Apprentice FAQ's

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No – you can continue on the same Apprenticeship programme. If you are aged 19 and over and change employers after you have completed your first year, you will also be able to receive the national minimum wage.

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining industry respected qualifications and workplace experience. Woodspeen Training will work with you and your employer to ensure that the training is tailored to the meet needs of both parties. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace.

Think about where a qualification could take you in your career – call us to arrange a date to go through your options on 01484 429359. If you are already employed, you may want to talk to your employer or a colleague to help you with this.

Getting qualified while on the job can also mean:

  • You work better and more effectively
  • It can set you up to move into new and better jobs
  • You get better pay
  • You get to experience new and different challenges
  • Your existing skills and knowledge are recognised and can help you gain a qualification faster
  • You learn at your own pace and get support when you need it
  • Better job security
  • You gain skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries

An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a ‘framework’ developed by Sector Skills Councils. Most Apprenticeship frameworks follow a standard format that comprises:

  • A National Vocational Qualification (e.g. Level 2 for Intermediate Level Apprenticeships, Level 3 for Advanced Level Apprenticeships).
  • Key Transferable Skills.
  • A Technical Certificate

We provide the knowledge and develop your skills while the employer provides the practical experience to put those skills to the test. Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in a workplace, depending on the subject.

Career progression is excellent for apprentices, and over the course of their careers, those with an Apprenticeship earn, on average, £100,000 more than those without.

[A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Apprenticeships and Other Vocational Qualifications, University of Sheffield, 2007]

Yes. It’s up to you to choose an employer but learning providers (e.g. college or private training company) can help you decide.

Yes, all employed apprentices will get a wage. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) is currently £3.50 per hour*.

However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages – in fact; research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week.

The apprentice NMW applies to all 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. If you reach age 19 and have completed the first year of your Apprenticeship your employer must pay you at least the full NMW rate for those aged 18 to 20.

* Please note that wage rates for roles within the Agricultural sector may differ from the minimum wage stated above.

The employer will give you an induction into the company and your role. They provide on-the-job training and pay your wages. Each apprentice has a supervisor at work who will be responsible for helping you throughout your training and participating in regular Learner Reviews with your assessor and yourself.

Different Apprenticeships have different entry requirements. However the most important requirements are that:

  • You must be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.
  • You must be aged 16 or over.
  • If you took your GCSEs more than five years ago and didn’t gain a top grade (A or A*), or you don’t have good GCSE grades in Maths and English you will need to take a literacy and numeracy test.

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