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How do apprenticeships work?

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England and are available at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels.

All apprenticeships are genuine jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. You must be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage and many employers pay significantly more.

Apprentices should work enough hours each week so that they can undertake sufficient, regular training and on-the-job activity.

As an apprentice you’ll:

be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay

work alongside experienced staff

gain job-specific skills

get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours)

What level of apprenticeships are there?

Apprenticeships programmes span from level 2 –7. Level 6 & 7 are intended to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree

How long do apprenticeships last?

The duration of an apprenticeship varies depending on the apprenticeship that you choose. The minimum duration of an apprenticeship is 12 months. Some higher-level or degree-level apprenticeships can run up to 48 months. Check the apprenticeship standard specification for the length of the programme.

Can a graduate participate in an apprenticeship?

Yes, from April 2017 funding has been available to all graduates, regardless of their experience or age. The apprenticeship that they are using must be significantly different to the qualifications they already hold so new skills are learned.

How much should apprentices get paid?

All apprentices get paid a salary and this will differ depending on the job role. The employer must comply with the national minimum wage legislation

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-national-minimum-wage-in-2020

Apprentices must be offered the same conditions as other employees working on similar grades or in similar roles, including, paid holidays, sick pay, and any benefits you offer e.g. childcare voucher schemes, coaching or mentoring etc.

How do I get an apprenticeship?

You will need to apply to an organisation with an apprenticeship vacancy, as you would any other job. You will then go through a selection process, which can vary depending on the organisation, and, if successful, will then be offered the apprenticeship.

Only once you have secured your apprenticeship will you be enrolled with NCH at Northeastern.

Are there minimum entry requirements?

No. However, typically the minimum requirements are as follows:

3 Cs or above at A-level (for Data Science or Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeships)

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 (including English, Maths and IT)

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Additionally, You need to be UK or EEA citizen or have been a UK or EEA resident for at least 3 years

You will need to be 16 by the time you start your apprenticeship

How long will my contract be?

Your contract will usually be a fixed-term contract for the duration of your apprenticeship, although some employers will offer an open-ended arrangement. Employment on a fixed term contract may be converted into a permanent, full-time arrangement if the opportunity arises.