Apprenticeships combine education, real-work experience and employment. It offers you, the learner, the opportunity to gain real industry experience while achieving a nationally recognised qualification and earn a salary.
Apprenticeships can take 1-4 years depending on the level and sector. At Skills College UK we deliver the following Apprenticeships:
- Intermediate, Level 2 Apprenticeships in Exercise & Fitness and Customer Service
- Advanced, Level 3 Apprenticeships in Management, Exercise & Fitness, Customer Service
- Higher, Level 4 and 5 Apprenticeships in Management
Please call our Apprenticeship team on 01925 506507 for more information on eligibility and who can apply to be an Apprentice in England.
A summary of the eligibility criteria is listed below:
- 16 years or over
- Living in England (or EEA for past 3 years)
- Not in full time education
Apprenticeships offer you the opportunity to earn as you learn. During your Apprenticeship you will earn a salary, complete a nationally recognised qualification and develop core skills such as numeracy and literacy. The bulk of your Apprenticeship will be delivered in the workplace with 20% of your time being off the job training.
The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £3.50 per hour. The same applies if you’re 19 and over and in the first year of your Apprenticeship, after that you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. However, many employers pay more than this.
Drive, commitment, punctuality and a passion for the industry. Ultimately, employers look for someone who is eager to learn and develop a long term career in that industry. If you are applying for an Apprenticeship or a job, check out our Employment Tips page for free information, CV templates and interview tips.
An apprenticeship programme is all about your development and long term career support. There’s a number of benefits to completing an Apprenticeship:
- Industry recognised qualifications
- You could work towards a degree, debt free
- A Job and a salary
- Experience – you’ll gain practical and relevant experience
- The chance to make contacts in your chosen field
One of the main benefits to an employer is having the ability to support learners in developing key competencies in your industry. This will not only support you in completing day to day operations but also sustain the quality of your service delivery by instilling your ethos in an Apprentice.
There are also cost saving benefits to employing an Apprentice, but, we feel this is a secondary benefit behind supporting a local learner in developing industry skills to succeed in a long term career.
The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funding rules describe that ‘Off-the-job training is training received by the apprentice, during the apprentice’s paid hours, for the purpose of achieving their apprenticeship. It is not training delivered for the sole purpose of enabling the apprentice to perform the work for which they have been employed.’
Off the job training is designed to ensure that learners develop a more ’rounded’ set of skills to support their long term career options and to further support the employer.
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