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Apprentices' Frequently Asked Questions

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 18 Jan 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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If you are considering an apprenticeship then it is natural that you will have a lot of questions about doing one. Here are a few FAQs to help you along the way.

What Is An apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship combines a job with structured training and working towards a national qualification. It is recognised by employers across the country and is an alternative choice to further education or just entering employment.

Who Can Do An Apprenticeship?

Anyone who is over the age of sixteen and not in full time education can apply to do an apprenticeship. There are no formal qualifications needed to do an apprenticeship so certain sectors may ask for GCSEs (A-C) in English, Maths and Science.

Will I Get Paid To Do It?

One of the great things about doing an apprenticeship is that you will get paid to do it. As at October 2016 the minimum wage for apprentices under the age of 19 or over 19 but in their first year of apprenticeship is £3.30 per hour. Apprenticies aged 19 or over who have completed one year of their apprenticeship are entitled to receive the National Minimum Wage applicable to their age. You are counted as a regular employee so get all the benefits such as holiday and sick leave as well.

What Qualification Will I Earn?

During your apprenticeship you will work towards a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). This is a well recognised qualification that will help you in your career. You may also have the chance to work on professional qualifications such as City and Guilds.

Are There Different Levels Of Apprenticeship?

There are two different levels of apprenticeship. During an apprenticeship you will work towards an NVQ2 which is equivalent to 5 good GSCEs. Or you can work towards an NVQ3 on an advanced apprenticeship which is equivalent to 2 A level passes.

What Can I Do An Apprenticeship In?

There are over 180 apprenticeships available across 80 different sectors so there is a lot to choose from. Some popular areas are construction, manufacturing and business administration.

How Long Does An Apprenticeship Take?

There is no set time for completing an apprenticeship. It depends on each individual, their progress and how quickly they complete the training. An average time for an apprenticeship though is about 2 or 3 years.

Where Can I Find Out About Vacancies?

There are a number of different ways to find out about vacancies. Visit your local jobcentre, keep an eye on job adverts or call the apprenticeship helpline on 08000 150 600

How Do I Apply?

Applying for an apprenticeship is like applying for a job so you will have to got through an application process. This will usually involve a written application and then an interview where you will have to impress your employer.

What Do I Do When I’ve Finished?

It is up to you what you do when you have finished your apprenticeship. There may be an opportunity to stay on at the same company or you may want to look for a new job. Alternatively, you may decide that you would like to gain more qualification by staying on at college or applying for university.

By making sure you have all the information you need, you can make an informed decision about whether an apprenticeship is the right path for you.

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Hi there I'm just wondering something I just finished my lvl 2 NVQ apprenticeship and my employer said I need to do a 1 year salon training for level 3 to be more prepared which I agree on. However does this one year I'm getting trained in salon I'm not going to college or anything everything is finished I'm qualified , am I still on a apprenticeship wage or should I ask her to be put on a full time contract and get paid more then when I'm ready for lvl 3 we change?
Gabriel - 18-Jan-18 @ 1:46 PM
I am currently at a hairdressing college and I've got a placement in a salon. I was wondering if it was possible to move to a different college but stay in the same placement?
xvtyra - 9-Jan-18 @ 9:47 AM
Chantelle - Your Question:
I am continuing my apprentaship for another year, and I’m currently doing my Level 2 NVQ, but do I have to do another NVQ for the sencond year

Our Response:
You would have to speak to your apprentice provider/employer directly regarding this matter.
AnApprenticeship - 16-Nov-17 @ 1:41 PM
I am continuing my apprentaship for another year, and I’m currently doing my Level 2 NVQ, but do I have to do another NVQ for the sencond year
Chantelle - 15-Nov-17 @ 8:34 PM
JD - Your Question:
Who do you complain to if you feel an employer has broken employment law with regards an apprenticeship?

Our Response:
You can see more via the gov.uk link here, which should help answer your question.
AnApprenticeship - 14-Nov-17 @ 11:37 AM
Who do you complain to if you feel an employer has broken employment law with regards an apprenticeship?
JD - 13-Nov-17 @ 12:10 PM
Lucy4791 - Your Question:
I completed my level 3 management course with a online training company 27th September. its 28th October and I've not heard anything or had certificate, how long will it take? My friend completed hers with a different company 2days after me and received her certificates 4days ago. my tutor said she is waiting for the Claims for the certificates to come back - whatever this means. thanksLuciie

