Information for Learners




Information for Learners


What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships combine real work with training and study for a specific role. You will learn new skills, gain experience, and earn a salary too. Being an apprentice can be an exciting and rewarding career path. Before applying you should also consider that as an apprentice you will have to:
  • balance a job with studying and your home life
  • work under supervision and guidance
  • complete regular assessments, including an end-point assessment
  • usually train for one specific role

How Long will it take?

An apprentice is typically a fulltime employee who takes part in on-the-job training, with day release to a learning environment, dependent on the sector and qualification. It can take between one and six years to complete an apprenticeship, depending on:
  • the apprenticeship you choose
  • the apprenticeship level
  • your previous experience

  • Who can be an Apprentice?

    You can apply for an apprenticeship if you are:
    • 16 or older
    • not in full-time education
    • live in England

    What will I Earn as an Apprentice?

    Apprentices are entitled to minimum rates of pay. What you earn depends on:
    • the apprenticeship you are doing
    • your employer
    • your role
    • your age
    • what year of an apprenticeship you are in

    Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate for apprentices if you are aged:
    • 16 to 18
    • 19 or older and in the first year of their apprenticeship

    If you are 19 or older and have completed the first year of an apprenticeship, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage rate for your age.

    What Qualifications will I have to do?

    During an Apprenticeship, you will be working towards completing an Apprenticeship standard. A standard contains a list of the skills, knowledge, and behaviours an apprentice will need to have learned by the end of their apprenticeship.
    Standards are occupation-focused; they are not qualification-led. The learning happens throughout the apprenticeship, where you will need to prove that you can carry out all aspects of your job. You will develop transferable skills and gain credibility too.

    What Training will I have to do?

    Training is an essential part of an apprenticeship. Apprentices receive regular training to help them gain the knowledge and skills they need to have a successful career. This training can include:
    • attending the training centre
    • undertaking online courses
    • studying by yourself
    • working with a workplace mentor

    Training needs to make up at least 20% of an apprenticeship and take place during an apprentice’s normal working hours. Some apprenticeships may need you to spend more than 20% of your time on training. You may also have to undertake functional skills in Maths and English. Other skills or training may be required to suit a particular occupational area.

    What is an End Point Assessment?

    An EPA takes place at the end of an apprenticeship and tests the knowledge and skills you will have learnt as an apprentice. An EPA can vary depending on the apprenticeship but could include:
    • a practical test of the skills learnt during an apprenticeship
    • a presentation
    • an interview
    • written or multiple-choice tests
    • workplace observation
    An EPA can also include tasks that are not listed above depending on the role.

    How do I become an apprentice?

    Lifelong Learning and Skills offer apprenticeships in the following areas:
    • Bricklaying
    • Business Administration
    • Customer Service
    • Early Years Educator
    • Groundworks
    • Health and Social Care
    • Housing
    • Information Communications Technician
    • Joinery
    • Libraries
    • Management
    • Painting and decorating
    • Roofing
    • Teaching and Learning
    • Team Leader
    • Horticulture

    To apply for any of the above or gain additional information, you can contact us via the following:
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      Phone: 0114 403 1011
      Location: The Construction Design Centre, Manor Lane, Sheffield, S2 1TR

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