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Essentially, an Apprenticeship is a full time job, with added training and assessment. This means that your child would be gaining on the job experience, while earning a wage, and gaining a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships are an excellent way to gain practical experience, skills and knowledge which can be implemented straight into the workplace.
An Apprenticeship both teaches you the theoretical aspect of the industry you’re working in (the academic side) as well as the practical experience you can only gain from actually working within that industry (the on the job learning).
A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for. At its core are work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement.
Absolutely nothing! If your son or daughter is aged between the ages of 16 to 18, the training is completely funded by the government. If your child is 19 or over, government funding is limited, however if they still wish to carry out an Apprenticeship at this age no costs will be incurred by the Apprentice themselves.
The minimum wage for apprentices at this point in time is £3.30 per hour as of October 1st 2015. The final wage of an Apprentice can vary, as many employers can pay more than this if they choose to do so. This is dependent on the industry, region and the level of Apprenticeship they are doing, for example some higher level Apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 - £400 per week!
Your child can visit www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship or www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk where they would need to enter all of their information before searching for vacancies. Once your child has applied for a vacancy a Training Provider will contact them to complete a telephone interview before inviting your child in for a screening. If successful from the screening the Training Provider would then arrange an interview for your child with the employer.
If they have performed well throughout the Apprenticeship, the vast majority of employers will indeed keep an Apprentice on as a full time employee. Around 90% of Apprentices stay with their current employer once their course has finished, however it is not guaranteed. If an Apprentice does not perform to the best of their ability then, like with any other employee, an Apprentice would be let go upon completion of their course.
Yes of course! All Apprentices are eligible to get an Apprentice NUS extra card, which comes to £11 for an entire year. The NUS extra card offers discounts in dozens of shops, restaurants and entertainment locations (Thorpe Park, Cinemas, etc.) and so it is well worth the £11 price tag!
As an Apprentice your son/daughter is entitled to a 16-25 young person’s railcard (£30 for one year, or £70 for three). This railcard can save you up to a 1/3 off all rail fares, which means big savings when it comes to an Apprentices commute! Your child could also get their first months travel for free through Workwise who supply a 4 week travel pass to Apprentices from day 1 of their employment.
Your child would be given a bursary form, and providing the parents meet the eligibility criteria then your child would receive Travel Expenses.
A traineeship is a pre-apprenticeship programme that aims to give learners an insight into the industry. It also provides work experience, employability skills and functional skills. Though it is unpaid, a trainee will have their travel expenses and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) provided. It is a short programme, usually taking place over a 26 week period, compared to an apprenticeship, which usually lasts for 12 months, with 13 weeks spent training, and the other 13 weeks with an employer. Apprentices are paid at least the minimum apprenticeship wage.
At Protocol we stress the importance of safeguarding, and all of our recruitment advisers and assessors adhere to our safeguarding policies. If your son or daughter are having any problems in work, they can speak to us at any time and we will make sure the problem is solved as soon as possible. The needs of our learners are of utmost priority, so support will be available throughout the entirety of their Apprenticeship.

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