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Stockport College Apprenticeship – Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What are apprenticeships?
  • What levels of apprenticeship are there?
  • What are the key elements within an apprenticeship?
  • How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?
  • Do I have to find my own placement?
  • What are the conditions and the minimum pay I am entitled to?
  • Do I have to pay National Insurance?
  • Are apprenticeships well regarded amongst employers?
  • Contacts

 

What are apprenticeships?

An Apprenticeship is a training programme designed by employers to give eager applicants the skills and qualifications needed by businesses. They are a combination of on-the-job and off-the-job learning. You can learn and earn, allowing you to build up crucial skills and get paid. It is as simple as that.

 

What levels of apprenticeship are there?

An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

  • Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced – equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher – can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

 

What are the key elements within an apprenticeship?

Vocational qualifications (NVQs), on-the-job training, Functional Skills: English, Maths and IT and employment rights and responsibilities (ERR).

 

How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?

Depending on the apprenticeship programme you undertake, it will take up to 12 months to complete a Level 2 Apprenticeship. However, you can complete it by the end of the 12 months agreement. If you would like to undertake a Level 3 or another Level 2 NVQ, you can once you have completed your first Apprenticeship programme.

 

Do I have to find my own placement?

If you know the company you want to work for or the kind of apprenticeship you want to undertake then be proactive and find your own apprenticeship.

We often speak to employers who have thought about taking on an apprentice but have not had the time to do anything about it. So if you walk into their workplace and impress them there is a very good chance you could be recruited on the spot.

Our Apprenticeship team will support you in finding the right role for the apprenticeship you wish to undertake.

 

What are the conditions and the minimum pay I am entitled to?

  • You’ll be paid during your apprenticeship
  • You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage
  • The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.40 per hour
  • Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
    • aged under 19
    • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Example: An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.40

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

Example: An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £6.95

 

Do I have to pay National Insurance?

As an apprentice, you will not pay tax and national insurance on your income. If your income is under £9,000 a year, you will not be charged – Unless you have the wrong tax code.

 

Are apprenticeships well regarded amongst employers?

Employers all over the country recognise and value apprenticeships, with 85% of businesses recommending them to other employers. An apprenticeship allows you to demonstrate to prospective employers that you have been trained in the working environment and gained the right skills.

 

Contact

If you have any more questions regarding apprenticeships get in touch with our team!

Tel: 0161 296 6060

Email: Apprenticeships@stockport.ac.uk

Stockport College Apprenticeship FAQ

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