Our Response:
You would have to get in touch with the company directly to find this out.
AnApprenticeship - 30-Oct-17 @ 12:04 PM
I completed my level 3 management course with a online training company 27th September... its 28th October and I've not heard anything or had certificate, how long will it take? My friend completed hers with a different company 2days after me and received her certificates 4days ago... my tutor said she is waiting for the Claims for the certificates to come back - whatever this means... thanks Luciie
Lucy4791 - 28-Oct-17 @ 2:12 PM
annie - Your Question:
Hi - Can I leave my apprenticeship for another one as it's costing me a fortune in petrol. I need to find one closer to home. thanks

Our Response:
You would have to read the terms and conditions of your employment contract. This should contain the information regarding notice periods and whether you may have to repay your training costs etc if you leave before the period of the contract ends.
AnApprenticeship - 6-Oct-17 @ 9:53 AM
Hi - Can I leave my apprenticeship for another one as it's costing me a fortune in petrol. I need to find one closer to home. thanks
annie - 5-Oct-17 @ 12:45 PM
Hi i finishe a level 2 apprenticeship in hospitality is it possible to do another level2 apprenticeship for a different qualification? thanks
PeTe._.Pl - 27-Sep-17 @ 3:32 PM
I am currently 19 years old and doing my level 2 in child care. I started my apprenticeship on the 19th of September 2016, so I have been there a year. However due to my tutor being off ill, I didn't start my course work until the end of December. Should my wage go up once I've been there a year or once I've got my certificate back?
Chloalisha - 26-Sep-17 @ 5:51 PM
Hi, My son is a UK citizen living in Australia where he will complete his year 12 education next year, he has been offered a Bricklaying apprenticeship in the UK in the family business towards the end of 2018, will he be eligible for government funding? He will be 17 years old.Thanks
Curly - 26-Sep-17 @ 12:40 AM
Molli - Your Question:
I have done a year in childcare and I should hopefully have my grade for it. However, I'm hoping to do an apprenticeship. Will the government fund for me to do this?

Our Response:
You can see more via the gov.uk link here which should answer your question.
AnApprenticeship - 8-Sep-17 @ 10:51 AM
I have done a year in childcare and I should hopefully have my grade for it. However, I'm hoping to do an apprenticeship. Will the government fund for me to do this?
Molli - 7-Sep-17 @ 2:37 PM
Wiggy - Your Question:
I'm a new apprentice and planning to move south before the apprenticeship finishes so it won't be practical to continue working for the same company. Will I be able to join another company as an apprentice or are there rules preventing this? Can I pick up where I left off or do I need to start again from scratch?

Our Response:
You would have to check the terms and conditions of your apprenticeship contract and speak directly to your apprentice provider regarding this. As a rule you should be able to transfer your apprenticeship, if you can find another similar position and day-release course (if applicable) that fits in. .
AnApprenticeship - 5-Sep-17 @ 3:18 PM
I'm a new apprentice and planning to move south before the apprenticeship finishes so it won't be practical to continue working for the same company. Will I be able to join another company as an apprentice or are there rules preventing this? Can I pick up where I left off or do I need to start again from scratch?
Wiggy - 5-Sep-17 @ 7:48 AM
Shak - Your Question:
I wanted to know that if and when I complete my apprenticeship in accountancy level 4 could do business administration admin apprenticeship. What would the wage be im ovee 19yrs old now. I want to do business admin to broaden my knowlege as an accountant also within the business sector

Our Response:
If you are over 19, you would work for the first year on an apprenticeship wage. However, in your second year you would be allowed the national minimum wage for your age, please see link here .
AnApprenticeship - 29-Aug-17 @ 2:36 PM
I wanted to know that if and when i complete my apprenticeship in accountancy level 4 could do business administration admin apprenticeship. What would the wage be im ovee 19yrs old now. I want to do business admin to broaden my knowlege as an accountant also within the business sector
Shak - 28-Aug-17 @ 12:00 PM
Beth - Your Question:
Hi, I am 3 months into a childcare apprenticeship and it is really not for me, I am not enjoying and have found another apprenticeship that I would really enjoy. Can I change apprenticeships or do I have to finish the course I am doing at the moment until I can do another? I am 17.

