Apprenticeships are a work based training scheme where people of any age can earn a wage while they work towards a nationally recognised qualification.
There are many types of apprenticeships out there covering all working sectors including but not limited to business administration, social care and construction. with many more being available.
With it getting increasingly more difficult for young people to find work, an apprenticeship offers the chance to learn the skills that employers are looking for and to gain some experience in a chosen field.
They can last anywhere between one to four years depending on the level of the apprenticeship, skills of the candidate and the sector in which the apprenticeship is in.
For example, most level 2 apprenticeships take between 12 to 18 months to complete where as a level 3 can take up to 24 months to complete. The length can be longer if the apprenticeship is on a part-time basis.
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You can use the following resources to search and apply for apprenticeships:
Apprenticeship information (pay and hours)
National wage rates as of April 2017:
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When an apprentice is in the first year of the apprenticeship they are entitled to the National minimum apprenticeship wage of £3.50, this applies to those of any age. Once the first year is over they are then entitled to the minimum wage of their age group, so long as they are over 19.
Most apprentices are expected to work at least 30 hours a week, this includes off the job learning that is expected of an apprenticeship. The off the job learning can range from 5% to 45% of the total apprenticeship working hours. This would depend on the employer, training provider and the qualification being worked towards.
For example, if an apprentice is contracted to 40 hours a week with 25% off the job learning, then they would be expected to do ten hours a week for the learning portion of the apprenticeship.
Hours for under 18s
If a worker is under 18 then they can not legally work for more than eight hours a day and 40 hours a week with a 12 hour break in between shifts. Also they are entitled to holidays that are relevant to the hours contracted to work. They should also have a 30 minute rest break if they work a shift of more than four a half hours.
For information on holiday entitlement visit the GOV.UK website
For more information regarding apprenticeship regulations visit the Acas website
Within the current working climate it has been noted that more and more employers are looking for candidates with both experience and a qualification as back up for the role at hand, so what better way for people to get these than by doing an apprenticeship, if you as an employer where to take on an apprentice, you obtain someone who is willing to both learn and work and to potentially become a vital part of the company.
Taking on an apprentice can boost the employment rate within the Salford area, by taking on an apprentice in Salford it gives our community the chance to gain more accessible and transferable skills that can be used to give back to Salford
By taking on a Salford apprentice, it allows you to increase the amount of employment that is being brought into the city, not only this it allows people to increase their skills and knowledge surrounding the given area of employment. This will intern give back the community and hopefully encourage more people to take on the role at hand.
There is funding available to support you throughout the apprenticeship, and also cash incentives for small and medium size companies.
If you are a company that takes on an apprentice aged 16-18 and have fewer than 50 employees then you can get 100%of the training costs paid for by the government. You will be responsible for paying the apprentices wage though.
This will also take affect to small companies who take on 19-24 year olds who were in care or with an Education, Health and Care plan.
For more information on available funding you can visit the following pages on the GOV.UK website:
Parents/carers and career adviser information
An apprenticeship is aimed at anyone aged 16 or over who have completed high school, it offers the chance for people to earn whilst they learn.
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