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Apprenticeship FAQs

Learn more about apprenticeships with our FAQs below.

Why choose Bradford College Apprenticeships?

– We offer apprenticeships in a huge range of sectors giving young people the opportunity to earn while they learn.
– We have been delivering apprenticeships for over 30 years and have supported thousands of people to successfully complete their apprenticeship and go on to have successful careers.
– Our success rates are higher than the national average and many of our apprentices have won industry awards.
– 97% of our students go on to secure employment following the completion of their apprenticeship.

What is an apprenticeship?

– An apprenticeship is a work-based qualification that combines ‘on the job’ training in a real paid job with ‘off the job’ study on a day or block release basis.
– An average week for an apprentice includes one day studying at a college or private training provider and the rest of the week gaining work experience in a real job.
– Apprenticeships last between one and four years depending on the industry and level.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

– You will gain industry recognised qualifications and build real hands on work experience all whilst earning a salary. Put simply – you earn while you learn.
– Apprenticeships can lead to Higher Education such as a Foundation degree for some areas.

How much can I earn?

– The apprenticeship minimum wage is set at £4.15 (as of April 2020) however many employers pay more than this. Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship.
– The apprenticeship minimum wage applies to 16-18 year olds and those aged over 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship. After their first year, apprentices aged 19 and above earn at least the national minimum wage.
– Apprentices get paid 5 days per week meaning they earn whilst they work and study.

What support will I receive during my apprenticeship?

To begin with, you will be assigned a Recruitment Co-ordinator whose role it is to provide you with the most up to Career Information, Advice and Guidance. Your Recruitment Co-Ordinator will send your CV across to our partner employers with apprenticeship vacancies and arrange interviews on your behalf. However, they will also encourage you to send your CV’s to employers that you are interested in working for as this can be equally as effective and increases your chances of finding an apprenticeship placement.
 
Once you have started your apprenticeship, you will be assigned a Training Coordinator. It is their role to support you from day one and for the duration of your Apprenticeship. They will visit you every 10 weeks to review your progress and will be available to speak to you at any time should you need to. Your assessors and tutors are also there to support you with your qualifications throughout your training.

How do I apply?

You can apply for an apprenticeship at any time during the year. Please be aware that some of our apprenticeships start in September so we advise you to apply by Easter. You can apply here.
 
Providing you meet our entry criteria, we will then invite you in for an initial assessment which consists of a short online maths and English test and an interview. Each apprenticeship has a benchmark level which you will need to achieve in the assessment to be eligible. If you fail to meet the benchmark for the course of your choice, you will be given the opportunity to resit the assessment on one more occasion.
 
Once you have successfully completed the assessment and interview, we will begin the search for an employer for you to start your apprenticeship with and get your career started!

Last updated: 23 July 2020

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