Apprenticeships - Frequently Asked Questions

 

Apprenticeship FAQs

 


Am I eligible for an Apprenticeship?

 

You need to be living in England and not taking part in compulsory full-time education or not holding a university degree. Entry requirements are flexible because Apprenticeships are not just based on academic achievement. Employers value your enthusiasm for work and desire to learn, so your practical skills and interest in your chosen area are very important.

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What happens in the application process?

 

There are several ways to apply for an Apprenticeship:

  • You can approach an employer who may have a vacancy for an apprentice 
  • You can also apply through the Workforce Development department at Doncaster College who will then try to match you to any vacancies they have. Please note these vacancies are also advertised on www.apprenticeships.org.uk

 

The selection process involves an initial assessment at Doncaster College to assess your literacy and numeracy levels. Your details will then be sent to employers and you may be required to attend interviews with suitable employers.

 

Alternatively, you may have found your own employer but would still be required to undertake an initial assessment to assess if you need any further support whilst taking part in the apprenticeship.

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Are there different types of Apprenticeship?

 

Yes, there are different types of Apprenticeship available. Which Apprenticeship is right for you will depend on your experience and the opportunities in your area. However, all Apprenticeships include the following basic elements:

 

  • An appropriate National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at either Level 2 or Level 3
  • Functional Skills qualifications
  • A technical certificate such as a BTEC or City & Guilds (included in most cases)
  • Other qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular occupation

 

To find out what Apprenticeships are available at Doncaster College please click here.

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How long does an Apprenticeship take?

 

There is no set time to complete an Apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size. The length of time taken will depend on the subject, the ability of the individual apprentice and the employer's requirements.

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How do Apprenticeships work?

 

Your employer pays your wages and gives you on-the-job training which allows you to achieve National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). You may also spend time at College, gaining functional skills that'll be useful in the job market. In addition, you will study for a technical certificate, which will give you further knowledge and understanding of your job.

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How much do I get paid?

 

An employer must pay a minimum of £2.50 per hour

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What sort of person is accepted on an Apprenticeship?

 

Applicants need to be:

 

  • Serious about their chosen career
  • Committed
  • Able to show that you have fully researched the area of work you want to do, and you're the right person for the job
  • Aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and your employer
  • Prepared for further study
  • Realistic about the amount of work you may have to do
  • Able to use your own initiative

 

Apprenticeships can be demanding, but very rewarding. If you're the right person for an Apprenticeship, being an apprentice can help you achieve your goals.

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Do I get holidays?

 

Like any other employee, you will receive at least 20 days holiday per year (and bank holidays). Your individual entitlement will be detailed in your terms of employment or training agreement from your employer. Just like any other job, your employer will have rules about how far in advance holidays need to be booked, and times that holidays cannot be taken.

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What qualifications do I get when I've finished my Apprenticeship?

 

You will have achieved a framework of qualifications when you complete your Apprenticeship - a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at either level 2 or level 3, a technical certificate such as a BTEC National Diploma or a City & Guilds Progression Award, and Functional Skills qualifications.

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How do NVQs relate to other qualifications?

  • Level 2 = 5 GCSEs at grades A-C
  • Level 3 = 2 A levels/1 vocational A level

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Which Apprenticeships are most in demand?

 

Some of the most popular Apprenticeships at present are Engineering, Business Administration, Construction and Hairdressing. But choosing the Apprenticeship for you is like choosing a job - some types of job are difficult to get into because they are so popular.

 

To start an Apprenticeship you need to find a job in that field before you begin learning. You may want to contact companies direct to get some work experience or speak to a careers advisor in Learner Services at Doncaster College by calling 0800 358 7575.

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How do I get started on an Apprenticeship?

 

You'll need to think carefully about the field of work in which you want to train. You must complete your Apprenticeship to get the qualifications, so you need to make sure that you're serious about your chosen career and can commit yourself to what is usually a long period of training and study.

 

To find out what Apprenticeships are available at Doncaster College, contact our Student Services team on 0800 3587575 or e-mail apprenticeships@don.ac.uk  with your name and address details.   

 

There are several ways to apply for an Apprenticeship:

  • You can approach an employer who may have a vacancy for an apprentice 
  • You can also apply through the Workforce Development department at Doncaster College who will then try to match you to any vacancies they have. Please note these vacancies are also advertised on www.apprenticeships.org.uk

 

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For even more information please visit the following website: 

 

www.apprenticeships.org.uk

 

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