Apprenticeships - information for learners and parents

Training For London offers an Apprenticeship Brokerage service for both employers and apprentices
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This is your chance to “earn while you learn.  An Apprenticeship can offer you the opportunity to gain on the job training, a recognised qualification and the opportunity to earn whilst increasing your career opportunities. 
Watch what our former Apprentice Kishan has to say:

What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships refer to on-the-job training leading to nationally recognised qualifications, developed by industry.

What does it involve?
An Apprenticeship includes the following components:

  • A minimum of 30 hours per week paid employment.
  • A knowledge based element (Technical Certificate).
  • A competency based element (NVQ).
  • Transferable or “functional skills” (English, Maths, IT).
  • A module on employment rights and responsibilities
  • A module on personal learning and thinking skills

How long does it take to complete?
The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and industry sector, but must last for a minimum of one year. Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and three years to complete depending on the level of qualification.

Do I have to be employed?
Yes, you will need to be employed and have a Contract of Employment for a minimum of 30 hours per week.
Can you find me a job?
The College is working with local employers to find suitable positions.  These positions will be advertised on the Barnet and Southgate College website as well as the National Apprenticeship Vacancy website.  We suggest you register yourself on the National Apprenticeship Service Vacancy Service . There are a variety of jobs advertised on this site and you can apply online using this system.

What type of apprenticeships are there?
There are more than 190 job roles available for apprentices ranging from accountancy to social care, engineering to veterinary nursing, business administration to construction.

They generally fall into one of three categories:

  • ‘Apprenticeships’ equivalent to Level 2 (or GCSE level).
  • ‘Advanced Apprenticeships’ equivalent to Level 3 (or A-levels).
  • ‘Higher Apprenticeships’ – the equivalent to a foundation degree.

How much will I get paid?
The National Minimum Wage for apprentices is £2.65 per hour. Many employers prefer to pay more however, and research shows that the average salary is approx £170 per week.

Am I entitled to holidays?
Yes, like most other employees, apprentices must be given at least 20 days’ paid holiday per year as well as bank holidays.

What is the role of the College?
The College will be responsible for your “off-the-job” training. When you start your employment the College will appoint a mentor who will work with you to make sure that your training is well planned and everything runs smoothly.  The College will also regularly update your employer on your progress.

Can someone come and talk to my employer about Apprenticeships?
Yes, if you contact us and provide us with your employers’ details we would be happy to make a convenient appointment to come and discuss the training opportunities available.

I need further help, who should I contact?
Please contact a member of our team on 0208 266 4333  for more information about apprenticeships.