Apprenticeships allow you to work, gain qualifications and valuable experience, whilst earning a salary.
Key facts about apprenticeships:
- It usually takes one to two years to complete your apprenticeship programme.
- You will earn a wage/salary, earning at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices initially and then the National Minimum Wage after your first year.
- You will receive free training and gain qualifications relevant to your work.
- Apprenticeships are a great alternative to university; you can study towards Degree level qualifications with no need for student loans!
- Some apprenticeships require you to attend college one day a week, others will involve studying at work, or a combination of both.
- You can start your apprenticeships at any time during the year.
- All you need is commitment to work and study hard, meet your deadlines, and attend regular meetings with your trainer/assessor.
- To be an apprentice,
- You must be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.
- You must be aged 16 or over - NB apprenticeships are available for anyone over the age of 16, not just young people!
- You must be working and have a contract of employment (minimum 30 hours per week)
- Even if you are already employed, you can start an apprenticeship in your current job
Levels of Apprenticeships:
- Level 2 Apprenticeship - equates to 5 good GCSE qualifications
- Level 3 Apprenticeship - equates to 2 ‘A’ Level qualifications
- Level 4 Apprenticeship - equates to a HNC Level qualification
- Degree* Apprenticeship - equivalent to a Degree
Apprenticeships contain the following elements
- A Competence Element – such as a Certificate or Diploma
- A Knowledge Element – attendance at college may be required
- Functional Skills in English, mathematics and in some cases ICT at the required level – attendance at college may be required
- Employee Rights & Responsibilities
- Personal Learning & Thinking Skills
Interested in becoming an apprentice?
- If you are employed, you need to ask your employer if they will support you with an apprenticeship and ask the employer to get in touch with Wirral Met's Apprenticeships & Business Networks team for advice on Apprenticeship opportunities - call 0151 551 7610.
- If you are not employed, you can check out the vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Vacancy Service website or :
Need advice or guidance on apprenticeships?
Call our Student Advisers on 0151 551 7777.