1. Apprentices will require a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship (there is no obligation to offer a job after completion) and will work a minimum of 30 hours per week (including training/assessment). The minimum wage for an apprentice is £2.73 per hour, although many employers pay more i.e. £120 – £170 per week. The apprentice minimum wage applies to those aged under 19, and for those 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.
  2. College attendance can be day, evening or block release, depending on the occupational area. In some cases Apprenticeships are entirely work-based.
  3. Apprentices are individually monitored and supported through their Apprenticeship by an assessor who will ensure the apprentice learns the job specific skills, the key skills like literacy numeracy and IT and the being at work skills (employee rights and responsibilities). You will be involved throughout the programme and can have your say about how it is working for you as well.
  4. The length of the apprenticeship ranges from a year for most level 2* programmes to four years for a higher level programme, depending on the type of Apprenticeship taken and the motivation and enthusiasm of the apprentice.
  5. Apprenticeships cover nearly all occupational areas not just the ‘trades’ and are available at intermediate* and higher level

* Your adviser at the training provider (a college or an independent training company) can explain the jargon in more detail.

For more information please contact www.gov.uk/further-education-skills/apprenticeships or contact the Economic Development team at Eastleigh Borough Council for an impartial discussion economicdev@eastleigh.gov.uk