What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship gives you hands-on experience, a salary and the opportunity to train while you work. All of this with some high quality, prestigious companies in loads of different industries.By successfully completing your apprenticeship, you’ll have gained the confidence and skills needed to progress in your chosen career. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and organisations, from local businesses to large national brands.

Will I get paid?

You’ll be paid at the Apprentice National Minimum Wage, some employers pay their apprentices more than the minimum rate.
AgeFrom 1 April 2019 (current) rate per hourFrom April 2018 rate per hour
25 and over (National Living Wage)£8.21£7.83
21 and over£7.70£7.38
18 to 20£6.15£5.90
Under 18£4.35£4.20
(all apprentices under age 19 AND any apprentice, regardless of age, in first year of apprenticeship)
From 1 April 2016 the National Living Wage must be paid to employees aged 25 and older except for those who are in the first year of their apprenticeship. The NMW rates will apply to workers aged below 25 or in their first year of an apprenticeship.

You can find information on the NMW of earlier years on the GOV.UK website.

Is there an age restriction?

You can become an apprentice from the age of 16 and over by the end of summer holidays as this is a full time job and you will have finished your school.

Different types of apprenticeships

  • Intermediate: Level 2 is equivalent to studying for up to 5 GCSEs
  • Advanced: Level 3 is equivalent to studying for 2 A levels
  • Higher: Level 4,5 is equivalent to Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree
  • Degree: Level 6 and 7 is equivalent to a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree

Benefits of undertaking an apprenticeship

  • It is an opportunity for you as a learner to see if the job/role is right for you. Prospective employers value on the job work experience gained and your chances of furthering your career are enhanced
  • Apprenticeships are funded, this means you will not have to apply for student loan to pay for your training course
  • You can go into highly skilled jobs as you advance in your further in your training and experience
  • Helps you to boost your confidence and the opportunity to stand out at the interview and selection process
  • You can complete a Degree apprenticeship with your employer

Why chose Pier Training

Pier Training has been working with various large employers as a preferred supplier of work based learning. We work closely with our client’s recruitment department who will be keen to hear from you. If you wish to explore available apprenticeship opportunities with our clients then please complete the expression of interest form in ‘contact us’ section, alternatively you can also send you CV to info@piertraining.co.uk or call us on 01217400429.