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Information for Apprentices

As an employee, you can 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 to work 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 apprentices' ability and the industry sector. The minimum salary is £3.30 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.

Key benefits:

  • earn a salary

  • get paid holidays

  • receive training

  • gain qualifications

  • learn job-specific skills

There are three levels of Apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:

1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships

  • Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.

2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeships

  • Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledgebased qualification.

3 - Higher Apprenticeships

  • Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.

Training

Apprenticeships are designed with the help of the employers in the industry, so they offer a structured programme that takes apprentices through the skills they need to do a job well. There are targets and checks to make sure that your employer is supporting you and you are making progress

As an employee you will be in employment for most of your time as most training takes place on the job. The rest usually takes place at a local college or a specialist training organisation.

You will also spend time off the job with a training provider - often a local college or a work-based training provider - studying for your vocational qualifcation. So all the things you study will be useful in your job and help you succeed in becoming a Paralegal.

Learning and Earning

Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money all at the same time. Apprentices work towards a work-based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) and other nationally recognised qualifications.

Qualification

Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that they've been trained in the skills they need. Apprenticeships typically take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of framework. There is no set time to complete an Apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size. The length of time taken will depend on the ability of the individual apprentice and the employer's requirements.

Earn while you learn

Apprentices do real jobs for real employers. So you are paid while you learn. If you are entering work for the first time, you will start earning from day one of their Apprenticeship.

There is no set rate of pay for apprentices, however all employed apprentices must receive a wage of no less than £3.30 per hour and a recent survey showed that the average wage per week for an apprentice is now around £170 and in some job roles around £210 per week.

As your skills develop, your pay will increase accordingly. Apprentices may also get additional money for essential books, clothing or equipment, or to help them with a disability. As an apprentice, you will receive the same benefits as other employees, such as pension contributions, subsidised canteen and leisure facilities.

Information courtsey of National Apprenticeship Service