APPRENTICESHIP GUIDE 2016
MA FAQs Ahead of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (29 February-4 March), we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Modern Apprenticeships and how they work
What’s a Modern Apprenticeship? Modern Apprenticeships combine work and training to create the perfect career-starting package. You’ll have a proper paid job with an employer, undertake training and do exams to get yourself recognised qualifications that'll set you up for a certain career. How does the learning part work? The employer will team up with a training provider – either a specialist company or college – to make sure you’re doing all the bits and bobs on the job to meet the requirements qualification-wise. As well as work-based activities, you might have to go to external training courses, day release at college for classes or study in your own time and, in some cases, do exams. Do I need to pay for that? If you’re aged 16-24, the company gets help towards your training costs. If you’re 25 or over, you may be asked to contribute, or your employer will cover the cost. PIC: © ILYA S. SAVENOK/GETTY IMAGES
What qualifications do you get? You’ll work towards a Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) at Level 2 or above. What do I get paid? The minimum wage for under 18s undertaking apprenticeships is £3.87 an hour, or £5.30 for 18 to 20-year-olds. Some companies pay more than this though – MAs in Scotland earn an average of £249 a week.
What kind of job can I get? There’s a massive range of jobs available for wannabe MAs – hundreds actually, in over 80 different sectors! Turn the page to find out more about some of the industries hiring apprentices. How long does it take? It all depends on the job, the qualification and how quickly you progress. It can take as little as a year or as long as four. How do I find an apprenticeship? Search for vacancies at www.apprenticeships. scot, or via My World of Work (www. myworldofwork.co.uk), or you can check out Apprenticeships in Scotland (www. apprenticeshipsinscotland.com). Some apprenticeships get advertised through mainstream job sites like s1jobs.com. What will I actually get out of it? You’ll get solid work experience, the skills to do a specific job, lots of transferable skills, increased confidence, professional contacts… Loads! How does it boost my career? In more ways than you can imagine. Apprentices get trained in how to do a job – that makes you really appealing to future employers.
My World of Work www.myworldofwork.co.uk
DESIGNER STELLA MCCARTNEY (DAUGHTER OF BEATLE PAUL) DID APPRENTICESHIPS WITH FASHION HOUSES LONDONWIDE BEFORE STUDYING AT CENTRAL ST MARTIN’S
CELEBRITY CRIMPER JOHN FRIEDA STARTED OUT SWEEPING UP HAIR ON THE SALON FLOOR AS A JUNIOR BEFORE WORKING HIS WAY UP
BILLY CONNOLLY WAS AN APPRENTICE WELDER IN THE GLASGOW SHIPYARDS – AND HIS OLD JOB HAS INSPIRED MUCH OF HIS COMEDY CONTENT
GO ONLINE Apprenticeships Scotland www.apprenticeships.scot
Scottish Apprenticeship Week www.scottishapprenticeship week.com Apprenticeships in Scotland www.apprenticeshipsin scotland.com
GORDON RAMSAY STARTED HIS COOKERY CAREER AS AN APPRENTICE CHEF IN A FAST-PACED KITCHEN
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Published on Feb 25, 2016