Schools & parents

The Facts

An Apprenticeship allows apprentices to study and gain a qualification at the same time as working, helping them to earn while they learn. As a parent, teacher or adviser, here is the information you need to help give advice to a budding apprentice.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a nationally recognised NVQ qualification for all age groups above the age of 16 that blends work with training, both on and off the job and is known as work based learning. An apprentice will earn a living throughout their training working towards the full apprenticeship, and can also be supported financially by the government.

An NVQ is a National Vocational qualification. There are two types that your candidates can work towards. An NVQ level 2 is equivalent to 5 good GCSEs and an NVQ level 3 is equivalent to 2 A levels.

What is an apprentice paid?

The minimum wage is £3.30 per hour (minimum 30 hours per week) and applies to time working and the time used for training that forms part of the Apprenticeship. Like most other employees, employed apprentices get at least 20 days paid holiday per year. This is on top of bank holidays.

What are the employer’s responsibilities?

The employers responsibility is to provide the apprentice with the training, financial support and fair treatment that they would give any other member of staff. The apprentice will be assessed separately, and will need to present a portfolio of evidence against key requirements to their training partner.

How long does an Apprenticeship take?

Apprenticeships will take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of the qualification, ability of the apprentice and the industry involved.

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