Frequently Asked Questions
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The National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage for Apprentices who are completing their first Apprenticeship is currently £3.70 per hour. However, this is set to increase to £3.90 per hour from Monday 1st April 2019
If you are completing your second Apprenticeship the following wage will apply:
- 16 to 17 = £4.20
- 18 to 20 = £5.90
- 21 to 24 (Minimum employment wage) = £7.38
- 25+ (Minimum employment wage) = £7.83
Please note that some Employers may be willing to pay above the National Minimum Apprenticeship Wage.
We do not pay students whilst on our Employability or Traineeship Programme. However, we do offer bursaries dependent on each students needs. If you would like further information on the bursaries that you may be eligible for, please speak to a member of our team at your interview or Welcome Session.
We also offer a ‘Refer a Friend’ £50 incentive to students currently on our programmes.
All vacancies that we offer through our Apprenticeship Programme are full-time positions.
Majority of our roles consist of 30+ hours per week in your workplace.
Some Childcare roles may be on a rota basis, meaning your Employer will decide on your working hours and this may change on a weekly basis. In addition to this, some Apprenticeship vacancies may include over-time or weekend shifts including Saturday or Sunday work.
Our Employability and Traineeship Programme is a full-time course that runs from 9am til 3pm, Monday to Friday (35 hours per week). We like to run this course on a full-time schedule to replicate working hours, enabling Students to get familiar with a routine.
Yes! You can complete an Apprenticeship after completing a Degree but your Apprenticeship sector/industry must be different to the Degree qualification that you have previously completed. We cannot offer an Apprenticeship role to candidates who already have completed a Degree in a similar subject due to the duplication of units. Candidates who are repeating qualifications or units would not be eligible for Government funding.
No, we do not offer payment whilst you are completing Work Experience.
Students may be eligible for bursaries whilst on our Study Programme, we also offer a Travel West Midlands 16 to 18 Travelcard to ensure that students can cover expenses of traveling to their placement.
The minimum age for our Apprenticeship Programme is 16.
There is no maximum age for our Apprenticeship Programme.
You can only complete an Apprenticeship if you are not in Full-Time employment or Education/Study. This is due to time commitments and dual-funding. The Government will currently only fund you at one place of education at a time – meaning that you could not be funded for a college course and an Apprenticeship qualification. However, you can complete further study alongside your Apprenticeship if this is self-funded by yourself.
This will all depend on your circumstances. You can discuss this with our team during your interview or visit https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-work-pensions for more information.
We currently interview all candidates who are eligible before we accept them onto our Apprenticeship Caseload. We must check that you are suitable for the role you are applying for, that you have relevant qualification and that you are knowledgeable about the Apprenticeship Process. This interview with us is also a great opportunity for you to gain more information about completing an Apprenticeship and a great place to practise your interview skills before being sent to the interview with the Employer.
We are currently accepting candidates who:
– Are 16+
– Not in Full-Time Education, Employment or Training (Or looking to start something new)
– Must have grade A* to D in Maths and English or Functional Skills Level 1 and above
– Must have a career choice
– Must be eligible to work in the UK
We expect all candidates to dress in a smart and professional way to meet with our recruitment team. We want you to make a great first impression and show us how you would dress for an interview with an Apprenticeship employer. If you do not have the correct attire for an interview, our team will still see you.
Yes! You can still apply and attend our interview stage; however, our team will ask you if you are prepared to leave where you are currently studying or working before you start our programmes. If you are currently still at school and cannot leave until the academic year is finished, our team will still interview you and can place you onto a waiting list until you are ready.
No! If you are 16+ you can complete an Apprenticeship with us.
No, we do not require the company that you are completing your Industry Placement with to provide a wage/salary for you. This is for the employer to decide.
We currently offer a ‘Refer a Friend’ Scheme to all current students and Apprentices. This scheme rewards people who refer people that they know to our programmes. Please use a form that is in our Reception area or ask a member of Staff to register you for the scheme and you can receive £50 when you friend or family member complete 6 months.
We cannot guarantee that our Apprenticeship employers will pay you whilst completing a work trial due to this being a period where they are deciding whether to accept you for the role. However, we do limit un-paid Work Trials to a maximum of a week to make it fair for both the candidate and the employer.
Our team work hard to place candidates into an Apprenticeship role as soon as possible. However, we aim to ensure that all candidates are matched to a company that meets their needs, support and progression desires. The interview process with our Apprenticeship employers can also take time, as the employer must decide which of our candidates they want to employ.
Throughout this process, our recruitment team will be contacting you to provide updates as well as seeing if you are interested in other roles.
If you have been accepted onto our Apprenticeship caseload at your interview, your application form and files will then be processed by our Administration team. If you have failed to provide all necessary documents at your interview, you will then be contacted with a cut off deadline to send in those documents.
Once your file has been fully processed, our recruitment team will then begin to match you to our current Apprenticeship vacancies. Once we have found the best matches, we will send over your CV to the employers and start to arrange interviews.
If you are successful at the interview process and the employer decides to take you on as an Apprentice, we will begin to start the process of officially signing you up for the Apprenticeship Qualification. You will then be booked onto one of our Induction Sessions at our Training Centre, before being visited by your personal Assessor at your workplace.