Frequently Asked Questions by Learners

What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that combine on-the-job training with bite-sized study. With an Apprenticeship you will have a full-time job and be working towards qualifications at the same time. This means that you will be learning essential skills that are relevant to the job you are doing. The majority of the training is completed within the workplace, but you would also be required to attend our training centre in Horwich, Bolton. Here, you will develop your skills at a level and pace that suits your individual needs.

Why choose an Apprenticeship?

Benefits of completing an Apprenticeship:
- Earn while you learn
- No Debt
- Apprenticeships are funded from the Government (depending on age and eligibility)
- Practical and relevant work experience
- Guidance and support
- Strengthen your CV
- Build contacts
- Gain a nationally recognised qualification
- Progression opportunities
- Become an essential part of a team

Will I earn a salary?

The minimum wage for apprentices under the age of 19 or in the first year of their Apprenticeship is £5.28 per hour. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age. This is a guideline and the pay varies depending on your employer. The average apprentice wage is £198 per week.

Will I gain on-the-job experience?

Through your Apprenticeship, you will gain valuable experience from the bite-sized study and also from the on-the-job training. These two things combined will help you to progress, not only as a person, but will also put you in a great position to advance in your chosen career path.

Is there an age limit to do an Apprenticeship?

To complete an Apprenticeship you have to be aged 16+, but there is no upper age limit.

What Qualifications will I gain?

During your Apprenticeship, you will receive training, both at work and at our Bolton-based training centre. The training will ultimately make you a skilled worker and will contribute to you gaining a number of qualifications. There are five significant parts to Apprenticeship courses (course dependant):

1. The Level 2, 3 or 4 NVQ in chosen sector:
The National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) will be gained through on the job training and the assessment of this which includes written assignments, multiple choice exams, observations in the workplace, witness testimonies, work product , guided discussions and personal statements.

2. Technical Certificate at Level 2 or 3
The Technical Certificate contains the essential, generic background knowledge and understanding for a range of common work roles, and understanding of the personal and interpersonal skills required to work effectively in the chosen sector.

3. Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR):
Employment Rights and Responsibilities cover legislation and other key policies you need to know and understand, relevant to your job role.

4. Functional Skills in English and Maths:
Functional Skills are qualifications in Maths and English that equip learners with the practical skills needed to learn, live and work successfully.

5. PLTS (Personal Learning and Thinking Skills):
These are generic skills that are essential to life, learning and work. There are 6 PLTS:
- Independent Enquiry
- Creative Thinking
- Reflective Learning
- Team Working
- Self-managing
- Effective Participation

Will I get holidays?

Generally, most apprentices are employed full time. Your working hours are determined by your employer. You will be given at least 20 days' paid holiday per year on top of bank holidays.

What levels of Apprenticeships are available at Alliance Learning?

Apprenticeships generally fall into one of three categories:

- Intermediate Level Apprenticeship – equivalent to five GCSE passes

- Advanced Level Apprenticeship – equivalent to two A level passes

- Higher Apprenticeship – can lead to NVQ level 4 and above, or a Foundation Degree

What is the duration of an Apprenticeship?

The duration of an Apprenticeship varies depending on the course you are completing. The minimum amount of time it can take is 12 months but some Apprenticeships, depending on the level, can take up to 48 months.

What are the entry requirements?

The only formal entry requirements to enrol onto one of our Apprenticeships are that you are aged 16+ and not in full time education. Some employers will ask for Maths and English GCSE A-C or 9-4 but other employers just want an enthusiastic learner who is willing to work hard and learn.

What time of the year can I start an Apprenticeship?

We take applicants at any time of the year as we have vacancies available all year round, however our Engineering apprentices will start their Apprenticeships in September each year.

Will I be able to stay with the company once I have completed the Apprenticeship?

A study from the government shows that after completing an Apprenticeship, 90% of apprentices will stay in employment or further education, most of which staying with the same employer.

Can I study full time as well as completing an Apprenticeship?

As Apprenticeships require you to work full time at your place of work, you cannot complete an Apprenticeship and study full time because an Apprenticeship is an alternative to full time study.

What if I have previously studied abroad?

If you have previously studied abroad, you may still be able to do an Apprenticeship but a member of our team would have to check your eligibility. Please contact a member of our Recruitment team on 01204 677888 for more information.

How do I apply?

Click here to apply online. For any more information, please contact our Recruitment team on 01204 677888 or email

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