Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and gain practical skills from the workplace. All employed Apprentices get a wage.
£4.81 is the National Minimum Apprentice Rate from April 2022, for Apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.
Note: some employers will pay Apprentices more than the National Minimum Wage.
Which Apprenticeship should I do?
There are three levels of Apprenticeships. Depending on your prior qualifications, you can choose from:
- These are Level 2 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to GCSE Grades 9 – 4.
- Level 3 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to A Levels.
- Level 4 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to Certificates of Higher Education 18+, Higher National Certificates, and Foundation Degrees.
How do I get an Apprenticeship?
There are a number of ways to get an Apprenticeship. You may need some qualifications, but more importantly dedication, commitment, hard work, attention to detail, and an ability to sell yourself in writing and at interview. Be prepared to apply for several apprenticeships, as competition is very high.
- On the National Apprenticeships website, you can register to receive updates and search current vacancies > www.getingofar.gov.uk
- To find Apprenticeships in your local community, and nationally, you can visit the gov.uk website > www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch
- The Apprenticeship page on the Not Going To Uni website offers helpful tips and advice as well as hosting current apprenticeship opportunities.
- Look at specific company websites, in particular the ‘Careers’ or ‘Jobs’ sections of their websites.
- Contact a local company to see if they offer Apprenticeships or would be willing to take an Apprentice. You would be expected to send in a speculative letter and your CV. There is government funding for Employers to offer Apprenticeships.