Why choose an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are an excellent way to learn and earn at the same time. You will combine practical training with theory and develop your craft skills and confidence by gaining on-the-job experience.
As an apprentice you will:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- get time for study related to your role
The national minimum wage (NMW) for apprentices is £4.15 per hour. The apprentice NMW applies to apprentices aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. This is the legal minimum pay per hour, most receive more. The Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2016 estimated the average gross hourly pay received by apprentices in Great Britain was £6.70 an hour for level 2 and 3 apprentices which is equivalent to nearly £14,000 per year. Some engineering apprenticeships pay considerably more than this.
Level 3 Apprenticeships
On completion of a L2 NVQ qualification, students can progress on to a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship, choosing from a range of pathways which could include:
- CAD and drawing
- Precision engineering
- Fabrication and welding
- Technical support
- Electrical Installation
The advanced apprenticeship programme is designed to provide the skills required for employment in the engineering/construction industries. Apprentices develop their skills in practical and theory based learning. They will also develop wider practical craft skills and gain an understanding of their right and responsibilities in the sector.