Dear parent,


There are many questions that you may have around apprenticeships and whether they are right for your son or daughter.  We have compiled below a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) which we hope will address some of these questions.  However, whilst this information will answer many of the more obvious questions around what an apprenticeship is, you may want to explore the practicalities of an apprenticeship and what it will mean for your child in more detail.  If you are a parent who would like more information please contact us on 01484 429 359.  We hold open evenings throughout the year to answer parent and learner questions but we are equally delighted to speak to you on a one to one basis, to address your specific queries.  Please contact us,  We are here to help.


Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining industry respected qualifications and workplace experience. Apprentices can earn as they learn and gain practical skills from the workplace. Woodspeen Training will work closely with both the apprentice and employer to ensure that the training meets the needs of all concerned.


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 (Level 2 for Apprenticeships, Level 3 for Advanced Apprenticeships).

• Key Transferable Skills.

• A Technical Certificate.


Woodspeen Training will 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.


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


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.


Yes. In some limited cases, apprentices can claim additional benefits. You can find out more on benefit claims at


Woodspeen Training take on new starters throughout the year, please contact us on 01484 429359 to discuss ifurther.


When you begin the work-based training depends upon the availability of a position with an employer.


No. Whilst on an Apprenticeship, the employer pays an Apprenticeship salary and provides support whilst training is undertaken. Most of the training is ‘on the job’ within the workplace however the rest can be provided by Woodspeen Training.


The National Apprenticeship Service will pay the costs of your training for those aged under 24 and in certain cases for those aged 24 or above.


Age                       National Apprenticeship Service contribution

16 -18                   Up to 100%

19 - 23                  Up to 50%

24+                       See below

For those aged 24 and above, the government is introducing learning loans.  Please refer to the section on 'financial support' for more information on eligibility criteria.   


The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained as well as the industry sector. However and as a general guide a first apprenticeship will take between one and two years to complete.


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, or you don’t have good GCSE grades in Maths and English you will need to take a literacy and numeracy test.


The national minimum wage is set by government and reviewed annually. Please refer to the News and Events section of the website for details of the current national minimum wage (NMW) that applies. 


Whilst employers must pay the national minimum wage* from the outset it is often the case that, 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 the apprentice reaches 19 years-old and has completed the first year of their Apprenticeship their employer must pay them at least the full NMW rate for those aged 18 to 20.


If they are already 19 and have completed the first year of their Apprenticeship they must be paid at least the NMW rate for their age.


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

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