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Apprenticeships are growing fast and we are often asked similar questions in regards to this learning pathway. Please see the sections below to find out more information.
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Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining internationally recognised qualifications, workplace experience and skills, and earning a salary. They can take between one and four years depending on the level of apprenticeship, the apprentices' ability and the industry sector. Usually they take 12-24 months. Anyone living in England, over the age of 16, and not in full time education can apply.
Aspiral Learning works closely with employers to help them fill apprenticeship vacancies. Please do not rely on this though. We always recommend that you actively seek employment yourself. You are also able to search for vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Service website and the Apprentices for Business website. Apprentices for Business work closely with Aspiral Learning to provide flexible recruitment and they will endeavour to match you with employers who are looking to recruit motivated young people.
Our BCoT Recruits service can help you find a relevant employer. For more details please contact 01256 306237.
Anyone living in England, over the age of 16 and not in full time education
You must have an employer in a relevant industry
BCoT can support you in finding an Apprenticeship position with an employer.
Apprenticeships are not just for school and college leavers. Employed adults are also able to undertake an apprenticeship programme with the support of their employer.
Apprenticeships are available from level 2 (intermediate) to degree level (level 6/7).
Some apprenticeships will require you to start at Level 2, regardless of your previous qualifications; these tend to be skilled trades where you need to learn the basic skills before you can progress. Other Apprenticeships will allow you to go straight in at a higher level, providing you have appropriate qualifications and are in a job role that supports achievement of the competence qualifications. Our apprenticeship course sheets explain the entry criteria for each apprenticeship.
As you would expect, your earning potential as an apprentice will be in line with the industry that you are choosing to enter. As an employee who has come to learn, initially you may find that you’re being paid a minimum wage. However, as your skills and knowledge grow and you become more valuable to your employer, you will almost certainly find that this is reflected in your wage packed.
All apprentices must receive a minimum hourly rate of £3.50 in the first year of their apprenticeship. (NB: this usually rises from 1st October each year).
You don’t have to pay anything. Employers, with the exception of small employers (with less than 50 employees) training a 16-18 year old apprentice, are expected to contribute to the cost of the training. As an employee, you have the same employment rights and responsibilities as any other employee and you will not be treated any differently. You are entitled to holidays, fair working hours and breaks. The tasks you are asked to carry out may differ slightly because you are undergoing a training programme.
When you start your apprenticeship you will be assigned a Training Consultant who will create a learning plan for you and review your progress throughout the apprenticeship. Your mentor is also there to deal with any concerns or issues you may have with either the apprenticeship programme or your employer. You will also have a Tutor if you are attending college, an Assessor for the work based learning element and access to the college's learner services department
On your apprenticeship, you will be working towards a number of qualifications that combine both work-place based tasks and theory knowledge. When you complete, as well as these individual qualifications, you will receive an overall Apprenticeship Certificate too.
If you don’t have a grade A* to C (4 to 9) in English and/or maths, you will continue to study English and maths functional skills, as appropriate. For some apprenticeships, there is also a requirements to study functional skills IT, if you don’t already have an equivalent GCSE IT qualification at grade A* to C (4 to 9). Functional skills will not be required for most Higher Apprenticeships as you would have achieved these prior to enrolling. These qualifications are nationally recognised and your programme can be transferred to an alternative employer at any point, if necessary.
You may wish to progress onto the next level of apprenticeship which would have to be in agreement with your employer as they will need to provide continued support. BCoT also offer a variety of part time evening courses which may benefit you in your job role and career progression.
An apprenticeship is a work-based training programme designed around the needs of employers, which can lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprenticeships at BCoT do have entry criteria and each candidate will be assessed to ascertain their current level to ensure suitability onto the chosen apprenticeship programme.Apprenticeships are available for newly recruited staff and existing employees and there is no maximum age restriction. They help to refresh, enhance and develop your workforce to meet the growing needs of your business. Upon completion of an apprenticeship, employees not only achieve a nationally recognised qualification but will have gained the skills and knowledge required to make a positive impact within your organisation.
Taking on an apprentice or providing opportunities for your existing staff to undertake an Apprenticeship can benefit you as an employer by:
Employers, with the exception of small employers (up to 50 employees) training 16-18 year old apprentices, are expected to contribute towards the cost of the training.
Larger employers (with a paybill over £3 million) can use their levy funds to pay for the training. Other employers (except those previously mentioned) who don’t pay the levy are expected to contribute 10 % to the costs of the training with the Government paying the other 90%. The costs vary depending on the apprenticeship programme.
Click here to view the new Funding Guide for Employers for Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships for those 24 years of age and above, which was issued by the National Apprenticeship Service.
For apprenticeships in Engineering, Automotive, Hairdressing, Beauty, Barbering, Accountancy and Construction, learners attend college on a day release basis.
Apprenticeships in Business Administration, Childcare, Customer Service, Management, Team Leading, Support Teaching and Learning, Hospitality and Warehousing are delivered in the workplace and can be started at any time of the year. Please contact us for further details.
If you are interested in recruiting an apprentice please contact Claire Morris, Business Development Manager, on 07827 360667. We will check our files and recommend suitable candidates for your consideration. If there are no suitable candidates held on file then we can assist by:
Yes. Apprenticeships are not only for school and college leavers seeking employment; your existing staff can also enjoy the benefits. Employers find that training their existing staff through an apprenticeship programme is a cost effective training solutionAspiral Learning offer a wide range of Apprenticeships (including a Management Degree Apprenticeship) that can be started at any point throughout the year, please contact the team to discuss in further detail.
Yes, grants of £1000 are available for small employers (up to 50 employees) training a 16-18 year old apprentice.