National Apprenticeship Week 2017

National Apprenticeship Week 2017

6th – 10th March

Monday 6th March is the fist day of National Apprenticeship Week, the 10th anniversary. The plan is to bring together employers and apprentices from across England to notice and celebrate the success of apprenticeships over the last decade and will seek to encourage even more people to choose apprenticeships as a fast-track to a great career.
An apprenticeship is a great way to build a career. They can learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time. They will be employed, spending most of the time in the workplace gaining job-specific skills, but will also be supported by a training provider or FE college to build up knowledge and qualifications. Apprenticeship training can take between one and five years to complete and the length of your apprenticeship will depend on its level, the industry that the training takes place in and the skills the employee might already have. All apprentices under the age of 19, or in their first year of an Apprenticeship will be paid at least £3.40 per hour or £122 a week. Many apprentices earn significantly more.

Levels of an apprenticeship

You must be 16 or over to start an apprenticeship and there are four levels you can study at:

Name                     Level                Equivalent educational level
Intermediate        2                        5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C
Advanced              3                       2 A level passes
Higher                   4,5,6 and 7       Foundation degree and above
Degree                   6 and 7            Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Benefits of doing an apprenticeship are:

– Earning a salary
– Training in the skills employers want
– Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace
– Increased future earning potential
– apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training, and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime
– Learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor
– Paid holiday

Some great statistics about apprenticeships!

Apprenticeship map

Check out where some local apprenticeships are!