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
Apprenticeship programmes include:
- 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
New employer-desiged apprenticeship standards are being introduced and will replace the current apprenticeship frameworks by 2020. Each standard covers a specific occupation and sets out the core skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need.
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 Employer Services 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.
Did you know?
As an apprentice in the Liverpool City Region, you are entitled to half price travel which will help you get to and from work.
The new Apprentice Travelcard means young people enrolled in apprenticeships can get half price unlimited bus travel across Merseyside when buying weekly and four-weekly Solo tickets from Merseytravel.
That means you could save more than £400 every year.
The Apprentice Travelcard is available for anyone aged between 19 – 24 living in the Liverpool City Region who’s currently enrolled on an approved apprenticeship with an Education and Skills funding agency.
For more information visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk/Apprentice