One of the options open to you after the age of 16 is to train through an Apprenticeship.
This is a way of learning the skills necessary for various careers while earning at the same time.
An Apprenticeship will often suit young people who do not want to go into full-time further or higher education, but still want to gain extra qualifications that are work related.
So what is an apprenticeship
What type of Apprenticeship can I take?
Overall there are more than 190 different occupations in which you can train through an Apprenticeship, from animal care to building trades, from administration to catering.
At Paignton Sec we concentrate on the skills needed in the business sector, specifically Business and Administration, Customer Service, Management, Retail and ITQ
Are there different levels of Apprenticeship?
The Apprenticeships that we offer start at level 2 and in some courses go up to level 7.
Where will I learn?
Most of you training will take place in the workplace. You may be required to come in to the college from time to time to sit exams.
How long does it take to complete an Apprenticeship?
This will vary according to the employer, the type of occupation you are training for and the level of Apprenticeship, but Apprenticeships normally take between one and two years.
The length of time taken to complete your training will also depend on your own skills and ability.
What will I earn?
There is no single rate of pay for an Apprentice. It will depend on your employer and your job role, but there is a minimum agreed rate. As of April 2017 the minimum hourly rate for an apprentice is £3.50 per hour.
An apprentice is entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:
· aged under 19
· aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship
An employer will often contribute to things like books or special clothing and equipment you need and you are also entitled to paid holidays like other employees.
In most cases the rate of pay will increase as you become more skilled and experienced.
Where can I find more information?
You can contact Paignton Sec direct on 01803 559816 and ask to speak to Sarah.
Visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk. This site has lots of detailed information about the different types of Apprenticeship available and you can also search for vacancies.
You can register your details on the site and complete an application form to apply online to as many as ten vacancies at a time.
Where can an Apprenticeship lead?
You may progress to a higher level Apprenticeship or continue into more highly skilled employment.