Below is a thread dedicated to all things Apprenticeship. This includes a lot of the FAQs seen on the Apprenticeships and alternatives to University recently.
I hope this helps.
In the UK your age is not a deciding factor. You can take on an apprenticeship at any age. I know people who were in their late 40's who took on and completed an apprenticeship. The only time age will be a factor is if the company who is offering the apprenticeship requests a certain age range.
I've been to college, can I still become an apprentice?
Yes. The only thing you can't do is study the same subject at the same level. For example; if you've studied Engineering at college and have been awarded with City and Guilds level 2 qualifications, you can't study a level 2 again. You can however study at level 3 and above.
How long will I be an apprentice?
This all depends on the subject you're studying and the level. Generally, the higher the level, the longer the course. However, there are exceptions.
How much will I get paid as an apprentice?
This will depend on your age.
- 16 to 18 years old and those that are 19 and over who are in their first year = £2.73 per hour.
- Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed their first year must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age.
Where can I find apprenticeship vacancies?
Take a look here:
What can I become an apprentice in?
Basically anything you can think of. Especially trades.
What qualifications do I need?
That will depend on which subject you're applying for. But most only ask for basic GCSE in English and Mathematics.
What can I do after an apprenticeship?
You could either go into higher learning, become a skilled member of your workforce or take on other training in your subject.
Is an apprenticeship for me?
If you give the Apprenticeships.org website a call you can ask them all about becoming an apprentice and then decide if it's the right route for you.
- 0800 015 0400 / 02476 826482 or email them at [email protected] .gov.uk
- https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk or call 0800 100 900
If I have missed any important questions post them below and I will be happy to add them on.
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Last edited by Balloon Baboon; 06-12-2014 at 14:26.
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