Apprenticeships

Answers to Common Questions frequently asked by Apprentices

 

How do I apply for an Apprenticeship through KYP?

You need to apply just like you would for any other job. You can apply for a specific Apprenticeship or you can send in a general enquiry and the team will talk to you about the kind of Apprenticeship you’re looking for and either match you to a current vacancy or look for something that matches your requirements.

Some employers want a CV so you need to put one of these together or update one you already have. If you need help with this let us know and we’ll support you to develop one.

You will also need to attend an interview with an employer and we can help you prepare for this too.

Call the Apprenticeship team on 01706 630140 or e-mail us on apprenticeships@kyp.org.uk.

 

What about my level of Maths and English?

To help us work out what level you are working at we may ask you to take a basic Maths and English test.

You may not have to take this if you have GCSE grades A-C in English and Maths awarded within the last 5 years or you already have Key Skills (in Communication or Application of Number at Level 1 or 2) or Functional Skills (in English and/or Maths at Level 1 or 2) but to help us to determine this it would be helpful if you could bring in your certificates.

If you don’t have GCSE’s or Functional/Key Skills already it won’t stop you from doing an Apprenticeship, it just means that you will have to do Functional Skills as part of your Apprenticeship framework.

If you are looking at doing an Early Years Apprenticeship there are some rules around progressing to Level 3. The government have said that you need GCSE A-C in English and Maths before you can sign up for the Early Years Educator (Level 3) programme, so you will need to look at taking your GCSE’s at the same time as doing your Level 2 Children and Young People’s Workforce and ensure that you have this before you start your Level 3. Unless you have the GCSE’s you will not have a ‘license to practice’ and cannot be counted in staff ratios until you have them.

 

Is there an age limit for apprenticeships?

No, you can start an Apprenticeship at any age after you leave full time education at 16. However Apprenticeship are only funded up to the age of 24, after this age you and your employer will need to pay for your training.

 

How much do Apprentices get paid?

Your employer may choose to pay you more than the Apprenticeship minimum wage and may decide to increase your wages as your skills develop., however, if you’re under 19 your employer has to pay you at least the apprentice minimum wage which is currently £3.30 an hour.

If you’re 19 when you’ve completed the first year of your apprenticeship, your employer has to pay you at least the full National Minimum Wage.

Government information on national minimum wage rates.

You will also get at least 20 days paid holiday a year plus Bank Holidays – the same as any other employee.

 

How many hours will I need to work in a week?

All Apprentices work a minimum of 30 hours a week and no more than 40 hours per week. This includes any training time at college (off the job) and on the job (with the employer). You must be paid for all the time you spend training, whether it's at college or on the job. Your working hours will be agreed with your employer.

 

What qualifications will I get?

This will depend on the job role you are doing and what your employer wants you to do. You will usually start at Level 2 as this is where you will learn the basics of the industry you’re working in and more about your new job role, and then progress to Level 3 as your job role develops. In most cases you will need to be in a position of responsibility to move into Level 3, this could mean that you are responsible for a specific piece of work or group of people or supporting another Apprentice starting out at Level 2.

Your Apprenticeship framework will, in most cases, involve completing some of all of the following components: -

• An NVQ in your field of learning or employment (Business Admin, Customer Service, Early Years, Elderly Care, Hospitality, Catering or Team Leading).
• Technical Certificate – if not embedded into the NVQ already.
• A Unit on Employer rights and Responsibilities.
• Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.
• Functional Skills in English, maths and ICT (Admin and Early Years)
• First Aid and Basic Food Hygiene (if required)

 

How long does an Apprenticeship take?

The Apprenticeships KYP deliver usually take between 12-15 months for a Level 2 and between 18-24 months for a Level 3. This will be discussed and agreed with you and your employer.

You will be expected to attend all agreed sessions in centre and all meetings planned with your assessor which will help you achieve your Apprenticeship. If you fail to meet any of your appointments or training sessions this will no doubt have an effect on the length of time it takes you to complete your training.

 

What does each level mean?

Level 2 = 5 good GCES’s at grades A-C

Level 3 = 2 A Levels

Level 4/5 = Foundation Degree

 

Can I apply for an Apprenticeship if I have a degree?

Yes. However Apprentices who have a degree are not eligible for funding, so your employer would have to pay your training costs.

 

I already have a job; can I still apply for an Apprenticeship?

Yes, talk to your employer about getting some training and then contact us on apprenticeships@kyp.org.uk. or via 01706 630140. We will arrange to meet with you and your employer and find the best qualification and level for you depending on your needs and job role.