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Apprenticeship frequently asked questions

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about apprenticeships from both employees and people considering apprenticeships.

Frequently asked questions by people considering apprenticeship

Is the apprenticeship secure? You should have the same rights as other employees, with a contract of employment and opportunities for future progression.

How much will it cost? The great thing about doing an apprenticeship is that you are normally paid by your employer, so you get to earn as you learn.

What will I be paid? One thing is for certain you will definitely not get paid less than the minimum wage, and you can check national minimum wages here Apprentices already working for an organisation usually get paid their current salary whilst they undertake an apprenticeship programme.  Ultimately it’s the employers decision though.  

What are the job propsects for apprentices? Job prospects following an apprenticeship are good.  Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that more than a quarter of graduates were paid less than the £11.10 average for those on work-based training schemes last year. The figures show that 85% of people who complete an apprenticeship will stay in employment, and 64% of these stay with the same employer with which they did the course.

Will I get a qualification? Apprenticeships are designed to give you on and off-the-job training, which will lead to some form of qualification. In England, there are three levels of apprenticeships, which each lead to different levels of qualification:

• Intermediate – equivalent to 5 GCSE passes

• Advanced – equivalent to 2 A-level passes

• Higher – lead to NVQ level 4 and above or a foundation degree.

Frequently asked questions by employers

Are apprentices only for young poeple joining an organisationn? Apprenticeships are for new and existing employees irrespective of age. 

Can organisations working in the mental health sector recruit apprentices under the age of 18?  You can employ an apprentice onto an apprenticeship programme within your organisation from 16 years of age.  Some employers have a risk assessment /safeguarding policy in place for 16- 18 year olds.

How much time is spent on supporting apprentices? It’s important that apprentices have regular supervision, but as their skills and experience increase, the apprentice will be able to work on their own initiative and you’ll really start to see the benefits.

Would our organisation be suitable for apprenticeships if we work with people with complex needs? Ultimately it’s up to your organisation to make the decision what is a suitable placement.  However with the right support from the team this working environment could be an excellent setting for the apprentice to learn more knowledge and develop their clinical skills

Where do you begin to start recruiting young people/ We recommend looking at the Think Future recruitment toolkits which are packed full of useful suggestions and processes to help you get started.

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