Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining internationally recognised qualifications, workplace experience and skills, and earning a salary. They can take between one and four years depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices' ability and the industry sector. Usually they take 12-24 months. Anyone living in England, over the age of 16 and not in full time education can apply.
Please note: You must have an employer and work in the relevant industry sector to the Apprenticeship you are wishing to undertake. Please see below for how we can help with this.
Apprenticeships are not just for school and college leavers. Employed adults are also able to undertake an Apprenticeship programme with the support of their employer.
Aspiral Learning works closely with employers to help them fill Apprenticeship vacancies so. Please do not rely on this though, we always recommend that you actively seek employment yourself. You are also able to search for vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Service website and the Apprentices for Business website.
Apprentices for Business work closely with Aspiral Learning to provide flexible recruitment and they will endeavour to match you with employers who are looking to recruit motivated young people.
As you would expect, your earning potential as an Apprentice will be in line with the industry that you are choosing to enter. As an employee who has come to learn, initially you may find that you’re being paid a minimum wage. However, as your skills and knowledge grow and you become more valuable to your employer, you will almost certainly find that this is reflected in your wage packed.
All apprentices must receive a minimum hourly rate of £3.40 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. (NB: this usually rises from 1st October each year).
If you are 16-18 apprenticeships are fully funded and your employer pays nothing towards it.
If you are 19 or over then a small contribution is required from your employer or this may be offset to yourselves.
As an employee, you have the same employment rights and responsibilities as any other employee and you will not be treated any differently. You are entitled to holidays, fair working hours and breaks. The tasks you are asked to carry out may differ slightly because you are undergoing a training programme.
When you start your Apprenticeship you will be assigned a Personal Training Consultant who will create a learning plan for you and review your progress the entire way through the apprenticeship. Your mentor is also there to deal with any concerns or issues you may have with either the Apprenticeship programme or your employer. You will also have a Tutor at the college, an Assessor for the work based learning element and access to the college's learner services department
On your Apprenticeship, you will be working towards a number of qualifications that combine both work-place based tasks and theory knowledge. These could be NVQ Certificates or NVQ Diplomas, a BTEC or a City & Guilds, for example. When you complete, as well as these individual qualifications, you will receive an overall Apprenticeship Certificate too.
Alongside this you will be working towards a Technical Certificate at the same level, this will be carried out at college along with the relevant Functional Skills in maths, English and in some cases ICT. Level 1 Functional Skills are required for a Level 2 Apprenticeship and Level 2 Functional Skills are required for a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship. Functional Skills will not be required for most Higher Apprenticeships as you would have achieved these prior to enrolling. These qualifications are nationally recognised and your programme can be transferred to an alternative employer if at any point necessary.
Level 2 or Intermediate Apprenticeship
Level 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship
Level 4+ or Higher Apprenticeship
Some Apprenticeships will require you to start at Level 2, regardless of your previous qualifications; these tend to be skilled trades where you need to learn the basic skills before you can progress. Other Apprenticeships will allow you to go straight in at a higher level, providing you have appropriate qualifications. All our Apprenticeship Course Sheets will explain what the entry criteria are for each Apprenticeship.
You may wish to progress onto the next level of Apprenticeship which would have to be in agreement with your employer as they will need to provide continued support. BCoT also offer a variety of part time evening courses which may benefit you in your job role and career progression. You can find the other courses we offer under the 'Work-related Learning' tab at the top of this page.