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This depends on the type of Apprenticeship you undertake, it could either be a BTEC or an NVQ. Both are nationally recognised qualifications. They are also available in different levels, including Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4. To find a full list of the apprenticeship programmes we offer at The Source, click here.
Apprenticeships can be offered in many different professions and sectors. At The Source, we offer intermediate, advanced and higher level apprenticeships.
Intermediate Apprenticeship = Level 2 = 5 GCSEs
Advanced Apprenticeship = Level 3 = 2 A Levels
Higher Apprenticeship = Level 4 = Foundation Degree
The apprenticeship you chose to do will have a minimum time to complete. This all depends on each apprenticeship programme and the level that you’re studying at. Some take a minimum of 12 months; others can take up to 24 months. Each qualification specification explains the average time it takes to complete, but this might take you a little less or a little more.
It might all seem overwhelming at first but it’s a very simple process. Once you’ve secured your apprenticeship, you’ll be assigned a tutor at The Source. You’ll meet your tutor, who will go through the OneFile system, where the tasks for your qualification will be found. When you start your employment, you’ll work a minimum of 30 hours a week. You’ll be expected to do both on-the-job training and off-the-job training.
You’ll either be on a Framework or Standards assessment type. If you’re on a framework apprenticeship, you’ll be assessed throughout your apprenticeship. Whereas, if you’re on the newer standards type of assessment, you’ll gain knowledge and skills throughout your apprenticeship but will have an ‘end point’ assessment at the end of your apprenticeship.
If you’re 16 years old or over, you can start an apprenticeship. There’s no age limit, you can never be too old to start an apprenticeship. Actually, choosing an apprenticeship can be a great option for adults who may have been out of work for a while and/or ready for a career change! Get yourself into a completely new sector, while learning new skills, gaining knowledge and earning money.
Apprentices aged between 16-18 earn the national minimum wage of £3.90. If you’re 19 or older and in the first year of your apprenticeship, you will also be on the national minimum wage of £3.90 for the first year. After you complete the first year, you’ll automatically be entitled to the minimum wage of your age.
Nope! There’s plenty of employers who offer apprenticeships, from large companies, to smaller businesses. With our vacancy finder, you can easily search for apprenticeships. Just filter by the region and sector you’re wanting, to find results of jobs.
If you don’t have the right entry requirements or work experience, you would benefit from doing a traineeship instead. A traineeship will give you the chance to undergo a training programme for up to 6 months alongside work experience.
The best advice we can give if you’re unsure, would be to attend one of our Information sessions, which happen weekly at The Source. In these sessions, the team will help you discuss your career options and what the best first step would be for you. You can book onto these by clicking here.
This depends entirely up to you! Many apprenticeships stay on at the same employer, either to progress onto the next level apprenticeship or they will be offered a full-time job. You may decide that you want to find a job elsewhere, or that you even want to go to university. Your options are wide and varied once you’ve completed your apprenticeship.
Steps to Work
Steps to Work is a programme run by The Source Academy that aims to build a tailored approach at making you more employable and grow your confidence along the way.
If you’re unemployed and aged 16 or older, you can join us on our steps to work programme. If you’re in employment and you’re looking for a way to develop your skills, please see our sister programme, Skills Support for the Workforce.
We know that everyone is different, therefore the Steps to Work programme is tailored to each individual, so that we can make it work best for your needs.
We will assess what areas you need development in, and our expert team will find the best route for you. This will usually involve functional skills in Maths and English, CV writing skills, IT skills and sector specific training. The Steps to Work programme can also include a work placement in your desired sector, to gain work experience to add to your CV.
A traineeship is similar to the Steps to Work programme, however a traineeship must include a work placement, whereas the steps to work programme does not need a work placement as part of the programme.
We offer work placements in: Retail, Customer Service and Health & Social Care.
We provide sector specific training to get you ready for work in your chosen sector.
The programme can last anywhere between 1 week to 6 months. We will work through the programme with you, to work out what’s best for you.
We aim to help our learners gain the knowledge they need to get a job; this will include functional skills qualifications Maths and English from entry level up to level 2. Therefore, this might take some longer than others, however we aim to get you work ready within 6 months.
Steps to Work aims to make you more confident and more employable. We help with CV skills and give advice on looking for jobs. If you decide after the programme that you would like to look for an apprenticeship, we have an in-house team who can support you with your apprenticeship job search too.
Currently, we do not offer any free education for employed people. However, we do run a Skills Support for the Workforce programme that offers free training to staff members in companies who are looking to develop the skills of their staff.