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Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace.
An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called 'framework' developed by Sector Skills Councils. Most Apprenticeship frameworks follow a standard format that comprises:
ATG Training will provide the knowledge and develop skills while the employer provides the practical experience to put those skills to the test. Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in a workplace, depending on the subject.
No - you can continue on the same Apprenticeship programme.
Yes - you can do an Apprenticeship but you will not be eligible for funding. That means your employer would have to pay your training costs.
Getting qualified while on the job can also mean:
Career progression is excellent for Apprentices. Some Apprenticeships already attract UCAS points or allow you to study for a Technical Certificate. Once the Apprenticeship has finished there's the opportunity to carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university.
Yes. It's up to you to choose an employer but ATG Training can help you decide. You can see a list of ATG Training's current Apprenticeship vacancies here
The employer will give you an induction into the company and your role. They provide on-the-job training and pay your wages. Each Apprentice has a manager/supervisor at work who will be responsible for helping you through your training.
Different Apprenticeships have different entry requirements. However the most important requirements are that:
The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the Apprentice, the qualification being obtained and industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete.
No. While you are on an Apprenticeship your employer pays you a salary and supports you whilst you undertake your training. Most of the training is 'on the job' within the workplace.
Yes, all employed Apprentices will get a wage. The Apprentice 'National Minimum Wage' is currently £2.73 per hour . However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages - in fact, research has found that Apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week.
The Apprentice 'National Minimum Wage' applied to all 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. If you reach age 19 and have completed the first year of your Apprenticeship your employer must pay you at least the 'full National Minimum Wage' rate for those aged 18 to 20.
If you are already 19 and have completed the first year of your Apprenticeship you must be paid at least the 'National Minimum Wage' rate for your age. For more information on the 'National Minimum Wage' please see the 'National Minimum Wage' Q&As
Yes. As is the case of all employees aged over 16, Apprentices must still pay tax and national insurance on their income.
Yes. In some limited cases, Apprentices can claim additional benefits. You can find out more on benefit claims at www.dwp.gov.uk.
Yes. If your employer agrees, you can become an Apprentice where you work now.
Like most other employees, you will be given at least 20 days' paid holiday per year as well as bank holidays.
You can apply at any time of year. When you begin the work-based training depends upon the availability of a position at an employer.
Most Apprentices are employed and therefore have the same rights as other employees. To find out more about your rights as an Apprentice go to www.worksmart.org.uk.
The selection process is just like any other job application process. Individuals are put through a series of interviews, and in some cases, tests, to establish if they are the right fit for the role.
There are a number of elements to each Apprenticeship and this is called the Framework. This means you will get a range of qualifications as you progress through your training and education. Each Apprenticeship framework has three main strands.
The three strands are sometimes accompanied by additional qualifications to give the most relevant skills and knowledge required for the job that you are employed in.
Many different industry sectors share the same skill sets. These core skills are transferable across sectors and are built into the Apprenticeship to maximise flexibility and choice for employers and Apprentices. They include:
Yes - employers and providers cannot post vacancies that are not linked to a real post. Details of ATG Training's current Apprenticeship vacancies can be found here.
The Apprentice National Minimum Wage is currently £2.73 per hour
An Apprenticeship is a package of work and on and off the job training. It is right that Apprentices are paid for all the time they are on the Apprenticeship. That includes training time.
The rate is set to be consistent with current arrangements in parts of the UK. The Low Pay Commission has recommended a rate that is fair to apprentices and does not discourage employers from offering Apprenticeships. The Government has accepted the rate recommended. The rate is a minimum, employers can pay more - and many do so.
The NMW rates are reviewed each year by the Low Pay Commission.
If you have a query regarding your salary then it is suggested that you should contact your employer, if you are having difficulty contacting your employer or would like further clarification then please speak to us here at ATG Training, HM Revenue and Customs, or contact the Pay and Work Rights Helpline.
Not necessarily. The apprentice NMW applies to all 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.
If you reach age 19 and have completed the first year of your Apprenticeship your employer must pay you at least the full NMW rate for those aged 18 to 20.
If you are already 19 and have completed the first year of your Apprenticeship you must be paid at least the NMW rate for your age.
The Apprentice NMW applies to all new and existing Apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.
The change does not affect those Apprentices aged 19 or over who have already completed a year of their Apprenticeship - they will continue to be entitled to be paid at least at the full NMW rate appropriate to their age.
Apprentices are those on a contract of Apprenticeship or those on a Government funded Apprenticeship. If you are not in one of these categories your employers must pay you at least the minimum wage appropriate to your age.
There is no reason for your employer to cut your pay. It is a minimum below which you should not be paid - it is neither a standard rate, nor rate for all Apprenticeships.
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