At Seevic College, we appreciate that choosing whether or not an Apprenticeship is right for you is a tough decision.
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions to help make this decision easier.
If you don't find the answer to your question, we would be happy to help.
What is an Apprenticeship?
As an apprentice you're paid a salary and employed alongside experienced staff, while you gain job-specific skills and work towards a nationally recognised qualification during your time in college.
Who are they for?
Apprenticeships are open to anyone aged 16 years or over, living in England and not currently in full-time education.
You're be particularly likely to be interested in an Apprenticeship if you want to get workexperience in a real job while you study, or are looking for a chance to change careers.
How much does an Apprentice get paid?
As an apprentice you'll be working for a real employer and be paid from the very first start. The minimum wage for apprentices is currently £3.50 per hour but many employers pay higher than this.
This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18, and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year of training. All other apprentices are entitled to earn the National Minimum Wage for their age group.
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What will I get paid for?
You will be paid for your normal working hours, which will be at least 30 hours per week, and any training that's part of your Apprenticeship - usually one day per week at Seevic College.
You'll also be entitled to at least 20 days of paid holiday for each year of your Apprenticeship, plus bank holidays.
How will my learning take place?
Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time. The academic aspects of your Apprenticeship training will be delivered at Seevic College in Benfleet, and you will typically attend for one day per week.
How long do Apprenticeships take to complete?
Apprenticeships offered by Seevic College typically take between 12 and 18 months to complete. Individual Apprenticeships can vary in content and duration, depending both on your needs and the needs of your employer.
What prospects will I have?
After successfully completing an Apprenticeship you can use the job-specific knowledge, qualifications and real-life experience you have gained to:
- Pursue a full-time role in your chosen industry
- Progress to Advanced or Higher Apprenticeships, higher levels of education or professional qualifications.
What is an Apprenticeship worth?
Aside from being a nationally recognised qualification in its own right, each type of Apprenticeship has an equivalent education level as outlined below:
- Intermediate - equivalent to five GCSE passes
- Advanced - equivalent to two A-Level passes
- Higher - can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or to a Foundation Degree.