Apprenticeships consist of nationally recognised qualifications, developed by industry and offers the chance to learn on the job.
The world is changing fast, with fierce competition for jobs, there has never been a better time to become an apprentice:
As an apprentice you earn while you learn and gain recognised qualification as you work.
You usually study one day a week at College and train in the workplace the rest of the week.
If you are aged 16 – 18 there will be no charge to your employer or yourself.
Apprenticeships can range between 12 – 36 months dependent upon the chosen occupational area, the level of the course and the ability of the learner.
To become an apprentice you will need a job in a company in the same line of work that you want to train in, ie if you are working for a plumber you would take a plumbing apprenticeship and likewise if you worked as a junior accountant/book keeper you would take an accountancy apprenticeship.
In the majority you will need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours a week and your employer should pay you at least the minimum apprenticeship wage of £2.65 per hour aged 16 – 19 and must allow you have additional training for one day a week, at College or in the work place.
What is the difference between studying on a full-time course and an apprenticeship course?
Generally when attending a full-time vocational course, you work towards a technical certificate. This is a qualification in its own right, where you learn the theory and the practical side of a trade whilst at College.
Apprenticeships are made up of a framework of qualifications. When taking an apprenticeship course, you will work towards a technical certificate (as in the full-time course), but also work towards an NVQ. An NVQ requires you to build a portfolio of evidence gathered whilst at work, to show that you can carry out what you have learnt at college in the working environment. An NVQ can be an advantage when looking for employment as it shows you have had work experience.
Functional skills is another qualification you will gain through an apprenticeship, generally numeracy and literacy but sometimes other skills such as working with others, team building etc. These are valuable skills that will be used within your trade and is an essential part of the apprenticeship.
Where do you start?
Most apprenticeships start in September but some can be started at other times of the year.
One of the ways North Notts College support local businesses is by providing training for Apprenticeships in a variety of sectors and through this process we are informed of any new apprenticeship vacancies available in the Bassetlaw area.
If you are interested in applying for an apprenticeship post, kindly fill in an application form and send into the College or ring 01909 504500 for further details.