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As an apprentice your salary is ultimately determined by your employer. However, there is a national minimum wage for apprentices. Traditionally engineering apprentices are paid considerably more. Typically a Level 3 Apprentice can expect a starting salary circa £12k pa and a Level 2 Apprentice circa £9k pa.
The entry requirements for an engineering apprenticeship at level 3 are 5 GCSE grades A-C including Maths, English and Science. Some employers however will only consider applicants with GCSE grades A-B , in Maths particularly those from the Electronics and Aviation sectors.
For a level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship you will need at least 3 GCSE grades C-D in Maths, English and Science.
There are many factors which determine which college/provider an apprentice attends. Be assured an apprentice, wherever possible, would not be sent to a college/provider that was difficult for him/her to travel to.
You are employed from day one to be trained for a specific role.
As an employee you will be entitled to paid holidays, the number will be detailed in your employment contract.
At some time the majority of Apprentices have experienced difficulties. This can be addressed with initial support from your Tutor or if necessary additional subject lessons.
No, but you should inform your training provider and employer. This allows for additional support to be put in place. Some engineering roles may be unsuitable, such as those with a safety critical element.
You may wish to purchase some of your own tools; however your employer is likely to provide them together with any specialised tools or equipment you may need. This would be an ideal question to ask at interview.
Your employer will supply all the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) you will need, including overalls or a lab coat.
Apprentices are not allowed to work more than 40 hours per week.
On completion you will receive an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate, a Btec or City & Guilds technical certificate and a NVQ diploma certificate.
Your apprenticeship and salary is paid for by your employer with financial support from the Government and the European Social Fund.
The majority of our employers we support recruit Level 3 Advanced Apprentices, however we usually have 2 - 4 Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship opportunities each year.
This is employer dependant; however as an apprentice you will receive the same benefits as other employees.
From day one you are employed for an agreed role. Your apprenticeship provides the skills and experience you need to fulfil your role.
An NVQ is a competency-based qualification – Following a period of training written evidence is gathered by the learner and together with work based observations is used to determine and confirm competency in a given role/discipline.