Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills, whilst studying for a nationally recognized qualification with a training provider or local college. Apprenticeships can be completed in one year or some will last for a total of four years. Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes you through the skills you need.
Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based training.
- 1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
- 2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeships
- 3 - Higher Apprenticeships
As From October 2014 the minimum wage for an apprentice is £2.73. This is set to increase to £3.30 from October 2015. However, on average an apprentice will take home around £170 per week and be entitled to holidays and pension contributions. If you are between the ages of 16-18 you do not have to pay any money for your training.
Applying for an Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years-old, whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. There may be different entry requirements depending on the Apprenticeship and the industry sector. However competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you.
All apprenticeships will be advertised here:
You will need to register on the site and search for apprenticeships using keywords, job roles and location. If you see any of interest you need to apply on line and you can apply for up to 10 vacancies at any one time. On the site you will complete an application and you will need to complete this to the best of your ability as this may be sent straight to employers. Some vacancies may direct you direct to the employers website to follow their application process.
There is also a mobile phone app "AV search" which gives full details of current apprenticeship vacancies in the Merseyside area:
Another useful website:
You can also download the following guides to help you find out more about applying for an apprenticeship:
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