What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a job that allows you to earn money in your chosen sector, while gaining industry-recognised qualifications that will help you to progress in your career.
What are the advantages of doing an apprenticeship?
- You will earn money while you learn
- You will learn skills that will help you to progress in your chosen sector
- You will have better long-term salary prospects
- You will get support from a mentor while you learn
- You will have the opportunity to network with prospective employers
- You will get paid holiday leave
Who can do an apprenticeship?
Anyone who is a UK resident, aged 16 or over and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships are free to access, but your employer may need to make a contribution to the cost of the training element of the apprenticeship; this varies based on the size of the employer and the content and complexity of the learning.
Where can I look for apprenticeship vacancies?
To do an apprenticeship, it is necessary to find an employer willing to take on an apprentice. This can be done in one of two ways. The first way is to search for vacancies on the central apprenticeship websites for England and Wales. The second way is to look for employers willing to take on an apprentice independently. Your local council, nearby colleges and career services may be able to help with finding an employer who is likely to do this.
To find out what apprenticeships Nacro offers, contact us.
How much will I get paid?
The current national minimum wage for apprentices is £3.50 an hour (although this may vary for agricultural apprenticeships). This applies to apprentices aged 16-18 and those aged 19 who are in the first year of their apprenticeship. If you are 19 and have completed your first year, you should be paid the national minimum wage rate for your age.