Frequently asked questions by Apprentices

How many hours will I be expected to work?

All apprentices must be in paid employment and working a minimum of 30 hours a week before they can be offered a training programme. The maximum a 16-18 year old can work is 40 hours and this includes time off for attending training sessions either at work or college.

How much will I get paid?

From 1st April 2017, apprentices will earn £3.50 an hour.

Following the budget statement on 22nd November 2017, the national minimum wage for apprentices will rise to £3.70 per hour in April 2018.

What do you study through an apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a ‘framework’ developed by Sector Skills Councils. Most Apprenticeship frameworks follow a standard format that comprises:

  • A National Vocational Qualification (e.g. Level 2 for Intermediate Level Apprenticeships, Level 3 for Advanced Level Apprenticeships, Level 4/5 for Higher Level Apprenticeships).
  • Knowledge based qualification
  • Transferable Skills

College provides the knowledge and develops skills while the employer provides the practical experience to put those skills to the test. Training can be classroom based, in a workshop or in a workplace, depending on the subject and on the learning provider.

What are the advantages of studying an apprenticeship?

Getting qualified while on the job can also mean:

  • You work better and more effectively
  • It can set you up to move into new and better jobs
  • You get better pay
  • You get to experience new and different challenges
  • Your existing skills and knowledge are recognised and can help you gain a qualification faster
  • You learn at your own pace and get support when you need it
  • Better job security
  • You gain skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries.

Can I get help finding an employer?

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an Apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.