Our Response:
You would have to read the terms and conditions of your employment contract regarding this matter, as it will contain all you need to know. Your apprenticeship provider will be able to advise further too.
AnApprenticeship - 25-Aug-17 @ 1:41 PM
Hi, I am 3 months into a childcare apprenticeship and it is really not for me, I am not enjoying and have found another apprenticeship that I would really enjoy. Can I change apprenticeships or do I have to finish the course I am doing at the moment until I can do another? I am 17.
Beth - 24-Aug-17 @ 7:31 PM
Hi I passed level 2 apprenticeship in hairdressing but I didn't pass maths can I still get my certificates or will I have to level 2 all over again.
Day - 24-Aug-17 @ 6:40 PM
My son has completed his apprenticeship in site carpentry, but has been told that he still needs to pass level 1 functional skills in mathematics, which I have read on the city and guilds website is equivalent to a grade D-G in GCSE mathematics, he has a grade F, but his apprenticeship providers are telling me he must have a c grade or above or has to pass the level 1 Functional skills, but they have also said a grade D would suffice. So I am getting different stories, can you clarify the position, as he has been told although he has passed the nvq, without the Maths he can't complete the framework, so won't be issued with a certificate, and therefore no blue (skilled worker) cscs card, and therefore won't be able to work on site as a qualified carpenter.
Stevie boy - 17-Aug-17 @ 11:20 PM
Unfortunately due to a change of circumstances I was unable to complete my hairdressing apprenticeship. Is there an option of finishing just the parts I didn't complete or would I have to re-start it from scratch.
Nina - 26-Jul-17 @ 8:10 PM
I began my apprenticeship on August 1st 2016, so next week I will have done a year, however I was not signed up to the course of the college till 6 weeks in. As I am 20, and nearly finished my first year on the apprenticeship, does my money increase on the date I started, but this year, or after a year from signing up officially to the course?
Lauren - 25-Jul-17 @ 8:02 PM
Susan - Your Question:
My son's three year hairdresser apprenticeship is due to end in August. One month ago his employer informed him that he wasn't likely to finish his trading in time. He was asked to pay £7000 for extra training which my son declined. My son is currently voluntarily attending work on one of his days off to do extra models and to try to complete the training. His employer Has now given him An option to leave in August or continue training and be paid £500 per month which is less than the £5.60 per hour national wage for a 20 yr old apprentice. There is no written training plan and training has been haphazard throughout the apprenceticeship, therefore the lower paid period could go on indefinitely. This seems to us as parents to be unfair and discriminatory. Can you advise what my sons rights are?

Our Response:
Your son may be better seeking advice from ACAS and/or his apprenticeship provider regarding this, as it sounds as though his employer may be flouting the rules.
AnApprenticeship - 25-Jul-17 @ 3:26 PM
Madi - Your Question:
Hi, I started my Business Administration apprenticeship in April. I leave my apprenticeship in June.During these three months I get £3.5 per hour.But now I leave apprenticeship in June, but I'm still working in my office.I want to know about my wage. Now my wage will e same £3.5 or I'm eligible for minimum wage rate which is £7.00?

Our Response:
If your apprenticeship contract has ended and you have been offered further work with the company and/or a new contract, then you should be awarded the minimum wage for your age.
AnApprenticeship - 25-Jul-17 @ 11:33 AM
My son's three year hairdresser apprenticeship is due to end in August. One month ago his employer informed him that he wasn't likely to finish his trading in time. He was asked to pay £7000 for extra training which my son declined. My son is currently voluntarily attending work on one of his days off to do extra models and to try to complete the training. His employer Has now givenhim An option to leave in August or continue training and be paid £500 per month which is less than the £5.60 per hour national wage for a 20 yr old apprentice. There is no written training plan and training has been haphazard throughout the apprenceticeship, therefore the lower paid period could go on indefinitely. This seems to us as parents to be unfair and discriminatory. Can you advise what my sons rights are?
Susan - 25-Jul-17 @ 8:29 AM
Hi, I started my Business Administration apprenticeship in April. I leave my apprenticeship in June. During these three months I get £3.5 per hour. But now I leave apprenticeship in June, butI'm still working in my office. I want to know about my wage. Now my wage will e same £3.5 or I'm eligible for minimum wage rate which is £7.00?
Madi - 24-Jul-17 @ 1:16 PM
Lee-Bee - Your Question:
Hi, I'm currently doing my Level 3 Apprenticeship in Early Years Educator. I've only started in January but am flying through the coursework as I did my Level 2 last year. I'm wondering what are the chances of my course provider allowing me to finish early. not majorly early but a few months before I'm due to finish. I'm 20 years old. Thanks for any help :)

Our Response:
You would have to speak with your apprenticeship provider/ employer directly. However, most apprenticeship are for a contracted time frame which you would have to stick to, especially where exams and assessment are involved.
AnApprenticeship - 10-Jul-17 @ 12:28 PM
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