Frequently asked questions

An Apprenticeship is when an individual works and learns at the same time. As an apprentice, you will be working in a real job where you will be employed by a company, have a contract of employment, get paid a salary and be entitled to all of the statutory benefits such as holiday and sick pay.

There are three main levels of Apprenticeship:

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An Intermediate Apprenticeship is normally the starting point for many students leaving school. The idea is that you can progress through the levels as you advance your career and gain more experience.

There are a number of different factors that have to be considered when working out which level you will start your Apprenticeship at. It will depend on your qualifications and how much experience you have got as well as what the job role is.

The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on prior skills levels of the apprentice, the qualification being obtained and industry sector. Generally, Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete. For anyone aged 16-18 starting an Apprenticeship, the minimum duration is 12 months.

This depends on the type of Apprenticeship and the type of job role that you are undertaking. Some qualifications are quicker to achieve than others. For example, a Business Administration Apprenticeship can normally be achieved in 12 months, whereas an Engineering Apprenticeship might take up to 4 years to complete.

Every employer offering an Apprenticeship vacancy will decide what they want to pay their apprentice when they advertise. Like all jobs, salaries might vary depending on the type of job, where it is based, how much responsibility you will have and the sector it is in.

There is a National Minimum Wage for Apprentices which is different to the National Minimum Wage for other jobs. The minimum an Apprentice can be paid, per hour, is £3.30 (from October 2015). This rate can be paid to an apprentice aged under 19, or those in their first year. If you are aged 19 or over and past your first year of the Apprenticeship, you will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate that applies to your age.

Your hours of work should be arranged at the initial interview stage. In general your hours of work and college should not exceed 40 hours a week.

As a Chamber Apprentice you will be allocated a Training Advisor, an Assessor and a Tutor to support you through your qualification.

At Chamber Apprenticeships we want to make sure that you have the best opportunity to achieve. In order to do this, we have to make sure that we start you off at the right level in the right job role. The initial assessments are just one of the ways that we do this.

You should bring a copy of your CV and any certificates that you have achieved. We can offer advice and help you to improve your CV to give you the best possible opportunity of success.