Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace.
Apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full time education can apply.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the person’s ability and the industry sector.
South Staffordshire College offers Apprenticeships in the following areas:
PDF leaflets for each of the above courses will be available on the website shortly.
From 1st October 2012 the Apprentice National Minimum Wage (NMW) will rise from £2.60 per hour to £2.65 per hour. This applies to all Apprentices under the age of 19 and those aged 19 and over in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship.
The change will not affect apprentices aged 19 or over that have already completed a year of their apprenticeship. They will instead be entitled to the full NMW appropriate to their age. This remains at £4.98 for those aged 19-20 and rises to £6.19 for those aged 21 plus.
Many employers already pay apprentices above this minimum wage, and this change will not affect employees in these circumstances.
How do I find out about apprenticeship opportunities in my area?
There is a lot more information about apprenticeships, together with a search facility for apprenticeship opportunities in your area on the national website which is:
or call our dedicated team on 01543 438615
You may also find some useful information on the South Staffs Work Clubs website at: www.southstaffsworkclubs.co.uk
For more information on our apprenticeships call our dedicated team on 01785 710529.