Benefits of an Apprenticeship
Earn a salary
Earn while you learn! The minimum wage for apprentices under the age of 19 or in the first year of their Apprenticeship is £4.30 per hour and all other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age. This is a national guideline but many employers pay above the apprentice minimum wage. On average, a starting wage for an apprentice is £180 per week, and this may increase as the apprentice progresses through their Apprenticeship.
Gain real work experience
Throughout the Apprenticeship, learners will gain valuable experience through 'on-the-job' training. This allows for the apprentice to develop practical skills in their chosen career path, which serves as a clear path into permanent employment in the future. The apprentice will work closely alongside experienced professionals in their chosen field and learning the skills and knowledge to carry out all of the practical work within the company.
Gain nationally recognised qualifications
Most of our apprentices start on a Level 3 qualification in their chosen sector, which is equivalent to two A-Levels. Higher qualifications are also available dependant on previous qualifications gained and the occupational area the apprentice chooses to go down. These qualifications can be used as a great reference when the apprentice wishes to progress in the future, making them much more employable to other companies.
Get paid holidays
As an apprentice, you will be employed full time. This means as an employee of that company, the apprentice will be entitled to at least 20 days' paid holiday per year on top of bank holidays.
No student loans / debt
Unlike university, all apprenticeship programmes are funded by the Government and the employer. This means the apprentice doesn't pay a penny towards the training and will not be required to pay off any students loan or debts.
As an apprentice, you will be entitled to various perks that you can use to your advantage.
NUS Apprentice Extra Card
This card enables apprentices to receive discounts on many different services ranging from gym memberships, restaurants and shops. For more information about the NUS Card, Click Here.
This is a bus pass for apprentices aged 16-18. For a one-off fee of £10, you can receive FREE bus travel throughout the whole of Greater Manchester. For more information about Our Pass, Click Here.
Stay with the company once you complete 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.