Frequently Asked Questions

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are a programme of work-based training and education. Apprenticeships include the following basic elements:

- A nationally recognised qualification (QCF)
- Functional Skills, e.g. ICT, Maths and English.
- A technical certificate
- Other qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular occupation.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

There is not a set time to complete Apprenticeships as they vary widely in content and size. The length of time taken will depend on the ability of the individual Apprentice, qualification requirements and framework type. Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships vary from 12 to 18 months. This would be agreed at the start of the Apprenticeship.

How old can I be to do an Apprenticeship?

All applicants must have officially left school before they commence onto an Apprenticeship.

What skills and qualifications will I need to enter an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships vary on the requirements for entry but generally they are designed to attract capable individuals who have the ability and motivation to undergo the training involved and to complete the Apprenticeship.

How much time do I spend at work?

The programme is full time, which is 37 hours per week. You'll be at work for most of your time as most training is on-the-job. You will complete off-the-job training on day release. Apprenticeships within the Adult Care industry may require shift work.

When should I apply?

We recruit at different times of the year. Craft Apprentices are recruited in Spring each year. Look for the latest positions by using the search facility. If the vacancy is closed, you can register for e-mail alerts when an Apprenticeship is advertised.

Do I have to pay anything to become an Apprentice?

No. It's free and you get a training allowance of £98.05 per week (paid monthly)