Traineeships and apprenticeships
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If college and university are not for you, there are a range of alternative pathways into employment, including traineeships and those where you can 'earn as you learn' such as apprenticeships.
Traineeships are great for those who need to develop employability and interpersonal skills in preparation for employment. A traineeship will give you invaluable work experience alongside basic employability qualifications which will get you on a pathway to progress into an apprenticeship. For further information see the Traineeship fact sheet.
Apprenticeships are an opportunity to continue with your learning and get nationally recognised qualifications, whilst gaining real employment experience in a paid role. Apprenticeships are most commonly associated with construction trades or business administration – both of which can lead to great careers – but what is not so well known is just how many industries, from animal care to engineering, are now offering apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships also provide an alternative route to careers in management, law and professional services (such as tax), and with qualifications in some sectors now going up to level 6 can even lead to a degree level qualification or an alternative route into university.
As an apprentice you will:
- learn while you earn, studying towards a sector related qualification
- gain industry specific skills and experience in a real working environment
- work alongside, and learn from more experienced colleagues and members of staff
What do I need to become an apprentice?
Different employers and industry sectors may have different requirements for their apprenticeships. Entry requirements will also vary depending on the level of apprenticeship being offered. However, for all apprenticeships:
- you must be 16 years or over and not in full time education
- you must live in England, and have a National Insurance Number
What will I earn as an apprentice?
All employers have to pay apprentices the National Apprentice Minimum Wage of £3.30 per hour; this applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18, and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you are an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year. More information on National Minimum Wage can be found here. However – this is the minimum rate that employers can legally pay you, and increasingly employers are recognising the value of apprenticeships, and are offering higher rates of pay.
What hours will I work as an apprentice?
As an apprentice you will be paid for:
- a minimum of 30 hours per week (including time for study)
- any training that's part of your apprenticeship
- at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays
What qualifications will I get as an apprentice?
All apprenticeships involve study for work-based learning qualifications, including:
- A competencies qualification at level 2, 3 or 4 which shows you have the ability to work in a particular area of skill, trade, or occupation.
- A technical knowledge qualification which shows you have a good understanding of your chosen industry.
- Key skills (such as team work, problem solving, and communication), and (if you did not get English and Maths at GCSE grades C or above), you will have the opportunity to complete functional skills qualifications in those areas
- Employers rights and responsibilities – understanding employer responsibilities and your rights as an employee
What level qualification will I study?
Apprenticeships are offered at three main 'levels':
- Intermediate level apprenticeships are equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
- Advanced level apprenticeships are equivalent to 2 A level passes
- Higher level apprenticeships can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree
How can I become an apprentice?
There are a range of websites and services that can help you to find and apply for a suitable apprenticeship:
- Lambeth College – apprenticeship vacancies at our local further education college
- CLC Building Futures – provides advice and support for all young people in central London to progress in education, training and employment and has a link on their home page to live apprenticeship vacancies
- National Apprenticeships website - on this site you can search for apprenticeships, and set up an account that will alert you when apprenticeships matching your requirements are advertised
- National Careers Service (www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk) – provides a range of information available online and by telephone for young people, including a section on apprenticeships.
Lambeth Apprenticeship Ambitions
Lambeth Apprenticeship Ambitions has been a programme of activity over the 2015/16 academic year to promote apprenticeships to Lambeth young people as a credible and exciting post 16 pathway and to support employers in the creation of high quality apprenticeships.
On Friday 20 November 2015, Lambeth Council in partnership with Lambeth College were proud to launch Lambeth Apprenticeship Ambitions.
Lambeth Ambassador Apprenticeship Programme
The Lambeth Ambassador Apprenticeship Programme recruited former and current apprentices who took part in a unique, free personal and professional self-development course with personal branding expert Bianca Miller and motivational speaker Shabazz Nelson, over five weeks. The sessions trained our Apprentice Ambassadors in presentation and personal branding skills, the ability to adapt to new environments, network, create goals, engage and interact with audiences, to the benefit of themselves and their employers.
Lambeth Ambassadors Apprenticeship Conference
On 17 March 2016 the Apprentice Ambassadors led a conference during National Apprenticeship Week at Portcullis House, part of the Houses of Parliament. Alongside special guests including Chuka Umunna MP, Lambeth Councillor Mohammed Seedat and a speaker from the National Apprenticeship Service, they presented to an audience of students from Lambeth secondary schools and Lambeth College, employers, training providers and special guests.
During May and June 2016 the Apprentice Ambassadors took part in roadshows acoss Lambeth secondary schools promoting apprenticeships as an exciting and credible option for 16-24 year olds.
The Big Apprenticeship Day
On Saturday 25 June 2016 Lambeth Council and Lambeth College were delighted to celebrate the culmination of Lambeth Apprenticeship Ambitions with the Big Apprenticeship Day at Lambeth College, Clapham Centre.
An audience of Lambeth young people, parents and carers gathered to hear from Lambeth Apprentice Ambassadors who talked about the positive difference doing an apprenticeship has made to their lives. They were joined by our lead Ambassadors Bianca Miller and Onyi Anyado, our Parent Ambassadors (parents of current apprentices sharing their experiences) and speakers from the council, the college and London South Bank University who are offering Degree Level apprenticeships.
The conference was followed by a recruitment fair, with a variety of employers, providers and careers guidance teams on hand to facilitate young people finding out more about apprenticeships and applying for live vacancies in a variety of sectors including engineering, ICT, construction, sports, business administration and healthcare.
For help in applying for an apprenticeship:
Lambeth Working Apprenticeships can offer you advice and support in finding and applying for an apprenticeship. The Lambeth Working Apprenticeships team works with employers to create apprenticeship vacancies for local young people, and also recruits for apprenticeships within the Council, and with companies who deliver services for the council.