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News: Blog — 5 com­mon appren­tice­ship ques­tions answered

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This National Apprenticeship Week (7 - 13 February) we are celebrating the ways an apprenticeship can help you to build your future! We get lots of questions about what apprenticeships actually involve. So here are answers to 5 common apprenticeship questions.

1) What does it cost to do an apprenticeship?

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You won’t have to pay any­thing as an appren­tice. Appren­tice­ships are fund­ed by the government/​contributions from your employer. 

So, you’ll be earn­ing a qual­i­fi­ca­tion you don’t have to pay for, and earn­ing a wage while you learn! 

2) What does earn while you learn actually mean?

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Pictured is former Nottingham College Construction and the Built Environment Apprentice, Jess Peat. Jess is now a Commercial Management Trainee for Wates Construction, the contractor who built our new City Hub campus.

When choos­ing an appren­tice­ship, the learn­ing part means you’ll be giv­en time to work towards a recog­nised qual­i­fi­ca­tion, like peo­ple who are in school or col­lege. But the main dif­fer­ence is that you’ll also have a real job, and earn a wage.

Rates of pay can vary like in any job, but the cur­rent nation­al min­i­mum wage for appren­tices who are in their first year (and/​or aged 16 – 18), is cur­rent­ly £4.15 per hour. 

Remem­ber this is only a min­i­mum wage though. Appren­tices aged 19+ are also eli­gi­ble for the gen­er­al Nation­al Min­i­mum Wage after their first year, which is high­er than the appren­tice­ship rate. 

3) Can I train for a job in any career area?

You might be sur­prised to see the wealth of appren­tice­ships avail­able, not just in hands-on skilled trades, but also a huge range of career areas, such as: busi­ness and account­ing, sup­port­ing teach­ing and learn­ing in schools, IT, engi­neer­ing, phar­ma­cy ser­vices, den­tal nurs­ing, sport, and many more! 

There are even degree-lev­el apprenticeships. 

A small num­ber of careers don’t cur­rent­ly offer appren­tice­ship routes, such as if you want to become a sur­geon or a psy­chi­a­trist, but most career sec­tors are now acces­si­ble through an apprenticeship.

If you’re not sure about your future career get in touch! We’re here to help and there are a wealth of options avail­able (along­side appren­tice­ships Not­ting­ham Col­lege offer the widest range of options for school leavers in the region!). 

4) How do I get an apprenticeship?

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It’s actu­al­ly pret­ty straight­for­ward, but it can seem con­fus­ing because there are quite a few ways you can get a place on an appren­tice­ship, a bit like there are dif­fer­ent ways to get jobs. You’ll need to put the effort in, as you’re going to be employed in a real job, but there is help and advice out there!

For exam­ple, at Not­ting­ham Col­lege we adver­tise vacan­cies on our web­site, and we have a ded­i­cat­ed appren­tice­ship team to help with CV writ­ing, appli­ca­tions, inter­views, and even find­ing vacan­cies in the first place! 

5) Are apprenticeships just for young people?

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The short answer is no! In fact, there is only a low­er age lim­it – you’ll need to be 16 or over by the time you want to start. You can reg­is­ter your inter­est and even apply while you’re still at school though.

For exam­ple, if you’re tak­ing your GCSEs this year and would like to start an appren­tice­ship when you get your results, you can start search­ing for vacan­cies now. You’ll just need to be 16 or over by the time you’d be start­ing the apprenticeship. 

There are also plen­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ties for adults, and appren­tice­ships start through­out the year! 

More information on apprenticeships

Can’t find the appren­tice­ship you’re look­ing for? Don’t wor­ry! Get in touch with our appren­tice­ship team using the con­tact form on our web­site and we’ll be in touch to dis­cuss your options and answer your questions. 

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  • 4th February 2021 (4:00 PM)
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