Meaning the likelihood that there’s an apprenticeship out there for you – whatever your age or experience – is growing.
But what’s in place to protect the quality of these emerging apprenticeships and make sure you get the most out whichever course you choose?
Every employer who offers an apprenticeship programme is given a template by the government. It outlines what they have to deliver, and what must go into every apprentice’s contract.
It’s a hefty document, but it only covers the mandatories. And, because the value of an apprenticeship scheme is in the people it attracts, employers often go above and beyond what’s required of them to attract the best talent.
As an apprentice, you’ll have the same rights as any other employee to things like pay, holiday, and working hours.
But you’ll also have responsibilities too, which outline what’s expected of you on a day-to-day basis. They’re there to make sure you and your employer both get the most from your apprenticeship.
As an apprentice, you must receive at least the apprenticeship minimum wage of £3.90 per hour – and after your first year, the minimum wage for your age group:
|Age||Current hourly rate|
|18 – 20||£6.15|
|21 – 24||£7.70|
|25 and over||£8.21|
If you don’t know your hourly rate, use this calculator to make sure you’re getting the minimum.
But most employers will offer more than the minimum. After all, they want the best people for the role just like you want the best role for you.
Our top four tips to why you should consider one:
- Earn while you learn.
- Preparation for working.
- You’ll receive a qualification.
- You could go on to university.