Apprenticeships Explained

Apprenticeships are a great way to gain a nationally recognisedqualification while gaining valuable experience in the workplace.

Apprenticeships are not just for school leavers or peoplelooking for their first job. If you are already working and want to gainfurther qualifications or try something new, an apprenticeship is analternative route.

You will work alongside experienced existing colleagues to learnnew skills “on the job”. You will have a designated tutor who will assess yourknowledge and competence of your new skills. Tutors will hold professionalstatus in their vocational area with a wealth of experience and knowledge.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Anyone can be an apprentice, as long as you are 16years old or over, have UK residency and are not in full time education. GCSEsare desirable, they are not essential as all apprenticeships offer up to Level2 Functional Skills in English, Maths and in some cases ICT. 

    In addition, you will hold a contract of employment with your employer. Having an interest in your apprenticeship choice will go along way to achieving your qualification.

  • There is no set rate of pay for apprentices, with wages varying according to the employer, but this wage will not be below the national apprenticeship wage.

    You will also benefit from at least 20 days of paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays. 

  • Apprenticeships are designed as work-based learning. You will have a structured programme relevant to the job you’re doing and will give you the skills you need to do it well. Most of your learning will be ‘on the job’ with a tutor from Lewtay Training visiting your workplace to assess the practical skills you have learnt. Your study will also require 20% of your time to be “Off Job Training”. This is paid time for studying/training during your apprenticeship.

  • Your apprenticeship will also include: 

    •Main Diploma or Certificate

    •Personal learning and thinking skills

    •Functional skills (English, maths and ICT)

    •Employee Rights and Responsibilities workbook

  • Apprenticeships offer a lot of choices in your career and, because they give you the skills which employers want, they can also be incredibly rewarding. Successful completion of an intermediate and advanced apprenticeship will give you valuable credits which can be used against future HNC, foundation degree or honours degree programmes.