What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a work based qualification that helps individuals break into a professional career or sector. With an apprenticeship, you have the chance learn the ins and outs of the sector and gain a nationally recognised qualification. There’s even a chance to be offered promotions and a full time position after completion!

Why do an apprenticeship?

Gaining relevant hands on experience in the sector of your choice is a great way to advance your career. Plus you will gain insight into industry standards and practices. Many employers these days would rather find someone with experience and industry knowledge, rather than focus on grades or a university degree (Though these are still highly regarded).

An apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to have a full time position while you learn. You will receive on the job training from one of our excellent standard training providers,  Receiving a qualification in the sector, prove your ability and lend authenticity to your CV.

How does an an apprenticeship work?

An Apprenticeship is about building your skills and knowledge for a specific sector of work. For example, you want to look at business management as a career, but only have experience in retail. If you were to apply for that position, you would most likely be rejected due to your lack of office experience.

An apprenticeship won’t just give you experience in that sector, but the knowledge needed to progress and advance your career. To ensure that you are learning everything you can, you will be given coursework and exams throughout the apprenticeship. Each apprentice is also partnered with a fantastic tutor who is there to guide and offer advice through online calls and face to face visits. 360 Apprenticeships can offer an alternative sense of guidance and support that many educational systems don’t have the resources to facilitate.

As many of our apprenticeship positions start at level 3 (equivalent to A – Level), you can progress into full time positions and leading industry roles; all without a university degree. You also work full time, meaning that you essentially get paid to learn! Say goodbye to student loans/debts, and hello to a working wage.

I don’t know what sector I should work in?

Not everyone knows what they want to do and that’s okay. The trickiest part is knowing which path to take and if it will be right for you; here are 360 Apprenticeships, we specialise in some of the most sort out sectors which include:

We offer one to one mentoring and job support to assist you in finding your ideal apprenticeship. We will work with you to increase your potential of being employed in a sector of your choice. We can help with improving your interview skills, give you feedback and guidance to help you gain valuable employment,  enabling you to earn whilst you learn.

We partner with nationally recognised premier rated Training Providers with tutors who have extensive training and evidenced experience in the sector.

As long as you are 16 or over and no longer in full time education, you can apply for an apprenticeship. The average ages for an apprentice range from 16 – 25, but many employers are happy to hire the right apprentice of any age.

This is predominantly determined by the employer and the vacancy, but most employers look for candidates with A*-C (9 – 4) in GCSE or equivalent (Functional Skills Level 2). However, if a candidate shows an aptitude for the subject area and has evidenced interest previous to applying, it is rare for the candidate not to be considered.

The National Minimum Wage for apprentices in their first year is £4.30 an hour as of April 2021. However, some employers pay rates more than this. Hourly wage often depends on the particular vacancy, age and the applicant’s experience.

Depending on the apprenticeship you are looking to complete, the qualification can take between 12 – 18 months. Apprenticeships in Childcare, Teaching, IT and Digital Marketing will be between 12 – 15 months. Business Administration will take 12 months to complete.

If you are aged between 16 to 18, training will be fully funded 100% by the Government. Those aged between 19 and 24 will have 95% of their training cost funded by the Government and 5% by the employer. So if you are worried about loans and overdrafts, there is no need to be.

How the training is delivered depends on the training provider, but all apprentices will have a tutor to guide through the apprenticeship. Currently everything is done online; including tutor sessions/updates, coursework and more

Most apprentices progress onto permanent employment once the apprenticeship is completed. Some apprentices further their career with a promotion in the field, whilst others continue to the next Level qualification in their sector.

Even after looking through 100s of job adverts, information or websites, you can feel overwhelmed and back at square one. This is where we can help. Here at 360 Apprenticeships, we will discuss you current skill set and interests to determine the best route for you. Our goal is to ensure that we set you on the right path to gain a successful career with the perfect employer and qualification. You might even be surprise where you end up!

What do 360 Apprenticeships offer?

We have a continuous stream of fantastic roles and opportunities across England, from big corporations to independent businesses. We will discuss each role in your area and field to find the right fit for you. 360 Apprenticeships offer one to one mentoring and job support to assist you in finding your ideal apprenticeship. We will work with you personally to increase your potential of being employed in a sector of your choice.

If you struggle with interviews (whether it is your first or have attended too many to count), we can give you advice and guidance on how to improve your interview skills. This can be from going over practice questions to detailed feedback and blogs with advice and guidance.

Everyone at 360 Apprenticeships wants to see every candidate succeed via the apprenticeship scheme. So if you feel that the Apprenticeship is the right route for you, get in touch!