All about apprenticeships

We are the largest apprenticeship training delivery organisation in Leicester, which helps apprentices to learn new skills and gain experience to success in their chosen career.

Apprenticeships are a perfect route if you want to lay the foundations for a rewarding career in a specific industry, or you are hoping to retrain in a new industry. If you are an employer looking to recruit an apprentice please take a look at our information for employers.

So what is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship training scheme allows you to earn while you learn – and gain a work-based qualification at the same time. Apprenticeships are open to individuals who are 16 or over, including adults looking to retrain or gain a qualification in the industry in which they already work. The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £3.50 per hour. The same applies if you’re 19 and over and in the first year of your apprenticeship, after that you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. However many employers pay more than this. Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship.

Generally, businesses will work alongside a training provider (such as Leicester College), to support their apprentices training throughout their apprenticeship programme. In most apprenticeships you will have an external trainer assessor who will come and visit you at your work place. They are likely to set you work and observe you to see how you’re getting on in the workplace.

It usually takes between one and four years to complete an apprenticeship, depending on which level you start at. With some apprenticeships you can even get a degree.

Employers mainly look for punctuality, reliability and having a real interest in the job you’re applying for. Along with willingness to learn and being passionate in what you do.

What type of apprenticeships are there?

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship (level 2 – equal to 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship (level 3 – equal to 2 A levels)
  • Higher-Level Apprenticeship (level 4/5 – equal to a university level qualification)

Each level comes with its own qualification, as well as functional skills and technical certificates.

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For more information please call Leicester College on 0116 224 2240, email us or have a look through our guide