Key Information

Key benefits

  • Earn a salary while you learn
  • Achieve an industry recognised qualification
  • On the job training, to develop your career and increase your earning potential
  • Development of transferable skills (inc English and maths)
  • No debts, the government and your employer pay your fees
  • No upper age limit

On the Job Training

A very appealing aspect of an apprenticeship is that it offers the opportunity to get practical on the job training. It is easier to learn about an industry and start on your career path by getting stuck in rather than just studying it. The on the job training allows you to put everything you are learning into practice and apply your knowledge to real life scenarios. A structured training programme will be created by your employer that enables you both to make the most of the apprenticeship.

Qualifications

Most apprenticeships have a nationally recognised qualification. This will consist of time in the classroom as well as coursework, which the apprentice will have to manage alongside their employment.

What is an apprenticeship?

With an apprenticeship, you have a fantastic opportunity to earn while you learn, gain confidence and real life experience in the workplace.  You are employed by a company as an apprentice for the term of the apprenticeship, combining on the job training whilst studying for a nationally recognised qualification.

How will I be supported?

Once you've started your apprenticeship, you will be appointed an in-house mentor. This will typically be a senior member of staff who will provide you with guidance and support throughout your role. In addition, you will be allocated an assessor/tutor from Dynamic Training who will support you through your qualification and training.

How many hours must I work?

Working hours vary depending on your employer, however an apprentice has to be employed for a minimum of 30 paid hours per week, including any off the job training.

How much can I earn?

New apprentices (on apprenticeship fixed term contracts)

You are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, the current minimum rate for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour (as of April 2017). This rate applies to apprentice's aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of their apprenticeships.

If you are over 19 and have completed the first 12 months of training you will be entitled to the current National Minimum Wage rate for your age

You must be paid for your normal hours of work and any training that is part of your apprenticeship. 

Will I get paid holidays?

You will be entitled to the same holiday as the rest of the employees, typical entitlement is 20 days paid holiday per year plus bank holidays.

 

Year

25 and over

21 to 24

18 to 20

Under 18

Apprentice

April 2017

£7.50

£7.05

£5.60

£4.05

£3.50

 

Example A

An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.50

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

Example B

An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £7.05

Your salary will depend on your employer, location and the apprenticeship job role, there is no single rate of pay for apprentices. Some employers pay more than the national minimum wage for apprentices.  Your salary will be subject to national insurance contributions and income tax.

Existing staff members

For those of you who are existing staff members for whom your employer is offering the opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship to either upskill or retrain, your existing rate of pay will not be affected.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

The duration of an apprenticeship depends on the type of apprenticeship you are on. The minimum time for an intermediate (Level 2) apprenticeship is 12 months, however for higher and degree level apprenticeships, this will increase to up to 5 years (* subject to the apprenticeship job role).

What are apprenticeship levels?

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

Name

Level

Equivalent educational level

Intermediate

2

GCSE

Advanced

3

A level

Higher

4,5,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above

Degree

6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree

 

Credit Information from https://www.gov.uk/apprenticeships-guide

Are apprenticeships widely available?

Apprenticeships have evolved significantly, and today you will be able to find hundreds of apprenticeships created specifically by industry leaders to address their business needs.  A wide variety of job roles in many sectors are currently available to you.

Am I eligible for an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship are open to anyone aged 16 or over, entitled to live in England and who are no longer in full time education.  Whether you are looking to enter the world of work or are already in the workplace looking to upskill or retrain, apprenticeships can offer the opportunity you seek.  Apprenticeships are real jobs for real people. As there is no upper age limit, apprenticeships can be a great way for working professionals to achieve career progression or career changers to learn a new profession.

Entry requirements for apprenticeships

The entry requirement for apprenticeships can differ depending on the type and level of the apprenticeship you are applying for. The entry requirements will be specified in the apprenticeship details.

I have a degree, can I be an apprentice?

Government funded higher apprenticeships are now accessible to you if you already hold a Level 4 qualification or above as long as the apprenticeship is in an unrelated subject.

How do I apply for an apprenticeship?

Dynamic Training partners with employers to assist in the recruitment of apprentices and our current apprenticeship vacancies are listed on our website on our current apprenticeship vacancies page

Alternatively, you are able to search and apply for all apprenticeship vacancies using the National Apprenticeship Service website

Should you have any questions that haven’t been covered in the information here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via hello@dynamictraining.org.uk

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