An apprenticeship is a real job that combines hands on work with the opportunity to train and develop your skills, knowledge and behaviours in your chosen profession.
At least 20% of your paid time will be spent in training and development, usually with us at college but may also take place in your workplace. The rest of your time will be spent applying your skills and knowledge in your workplace, doing the job you have been employed to do.
As an apprentice, you’ll usually be employed to work a minimum of 30 hours per week and be paid a wage no less than the current national minimum wage for the time you are in work and in off-the-job training.
The amount you are paid is based on a number of factors including your previous experience and current skill set. In some job roles your wage may increase as you progress and take on more responsibility. You will also receive the same benefits as any employee, including a holiday pay.
Apprenticeships are open to anyone who is 16 years old and over, has a right to work in England and is not in full time education. There is no upper age limit and available to anyone whether starting out on their career or for those who have been working for some time.
Modern apprenticeships can now support your learning aspirations to the highest level however It is important to know that the level is based on the job role and duties it is attached to. This means that even though you may have a higher-level qualifications other subjects you could still undertake an apprenticeship at a lower level.
Apprenticeship levels are set and equivalent to:
2 (Intermediate): GCSEs
3 (Advanced): A-levels
4 (Higher): foundation degree
5 (Higher): foundation degree/first year of bachelor’s degree
6 (Degree): bachelor’s degree
7 (Degree): master’s degree
English and maths are essential to supporting your longer-term career prospects. As an apprentice you will be required to achieve a maths and English qualification (if you don’t already have one) as part of your apprenticeship. There is no need to worry as our specialist maths and English tutors will provide you with support and learning throughout your apprenticeship programme.
Once your apprenticeship’s practical training is completed, an independent assessment (not undertaken by Plumpton College) will take place, this is called an 'end-point assessment' or EPA for short. The EPA is your opportunity to demonstrate that you are genuinely competent in your occupation by allowing you to showcase what you have learnt throughout your apprenticeship. Each apprenticeship programme has a slightly different assessment approach however what they all have in common is that they’ll assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours you have developed during your apprenticeship.
There are a number of different ways you can find an apprenticeship to suit your career aspirations. Finding one can be the same as finding a normal job so it’s important to make sure that you give yourself the best possible chance to be successful in your search.
At Plumpton we are committed to supporting you in reaching your career goals, so if you require assistance in finding the right apprenticeship opportunity or to be kept informed of upcoming apprenticeship events register with the college’s apprenticeship talent bank. To view our current apprenticeship opportunities, visit our careers page.
Another way is to register and search current vacancies on the Find an Apprenticeship website. This Government website allows you to search and apply for live vacancies available in different industries, locations or levels.
You may already have particular company in mind, in which case it’s worth taking a look at their website or social media feeds to found out if they are offering an apprenticeship scheme. You’ll usually find this kind of information on the vacancies page on their website.
If you can’t find an information online don’t give up, try phoning the company and asking if they would consider supporting an apprenticeship. This approach might seem a little scary or be more work than looking through listed vacancies however many businesses will welcome the gutsy approach and the initiative you’re showing by proactively getting in touch them directly.
Does your employer know of your desire to develop your skills and knowledge via an apprenticeship scheme? The first thing we suggest is having that initial conversation, the majority of employers are happy to support their employee’s professional development, particularly if it benefits their business. We would then need to speak with your employer to ensure they’re comfortable with their obligations of supporting you on an apprenticeship programme.
Our dedicated Business Account Managers are available to go through everything your employer needs to know, they can be reached by calling 01273 892127 or emailing email@example.com. Your employer may also wish to visit our dedicated Apprenticeships for Employers page to find out more.
Are you looking to do an apprenticeship but don’t yet have an employer?
Register with our Apprenticeship Talent Bank Service for up to date information on our latest vacancies and forthcoming apprenticeship events.
If you’re an employer interested in finding out how our apprenticeships can benefit your business