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?

Apprentices from 1st October 2016 will earn £3.40 an hour, and is reviewed annually. This rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.

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

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.