Q: What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship?
A: Benefits include earning a salary, getting paid holidays, receiving training, gaining qualifications and earning job-specific skills.
Q: How much do you get paid?
A. All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage. The rate per hour depends on your age and whether you’re an apprentice. The rates are usually updated every October. For the latest information go to the Government website
Q: What types of apprenticeship are available?
A. Lots! The apprenticeship website says there are over 150,000 employers “offering apprenticeships in more than 200,000 locations, covering more than 170 industries and 1,500 job roles”. Specific examples include:
- Animal care.
- Teaching assistant.
- Healthcare support worker.
- Dental nurse.
- Pharmacy technician.
- Cabin crew.
- Travel services.
- Design assistant.
- Hair and beauty.
Plus lots more…
Q: What levels of apprenticeship are available?
A. There are three types of apprenticeship you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications. These are:
- Intermediate level apprenticeships.
- Advanced Level Apprenticeships.
- Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.
Q: What are higher apprenticeships
A. The UCAS website conveys that higher apprenticeships provide an opportunity to gain a higher education qualification, such as an NVQ Level 4, HND or foundation degree. They can take from one to five years to complete, and involve part-time study at a college, university or training provider.
Use the apprenticeship website to check out the latest apprenticeship vacancies.
Q: What are degree apprenticeships
A. In March 2015 these were launched by the government. They have been developed by businesses, universities and colleges. Apprentices will split their time between university study and the workplace and will be employed throughout – gaining a full bachelor’s or master’s degree from a top university while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.
Use the UCAS apprenticeship website to search for degree apprenticeship vacancies.
Q: What are the entry requirements for intermediate and advanced apprenticeships?
A. They vary. An apprenticeship is like a job and students need to demonstrate a strong interest in their chosen apprenticeship area and be ready to start a job! You need to check the apprenticeship vacancies for the specific entry requirements. For example, some may want 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (or 4-9), others may ask for a Level 2 qualification in English and maths (such as GCSEs at A*-C/4-9 or a Level 2 Award in Functional Skills). Some may ask you to take a numeracy and literacy test before you are accepted onto the Apprenticeship.
Q: How do I apply for an apprenticeship?
A. You need to search and apply using the apprenticeship website.
The Streetly Academy Sixth Form also organises an annual visit to What Career Live, usually at the beginning of March at the NEC. This allows students to explore the full range of post-school options, from apprenticeships to university degrees and training courses.
Q: What is a traineeship?
A. Traineeships are an option if you want to work but need extra help to gain an apprenticeship or job. Traineeships will give you the opportunity to develop the skills and workplace experience that employers require.
You can search and apply for traineeships using the apprenticeship website.
Q: Is any support available to help me search for an apprenticeship?
A. Yes, see Mrs Westlake, the school’s careers adviser.