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What to Do When Your Apprenticeship Ends

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 9 Jan 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
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As the end of your apprenticeship draws closer you will have to start thinking about what you are going to do when it ends. When you started you probably weren’t thinking much further than the apprenticeship, so the prospect can feel a bit daunting.

The good news is that there are lots of options available to you, you just have to decide what is right for you. The great thing about apprenticeships is that you gain a qualification as well as practical experience and skills and you can use them in a number of different ways.

Know Your Options

The first thing to do is to know what is available to you that you can make an informed decision. There are a lot of places that can help you find this information. Talk to your local jobcentre about what jobs might be out there, make an appointment with the careers advisor at your college or ask you boss what opportunities there are the company. Once you have found everything out you can think about what would suit you and what you want to do once your apprenticeship come to an end.

Finding a Job

If you started your apprenticeship straight after school, or haven’t had a job in a while then the thought of finding a job can be a bit scary. Think practically about the skills that you have learnt and what jobs you could use them in.

Is there a similar job in a different company? Can you transfer your skills to a new industry? Do you want to change role? Explore the market and see what is available before putting together a good CV that you can use to approach new employers.

Permanent Position

Another option which may be appealing is to stay within the company that you have done your apprenticeship with. This may not always be possible so you need to find out if they are doing any permanent recruitment or if they would be willing to keep you on. If they are not doing any permanent recruitment you need to convince them why they should find a place for you. Be able to give clear, concrete examples of how you are an asset to the company.

Further Education

When your apprenticeship ends you may not want to find a job but decide that you want to study further. Having built a good base with your NVQ there re lots of choices. You may want to do further study in the same subject to try and gain an HND or a degree. Or you may decide to study different subjects that build on what you have already learnt. Talk to your college about all the different options and what would suit you best.

Finishing an apprenticeship is only the beginning of your career and there are lots of options open to you. Do your research and find out all the information so you can make an informed decision. Consider whether you want to continue working or study more. Then look at what jobs are available or whether you could find a permanent position with your current company.

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Sammy - Your Question:
Hi there, I haven't recently finished all of my college work (Last June) and I have handed in my portfolio (Last October) Which I think I have passed as they have not sent it back. I was wondering, now that I have finished my college work and I am awaiting my results for my portfolio, if I am still a basically an apprentice of if I am now entitled to my age groups minimum wage. If it helps, my employer has taken me on, but my wage is still at an apprentices.

Our Response:
You would have to read the terms and conditions of your employment contract which should contain the dates when your apprenticeship will officially end. If your apprenticeship has ended, then your wages should go up to the national minimum wage rate for your age, please see link here . If your apprenticeship has officially ended and your employer has been paying you an hourly apprentice rate, then you may be able to request back pay to have your wages made up to your non-apprenticeship rate. You may wish to speak to ACAS first in order to establish whether you are within your rights to request this.
AnApprenticeship - 12-Jan-18 @ 12:14 PM
Hi there, I haven't recently finished all of my college work (Last June) and I have handed in my portfolio (Last October) Which I think I have passed as they have not sent it back. I was wondering, now that I have finished my college work and I am awaiting my results for my portfolio, if I am still a basically an apprentice of if I am now entitled to my age groups minimum wage. If it helps, my employer has taken me on, but my wage is still at an apprentices.
Sammy - 9-Jan-18 @ 9:40 PM
Wds - Your Question:
My contract has expired and I want to move onto the next level of my apprenticeship in hospitality what do I do?

Our Response:
You don't say what level of apprenticeship you have completed and whether you wish to train at a higher level apprenticeship, or would prefer to learn on the job, or attend college as part of your training. Here is a link to the different levels of apprenticeship which may help, here . You can also see more via the Hospitality Guild here.
AnApprenticeship - 25-Sep-17 @ 10:48 AM
My contract has expired and I want to move onto the next level of my apprenticeship in hospitality what do I do?
Wds - 24-Sep-17 @ 11:34 AM
Hi, I recently finished my business apprenticeship and the company weren't able to keep me on permanently. However as I worked with the accounts team I have decided I want to study AAT. If I took an AAT apprenticeship would I be entitled to minimum wage for my age or £3.50? I'm 21.
Greg - 28-Apr-17 @ 7:33 AM
I was signed off my apprenticeship on the 30 of January 2017 and my wages stil haven't gone up when should I be ecspecting a pay rise as I have spoken to my boss and he told me not till the following year
Dj - 22-Apr-17 @ 11:53 AM
Lily - Your Question:
My apprenticeship is up and they cant taje me in to do my level 3 I leave at the end of this month would I then be able to apply for JSA or am I not entitled im 21?

