The best way to train, qualify and gain valuable experience while being paid.
Studying while working is an attractive option. Rather than running up a debt, you’re raking in a wage. The minimum wage for an apprentice aged 19 or under is £3.70 per hour, but many employers pay much more. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. Apprentices must be paid at least the national minimum wage rate if they’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed their first year.
There’s rather more to it than the money
The choice of Apprenticeships is huge. You can develop a pathway that matches your career ambitions and suits the needs of employers. That makes it really focused on what businesses want as well as what interests you.
Apprenticeships can even offer you the chance to progress faster than the traditional graduate trainee route. Many employers are learning that people who join on an apprenticeship learn the business quicker and make faster progress – having had two years or more in the industry than fresh university graduates. You pick up vital skills, like how the workplace operates and how to manage relationships with people in business, as well as the specific workings of the company you’ve joined.
West Suffolk College works with more than 1,500 employers of every type and size, guiding a similar number of students through the early years of their careers.
Not all Apprenticeships require you to study at College but if you do, you will have access to the latest up-to-date facilities and equipment and be trained by our highly skilled and qualified tutors.
There are different levels of Apprenticeships which demand correspondingly higher qualifications and grades. They each carry their own NVQ or higher qualifications, so it’s not an alternative as such, just a different way of achieving a similar qualification to full time study.
Level 2 – equivalent to five GCSEs grade A* – C
Level 3 – equivalent to two A Levels
Level 4 – can lead to Level 4 or 5 or even a degree
Level 5 upwards have degrees attached.