Apprenticeships are a Government – funded training programme offered to mainly 16 – 19 years olds to train why they work. There are over 1500 job roles, covering more than 170 industries in the UK across a broad range of occupations/sectors. They can last from one to four years and give the young person chance to train in a particular sector or vocation which will lead to a specialised qualification as well as also earning a salary. At present in England, apprentices over the age of 19 are entitled to the national minimum wage after they have completed the first 12 months of their Apprenticeship.
Those under the age of 19 or in the first 12 months of their training are currently entitled to an Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage, which is set by the Low Pay Commission on an annual basis. The current rate is £3.40 per hour as of October 2016 (this rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age).
There are three main types of apprenticeship:
An Intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to five good GCSE passes. Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 2, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC. These provide the skills required for the apprentice’s chosen career and allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.
An Advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to two A-level passes. Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 3, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based certificate such as a BTEC. To start this programme, the applicant should ideally have five GCSEs at grade C or above or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship.
Higher apprentices work towards workbased learning qualifications such as an NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation degree. New Higher Apprenticeship frameworks are being developed as part of the Higher Apprenticeship Development Fund and will be available from 2012/13. Apprentices can also progress to higher education, including university degrees.
The school provides PSHE lessons and guest speakers to inform and cater for those student wishing to undertake an apprenticeship. Parents can access more information via the attachment below
Below are some useful websites you might find useful:
Links to current apprenticeship vacancies