Our Response:
If you have paid National Insurance contributions for the past two years, you should be eligible to claim JSA. You would be advised to speak to your local Jobcentre Plus directly in order to explore your options regarding this.
AnApprenticeship - 20-Apr-17 @ 12:22 PM
My apprenticeship is up and they cant taje me in to do my level 3 I leave at the end of this month would I then be able to apply for JSA or am I not entitled im 21?
Lily - 19-Apr-17 @ 10:38 PM
Hi my daughter finished her apprenticeship in January. She's only just in April had an interview to stay on at her place of work. Is it correct they've been paying her £3.40 for past 3 months and also interview was at beginning of month and not paying full wage til end of month. Confused..
K - 15-Apr-17 @ 12:52 PM
I had a meeting with my training provider today who signed me off for the end of my apprenticeship, I reminded them that my maths module wasn't finished and I hadn't taken an exam but they told me as I have now been signed off there is nothing they can do, I have also been given 1 weeks notice to leave by them, my manager is furious with this and is trying to get the company to keep me on. I have not been told by the company that I have to go but as I am employed by an apprenticeship provider where do I stand as the apprenticeship position no longer exists
Boo - 9-Mar-17 @ 10:09 PM
Having finished my appy. Which college can accept me for a degree or equivalent administration course to increase my capability in industrial management
Soja - 19-Dec-16 @ 8:53 AM
Hi there I finished my apprentiship this month which is 2 months before my contract was due to be up, the work have given me an option of staying there as a apprentice till my contracts up but still getting apprentice wage even tho I am qualified and have got my certificates! I just want to know if I am entitle to minimum wage atleast, as they said I can't get qualified as I am not on a qualified contract
Iz - 25-Nov-16 @ 11:29 PM
can i do apprenticeship and 12th togeather and then join for btech on the basis of my 12th certificate? if yes...then is their any provision to take home study leave from the college, so that i can attend my apprentice and do my 12th study at home.
Frustrated Engg.?? - 2-Nov-16 @ 9:59 PM
I have finished my apprenticeship and started a new one with the same company when I got my certificate they said they have to keep them for six months but I don't really want them to have I got a right to have them ?
Brandon - 2-Nov-16 @ 6:35 PM
Woodyy- Your Question:
I finished my appernetship with a company and they put me on a zero hour contract straight the way without giving me notice or in writing. So I assumed I'll still be on the hours which was on my contract for the apprentice because I have no other contract. I don't know as to where I stand now?

Our Response:
You would have to read your contract to see where you stand. Your hours will be different and will vary, so you would have to speak to your employer about what sort of hours you can expect. However, you will be paid at a higher rate than your apprenticeship wage.
AnApprenticeship - 21-Oct-16 @ 2:43 PM
I finished my appernetshipwith a company and they put me on a zero hour contract straight the way without giving me notice or in writing. So I assumed I'll still be on the hours which was on my contract for the apprentice because I have no other contract. I don't know as to where I stand now?
Woodyy - 21-Oct-16 @ 7:34 AM
Maryam - Your Question:
I have applied for uni and now I wish to apply for apprenticeship aswell. Is that possible? Can I go uni untill I dont recieve any interviews for apprenticeship or do I have to stick to one??

Our Response:
If you begin university and withdraw from the course, there may be financial implications, please see Student Room link here. While it makes sense to apply for apprenticeships prior to you beginning your course, I would advise making a concrete decision on which route you are going to take when you get university offers.
AnApprenticeship - 20-Jul-16 @ 10:39 AM
I have applied for uni and now i wish to apply for apprenticeship aswell. Is that possible? Can i go uni untill i dont recieve any interviews for apprenticeship or do i have to stick to one??
Maryam - 19-Jul-16 @ 9:03 AM
Hello i just wanted to know that if i apply for a advanced level for apprenticeship then would i recieve a level 3 qualification in the workplacement i did my apprenticeship in?
Aisha - 19-Jul-16 @ 8:58 AM
I am wondering can I leave 1 apprenticeship before the end of it and start another one straight away
lotty - 10-Jul-16 @ 4:25 PM
My apprenticeship within childcare is finishing on 1st of July. There are currently no jobs available in my area and my current employer has no available positions due to numbers of children for next academic year. I have seen an apprentice chef advertised at my local college and wondered if I should apply for this now as an extra option if i cannot find a job? I need the money as I have my own flat, and a car to run.
sarah.d - 29-May-16 @ 9:05 PM
Natasha - Your Question:
My apprenticeship finishes on the 26th may do I have to put my month's notice in and can the employer put me on more hours after that day even though I haven't signed a contract to say I am staying on at the company

Our Response:
If you wish to leave the company you are working for once your apprenticeship has ended, then the best option for you is to both look at yoru existing contract to see what it specifies about your notice period and speak directly to your employer once you have this information to hand.
AnApprenticeship - 16-May-16 @ 11:58 AM
My apprenticeship finishes on the 26th may do I have to put my month's notice in andcan the employer put me on more hours after that day even though I haven't signed a contract to say I am staying on at the company
Natasha - 15-May-16 @ 3:25 PM
I hav completed my technicisn apprentice before 1 month from BSNL NEW DELHI.but their employees havn't helped me for job.now I falt that I have waste my 1 year . I have always gotten my stipend after 7-8 months and my last 3 months stipend hasn't paid.plz saggest me what should I do for my better career?
neeno - 30-Apr-16 @ 6:29 PM
iam working for 1year apprentice on indian overseas bank 2002 batch,still now iam not get apprenticeship completed certificate, how to get my please help me
dj - 28-Apr-16 @ 9:51 PM
MaisieRodge - Your Question:
I am currently doing an apprenticeship in Digital Marketing with DigitalMe. I absolutely love it im learning about search engine optimisation, website design and a lot more. Im hoping to carry on working for the company!

Our Response:
We are glad you are finding your apprenticeship fulfilling. Good luck with your future career.
AnApprenticeship - 22-Apr-16 @ 11:05 AM
I am currently doing an apprenticeship in Digital Marketing with DigitalMe. I absolutely love it im learning about search engine optimisation, website design and a lot more. Im hoping to carry on working for the company!
MaisieRodge - 21-Apr-16 @ 12:50 PM
@a-h - it's completely up to your employer if they want to take you on, despite whether you've passed or failed.
Matty - 18-Apr-16 @ 2:26 PM
I'm coming to the end of my apprenticeship and its looking like i may fail. if the company still want to keep me on because i am actually a good worker,are they able to employ me? if so, do you know the legislation and paragraph?
a-h - 17-Apr-16 @ 11:35 PM
Can i know more about the scope after completion of apprenticeship in accountancy and audit at isro
Lal - 23-Jan-16 @ 6:52 AM
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