John Ruskin College has had an established Apprenticeship provision for several years and is working with a wide range of employers.
If you are already working for an employer we can work with your employer to help you upskill or become an Apprentice. We can also help you if you already have an offer of an Apprenticeship from an employer.
Apprenticeships provide the opportunity to earn as you learn, build your skills and increase your employment opportunities. Your employer will support your training and pay you at least the hourly national minimum wage.
Why become an Apprentice?
An Apprenticeship can offer you the opportunity to work, earn a wage and learn your skills on the job.
The following are some of the benefits of becoming an Apprentice:
- Earning a wage
- Gaining a qualification
- Receiving quality training based on current national standards
- Gaining a skill and knowledge in the industry you are employed in
- Meeting new people and developing new opportunities
- Starting on a career path
- Opportunity to progress to the next level in your chosen career
As an Apprentice you will normally work a minimum of 30 hours on a PAYE contract, learning about the job and earning a wage, which will be a minimum of £3.70 an hour. 20% of your time will be involved in training, both with your employer and training provider.
Most Employers pay more than the National minimum wage and the average wage is between £150.00 to £180.00 per week. On some programmes you will attend College for one day a week over one to three years depending on the vocational area that you work in.
There are the various levels of Appenticeships:
- Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeships
Designed to build and consolidate knowledge and competence of operational roles within an industry. An intermediate Apprenticeship is equivalent to five good GCSE passes
- Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeships
Ideal for Advanced practitioners and considered a technical role in many industries. They cover all aspects of learning and are designed to support career progression and preparation for managerial development. An Advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to 2 A Level passes.
- Higher Level 4 & 5 Apprenticeships, and Degree Level 6 and 7 Apprenticeships
They are a work-based route in to higher education. These are increasing in availability and popularity with learners and employers, as an alternative to attending University.