Why should I consider an Apprenticeship?

Businesses need employees who can combine technical knowledge with practical skills. Apprenticeships can help you to begin a career in a chosen industry, learn practical skills and achieve nationally recognised qualifications whilst earning money. Apprenticeships are government backed training schemes aimed at people aged between 16-24 and because of their success, have now been extended to cover a wider age group. As an Apprentice, you will be employed in your chosen industry and receive on-the-job training from your employer and will normally attend College one day per week.

What are the entry requirements for Apprenticeships?

To study an Apprenticeship at Craven College you will ideally have achieved 3 GCSEs 9 – 3 (A*-D).

As well as these general entry qualifications, each Apprenticeship may have its own specific entry requirements (see individual Apprenticeship requirements). All Apprenticeships require an interview and any experience you have will be taken into consideration.

What sort of person is accepted on to an Apprenticeship?

In addition to the entry requirements, you will need to be able to show that you can use your initiative, have fully researched the career area in which you want to work in and that you are the right person for the job. You will need to be aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who employs you.

How do I find a job?

If you are looking for an Apprenticeship, we can help you to find suitable employment and provide the support and training necessary. Following your application, you will be assigned an Apprenticeship Co-ordinator to help you decide which Apprenticeship is right for you and help you find an appropriate employer. They will monitor your training and employment and support you throughout your Apprenticeship.

What if I already have a job?

If you already have a job you may be eligible to receive free training and gain qualifications as an Apprentice.

Are there different levels of Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are split into three levels: Intermediate Apprenticeship, Advanced Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship. We can help you choose the right one for you based on your experience and the job opportunities in your chosen area.

Who can be an Apprentice?

Anyone over 16 can apply but offers are subject to being eligible for funding. You must be employed within the same industry as your chosen Apprenticeship and be working at least 30 hours per week (this can include time spent in training). You must have been an EU citizen/resident in the UK for at least 3 years. 

Apprenticeship funding is also subject to previous qualifications and experience. Our Apprenticeship Co-ordinators will be able to advise candidates about their eligibility for funding on application. 

How much will I get paid?

You will be guaranteed at least the National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage. Many employers pay more.

Will I need a CV?

Yes – a CV with details of your education, qualifications to-date, work experience (paid or voluntary) and other relevant skills or experience will be necessary. Your Apprenticeship Co-ordinator can help you with your CV and help you prepare for interviews.

Do I need to be employed when starting my Apprenticeship?

Yes – if you already have a job, you may already be eligible for an Apprenticeship or you may be looking for a job. We can help you to successfully locate employment and then provide the training necessary for the Apprenticeship.

How long do Apprenticeships take?

An Apprenticeship will usually take anything from 12-24 months at Level 2 and up to 3 years for a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship.

Am I too old to benefit from Apprenticeship funding?

All candidates between the ages of 16-18 are entitled to full Apprenticeship funding at all levels subject to previous qualifications. Apprenticeships for candidates aged over 19 may be subject to an employer contribution.

How do I get started on an Apprenticeship?

You’ll need to think carefully about the field of work in which you want to train. Contact us for more information and a chat about opportunities available.

Can I progress on to Further or Degree level study?

Most Apprenticeships offer a potential progression from a Level 2 to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship and in some instances you could progress onto a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship, if available. There is also the option to go on to achieve other industry qualifications or progress to Degree level study.

What qualifications do I get when I’ve finished my Apprenticeship?

You’ll get a package of qualifications – normally an Apprenticeship involves a Diploma/Certificate and sometimes an NVQ. These qualifications demonstrate your knowledge and practical competency. You may also leave with Functional Skills at an appropriate Level. An Apprentice can choose additional courses or qualifications that complement their learning and will also have the opportunity to develop their Maths and English skills if required.

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