Apprenticeships are an excellent way to kickstart your career, whether you’re a school leaver looking for your first job, a professional seeking a career change, or a career mover looking for new challenges.
With an apprenticeship, you’ll gain practical skills and knowledge while working alongside experienced professionals in your chosen industry. You’ll earn a wage while you learn, and you won’t have to pay tuition fees or take out student loans.
Explore these frequently asked questions about our range of courses.
An apprenticeship is a type of work-based training program that combines practical on-the-job learning with formal face-to-face or online training.
During an apprenticeship, apprentices work alongside experienced colleagues to gain hands-on experience and develop practical skills. They also attend off-the-job training sessions to learn the theoretical aspects of their role and industry. At the end of an apprenticeship, apprentices receive a nationally recognised qualification, which demonstrates that they have gained the knowledge and skills required to perform their job effectively.
To be eligible for an apprenticeship, you’ll need to be aged 16 or over, living in England and not be in full-time education. The level of apprenticeship you start will depend on the qualifications you have, the job you’re applying for, and the apprenticeship standard the employer wants to use.
Apprentices do not have to pay anything to complete an apprenticeship, as the cost of training is covered by the government and the employer.
There are certain circumstances where an apprentice may need to cover additional costs, such as travel expenses or the cost of any tools or equipment required for the apprenticeship.
The minimum wage for an apprentice varies depending on their age and the stage of their apprenticeship. As of April 2023, the minimum wage for apprentices is as follows:
However, many employers pay above the minimum wage for apprenticeships, with the average apprenticeship wage in the UK currently at around £7.00 per hour. It’s important to note that some employers may pay higher wages based on the industry, location, and the skills and experience of the apprentice.
English and maths are essential skills that are required for many aspects of life, including work. As an apprentice, you may need to use these skills regularly in your job, such as communicating with colleagues or customers, reading instructions, or measuring out medicines.
In addition, apprenticeships in the UK require apprentices to achieve a minimum level of English and maths as a condition of completion. This is to ensure that apprentices have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen industry and progress in their career.
By completing the English and maths components of your apprenticeship, you will be able to develop your skills in these areas and gain qualifications that are recognised by employers across many industries. This can help to enhance your employability and increase your career opportunities.
At the end of your apprenticeship, you will be assessed by an End point Assessment Organisation. Here you will have the opportunity to showcase the knowledge, skills, and behaviours that you have developed throughout the apprenticeship.
All Apprenticeships have grades of Pass, Merit and Distinction, depending on the sector.
If you think you have learning needs, it’s important to inform your employer or training provider as soon as possible. They have a duty to provide you with the support you need to succeed in your apprenticeship.
There are a range of support options available, including:
Remember, disclosing a learning need is not a barrier to success in an apprenticeship. Many apprentices have overcome learning challenges to achieve their qualifications and progress in their careers.
It depends on the specific apprenticeship program and the qualifications you already hold. In general, Level 3 apprenticeships may have specific entry requirements that include having completed a Level 2 apprenticeship or having achieved equivalent qualifications or experience.
However, some Level 3 apprenticeships may not require a Level 2 qualification, particularly if you have relevant prior experience or qualifications. It’s best to check the entry requirements for the specific apprenticeship program you’re interested in to determine whether a Level 2 qualification is necessary.
If you don’t have the necessary qualifications or experience to start a Level 3 apprenticeship directly, you may be able to start with a Level 2 apprenticeship and progress to Level 3 after completion. This can provide a valuable foundation of knowledge and skills that can be built upon in a Level 3 apprenticeship.
Apprenticeships offer a range of benefits to individuals who choose to undertake them, including:
Discounted perks that help apprentices include:
The TOTUM Apprentice is a discount card for apprentices and can be used at hundreds of high street and online brands to help their hard earned cash go a little further. For just £11 for 1 year and £19 for 2 years, discounts are available from the likes of The Co-op, Amazon, Dominos, Alton Towers, New Look and much more!
Discounts on your council tax: People on apprenticeship schemes may be eligible for council tax discounts. To benefit from this, the apprentice will need to show that they do not qualify as an adult for Council Tax. They’ll need a declaration from their employer stating their earnings and that the training leads to a qualification accredited by a body recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
As an apprentice, you will be expected to:
Overall, as an apprentice, you will be expected to be committed to your learning and development, take responsibility for your own progress, and be willing to learn and adapt to new situations.
I’d highly recommend the Brewer Apprenticeship to anyone interested in brewing. While it’s a very male dominated industry, it’s also incredibly friendly and collaborative and I hope more females join the industry. My personal career goal is to run my own craft brewery and become head brewer one day – and that would never have been possible without Greene King and the invaluable training I received through HIT Training.
L4 Brewer Apprentice
The HIT team is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they are teaching. The online classes and practical workshops are brilliant and the tutors are always there to support you. They have helped me strengthen my weaker points, such as finance, by providing full support to enable me to gain the skills and confidence to pass this part of the course.
Senior Sous Chef L4 Senior Culinary Chef Apprentice
My apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to not only improve myself but also impact the careers of those I work with by hopefully inspiring colleagues to work to the highest standard possible.
Lead at Nike L2 Retailer Apprentice
Through the success of my learning journey, I’ve developed a passion for helping those reporting to me by engaging with their career development and hopefully inspiring them to better themselves. The training has truly impacted how I motivate team members and lead by example to drive high levels of performance and commitment. I really hope to continue my learning journey with a higher level apprenticeship and build on the life-changing leadership skills I’ve learned.
Assistant Manager L3 Hospitality Supervisor Apprentice
My learning journey with HIT Training has built my confidence, knowledge, and appreciation of my craft in a stress-free, supportive environment. All whilst putting me in touch with some of the industry’s leading authorities in their field, giving me the perfect head start to a, hopefully, successful career in brewing.
Head Brewer L4 Brewer Apprentice
Throughout my journey, I’ve learnt how to make positive changes that help our team and give our customers a better experience. This has improved my confidence and shown me I’m capable of anything that I set my mind to.
Supervisor and Cellar Manager L3 Hospitality Supervisor Apprentice
With the support of HIT Training, I feel empowered in my role as I work towards my long-term goal of becoming an established leader in the culinary sector.
Chef De Partie L3 Chef De Partie Apprentice
My learning journey with HIT Training has taken my confidence to new heights! Putting my ideas directly into practice allowed me to critique my own performance and put me on the path to becoming a great leader.
Catering Manager Level 3 Facilities Management Supervisor apprenticeship
My apprenticeship opened up the vital areas of being a retail supervisor. I now have the skills and confidence to positively lead a team, manage people, resolve conflict, communicate, provide quality customer service and use maths. The regular visits and teaching materials from my HIT Vocational Trainer were pressure-free and I felt encouraging throughout.
Retail Supervisor L3 Hospitality Supervisor Apprentice
The apprenticeship covered all of the important aspects of facilities management including budgets, health and safety, management and procurement. The HIT Training learning resources were easy-to-access and understand, with plenty of practical examples and online video clips that really helped to pull everything together.
Facilities Support Co-Ordinator L3 Facilities Management Supervisor Apprentice
The time spent completing my Apprenticeship has been one of the most inspiring periods of my life. Not only was I able to find my true passion in cooking, but I’ve learnt how to continue to be inspired in my job which I believe is the most important skill to have as a chef.
Chef L2 Production Chef Apprentice
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