What is an apprenticeship?

As the government strives to achieve its target of 3 million apprenticeships by 2020, read our guide to what an Apprenticeship is and how to apply for one.

What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is when someone who works and learns at the same time.

An Apprentice will be employed in a real job within a company with a contract of employment, a salary and other benefits such as holiday and sick pay.

An Apprentice will receive a structured programme of training which can be delivered off site at a specialist training provider such as Estio Training.

An Apprentice receives quality on the job experience and gains a recognised, national qualification. There are two levels – Intermediate Apprenticeship and Advanced Apprenticeship.

Who can do an Apprenticeship?
Anyone who is 16+ and not taking part in full-time education. A willingness to gain further knowledge and skills in the workplace is also essential.

What makes an Apprenticeship different to other jobs?
An Apprenticeship is different to another role as it includes studying towards a package of qualifications whilst working full time. The qualifications will be directly relevant to the job and industry. Companies of all different sizes offer Apprenticeships and some have amazing opportunities involving really innovate projects.

What qualifications are included?
The Apprenticeship Framework contains certain learning components including: NVQ2 (Intermediate Apprenticeships) NVQ3 (Advanced Apprenticeships) and Functional Skills.

How does it work? 
Apprentices can start at any time during the year, after attending an interview and undertaking an initial assessment. Each Apprentice has an Assessor who visits them in the workplace to carry out assessments, provide support to both Apprentice and employer, and to ensure that the welfare/health and safety needs of the Apprentice are being met.

How long does it take? 
Each learner works to an individual Learning Plan. In general terms it can take 12 to 18 months per level to complete the full apprenticeship programme. Over 94% of Estio Apprentices go on into full time employment with the company.

How much does it cost? 
Apprenticeships are subject to government funding to support staff development for staff under the age of 24. The level of funding varies and we also offer discounts to employers who train more than one staff member. All Apprentices under the age of 19 and some aged 19-23 are fully funded.

Apprentices earn a wage ranging from £120 to £300 per week depending on terms and location.

What kind of Apprenticeships are there?
There are apprenticeships available at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels. These cover a wide range of industries and job roles.

It’s possible to apply for an IT Apprenticeship direct via the Estio Training website and we can help you through the application process or you can apply via the National Apprenticeships Service (NAS) website.