Earn while you learnApprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply. Apprentices aged 16-18 receive full government funding for their training but anyone aged over 19 will receive up to 50% of the training costs and the employer makes a contribution to the remainder of the training costs. All apprentices earn £3.50 per hour until they are aged 19 and over or if in the first year of the Apprenticeship. After this time the National Minimum Wage applies eg £5.60 for 18-20 year olds and £7.05 for those aged 21 and over. Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate does not apply to Higher Apprenticeships.
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What's an Apprenticeship?
A real qualification
Quality is key to Apprenticeships. All Apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.
Apprentices complete a framework of qualifications, such as an NVQ that supports the work that is carried out in the workplace, a technical certificate and Functional Skills qualifications in Maths, English and ICT that are completed during day release at Weymouth College.
A real future
After finishing, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer.
A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job.
Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.
Apprenticeships are designed with the help of employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you’re making progress. As an employee you will be in employment for most of your time as most training takes place on the job. The rest will take place at Weymouth College. You can complete this off-the-job training on day release or over a number of days in a block depending on the Apprenticeship you choose.