It is becoming increasingly important that schools provide their students with information about apprenticeships, for example, how an apprenticeship scheme works and how to find apprenticeship vacancies,
What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships allow young people (aged from 16) to earn a wage while they train at work and gain a recognised qualification with the support of an apprenticeship training provider. Along with learning about the job and gaining a qualification, they will develop new skills and experiences and be able to include on their CV for future employment. It will also help them work out if the job they thought they wanted is really for them. The transferable skills they develop can improve their chances for future employment.
How long will an apprenticeship last?
All apprenticeship positions are a minimum of 12 months, but some may be advertised as two-or three-year schemes involving progression to higher level apprenticeships.
Will they be guaranteed a full-time position upon completion?
Usually, an apprenticeship does not mean that the young person is guaranteed a full-time position once they have finished. However, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer.
What is the minimum wage for an apprentice?
All apprentices must receive the appropriate apprentice minimum wage. Please note that many employers (including the council) pay more than the apprentice minimum wage.
Higher apprentices do not fall under the national minimum wage for apprenticeships.
What levels of apprenticeships are available?
There are three main levels of apprenticeship that young people can apply for:
- Intermediate Apprenticeship (equivalent to Level 2)
- Advanced Apprenticeship (equivalent to Level 3)
- Higher Apprenticeship (equivalent to Level 4 or above)
Entry criteria becomes more demanding at each level. A student who is leaving school after GCSEs might be able to apply for either an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship, depending on the grades they achieve. Higher apprenticeships are usually only accessible to students who have either completed an apprenticeship already, or who have A Levels in relevant subjects.
How to apply for an apprenticeship
Finding and applying for apprenticeships is easy to do. There is a local service called Oxfordshire Apprenticeships, where young people can find out more about apprenticeship opportunities in the local area. Or visit the National Apprenticeships website, where the majority of apprenticeship positions in the country are advertised!
You can find out more about apprenticeships at the council on our public website.