Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to gain job-related skills and qualifications through on-the-job and off-the-job training. An Apprenticeship enables people to earn while they learn the skills necessary to succeed in their chosen career. There are currently two levels of Apprenticeships:
Apprenticeship Duration: at least one year Aim: to help the apprentice work towards a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at Level 2, Key Skills and in most cases a technical certificate
Advanced Apprenticeship Duration: at least two years Aim: to help the apprentice work towards a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at Level 3, Key Skills and a technical certificate
Training All Apprenticeship frameworks comprise of: • • • •
a competence based element (NVQ) a knowledge based element (Technical Certificate) transferable 'key' skills (Communication/Application of Number)* Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
* Exemptions from Key Skills apply where a learner has achieved GCSE’s grades A-C Normally, an apprentice will spend four days a week with their employer obtaining the practical skills and job knowledge necessary for their chosen occupation. One day a week will be spent with a training provider doing practical tasks, learning necessary job theory and developing key employment skills.
Types of Apprenticeships There are 190 different types of Apprenticeships, below are the main occupational headings: • • • • • • • • • •
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care Arts, Media and Publishing Business, Administration and Law Construction, Planning and the Built Environment Education and Training Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Health, Public Services and Care Information and Communication Technology Leisure, Travel and Tourism Retail & Commercial Enterprise
Benefits Over 185,000 people have undertaken an Apprenticeship in England. Some of the key benefits of an apprenticeship are:
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Free training Earn a wage while learning Choice of 190 different frameworks Over 130,000 employers offering Apprenticeships Progression routes into higher education Paid holidays Learning a skill
Employment Most apprentices are employed by business and paid a salary that reflects their skills, experience, age and ability. The minimum salary that can be paid to an apprentice is £95 per week. Eligibility Participants need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education. Different Apprenticeships will have different entry requirements and you will need to discuss the details with the training provider. Apprenticeship Vacancies online will also detail any eligibility requirements within the adverts.
Apprenticeship Vacancies online is the web based system that allows people to register then search, view and apply for employed Apprenticeship vacancies. Log onto www.apprenticeships.org.uk for further information about Apprenticeships and to access Apprenticeship Vacancies online.
Published on Jun 21, 2010