIDAY ENTITLEMET? 

As an employee you are entitled to a minimum of 20 days per holiday year, in addition to Bank Holidays.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE ON APPRENTICESHIPS PLEASE VISIT THE NATIONAL CAREERS SERVICE WEBSITE.