What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships refer to on-the-job training leading to nationally recognised qualifications, developed by industry. In short – it is a work and study at the same time where you get paid and qualification at the same time.

Who can do an Apprenticeship?

Anyone in England aged 16 years old and above, whether employed, unemployed or leaving school. There is no upper age limit. There are no formal qualifications needed to do an apprenticeship however some employers may ask for GCSEs (A-C/ 9-4) in English and Maths, but if you don’t have that, we can help you to achieve it prior.

How much will I earn?

If you are under 19 you must be paid at least the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage which is £11.44 from April 2024.

If you are 19 and above or completed the first year of apprenticeship, the employer should follow National Minimum Wage standards.

All apprentices are employed and have a contract of employment. You are counted as a regular employee so get all the benefits such as holiday and sick leave as well.

What qualification will I gain?

During your apprenticeship programme, you will get nationally recognised qualifications depending on the programme you have chosen to complete. This is accredited by relevant industry regulatory bodies and will help further you in your chosen career. Furthermore, if you did not have a chance to PASS your GCSE’s, you will have this opportunity to complete relevant English and Maths qualifications during your apprenticeship programme.

How do I apply?

Give us a call on 0208 470 4219 or email admin@jsconsultltd.com including your CV and mention that you would like to apply for an apprenticeship. We will get in touch with you and will guide you through the application process. Alternatively, visit us at our office and we will provide you with all the required information.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

The duration of an apprenticeship depends on the course being followed and the ability of the individual apprentice, however it is usually between 12 – 18 months programme.

An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of apprenticeship and your own pace of learning.

For example, an Intermediate Level 2 apprenticeship usually takes around 12 to 18 months and an advanced Level 3 apprenticeship around 18-24 months.

How is training delivered?

The apprenticeship is a work-based qualification, which means that all of the training and assessment for the apprenticeship will be completed on-site. You will have to attend training sessions with us at least once a week and the rest of the days you will be working.

You will have to complete portfolio, which means that your tutor will collect required evidence to assess your knowledge and competency and regular verifications will take place to ensure the quality of it.

If you are completing a Standard towards the end of your apprenticeship you will have a meeting with your training and manager to determine whether you are ready for your End Point Assessment (EPA). The EPA is completed to assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours that you have learnt throughout the apprenticeship. You will practice parts of the EPA assessment throughout the apprenticeship and you will only take the final assessment when you feel ready. The content of the EPA will vary, depending on the course you are completing.

What types of apprenticeship are available?

There are two levels of Apprenticeship:

Level 2 Apprenticeship (equivalent to five A* GCSEs)

Level 3 Apprenticeship (equivalent to two A-Levels)

What do I do when I have finished?

There are many options, and all will depend on you and the company you are working in. You could get full time or part-time job within, move to the higher-level apprenticeship.

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