Throughout the year, the Wrotham Sixth Form team invites specialist advisers into the school to speak with students from years 10-13 about apprenticeships. A number of our 2016 and 2017 Year 13 students have gone on to study a variety of apprenticeships: Australian Horsemanship, Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Design and many more.
Searching for Apprenticeships
Kent County Council have recently opened a website specifically for apprenticeships in Kent.
The National Apprenticeships website is still worth searching, however, since some Kent employers haven’t moved all of their apprenticeship offers over to the Kent site yet.
There is also the UK University Search website that lists school leavers’ jobs and apprenticeships as they are released.
Apprenticeships – the Facts
If you live in England and are over 16 you can apply for an apprenticeship.
There are various levels of apprenticeship you can undertake depending on your current skills and qualifications:
- Intermediate apprenticeship (level 2)
- Advanced apprenticeship (level 3)
- Higher apprenticeship (levels 4-7)
- Degree apprenticeship (levels 6-7)
Degree apprenticeships are equivalent of qualifications that you would gain at university and go from level 4 (foundation degree) right up to level 7 (masters degree). For the most up to date list, click on this link for a document that is regularly updated with the 2018 listings and application dates.
What is an apprenticeship like?
All apprenticeships are real 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 for at least 30 hours per week and an apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of apprenticeship and the industry sector.
Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by a training organisation, either at the workplace, off-site (perhaps at college) or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace. This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.
If you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship might be for you. A traineeship is designed for young people who want to get a job and the skills and experience to boost their career prospects. A traineeship will provide the essential work experience, work preparation training, and English and maths support (if needed) to secure an apprenticeship or other employment. Visit our traineeships page for more information.
*Source: www.gov.uk ‘Guide to Apprenticeships’ Last Updated October 2015