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Have you got some unanswered questions about Apprenticeships? If yes, take a look at the below!

Are there any costs involved?
• If you’re 16-18 years old then the Apprenticeship is fully funded by the Government, this means there are no costs involved for you or your employer.
• If you’re aged 19+ then the Apprenticeship is only partially funded, this means your employer has to contribute to the cost of your training.

Are there any specific grades or skills required to complete an Apprenticeship?
Each employer will be looking for different skills, qualities and qualifications in their successful new recruit; all of which will be detailed in the vacancy description. The majority of Apprenticeships do not have specific grade requirements however there are some exceptions. For instance our Level 3 Electrotechnical Services Apprenticeship requires at least GCSE C grades in both Maths and English. 

With any Apprenticeship, if you do not obtain your GCSE C grades in Maths and English you will work towards your Functional Skills alongside your NVQ as part of your training.

How can I apply for an Apprenticeship?
• Applying for an Apprenticeship is just like applying for a full time job, so it’s all about selling yourself and proving why you’re the best candidate for the job. We advertise all of our Apprenticeship vacancies for our September starts from around Easter each year, but you'll find vacancies throughout the year. Each advert will be live and available for you to apply for approximately 2-4 weeks. Details on the application process can be found below.

Be sure to check the start date of the Apprenticeships you see online as this will tell you when the employer wants their apprentice to start. Each advert will detail the closing date and expected interview and start date so make sure these dates match up to when you will be available to do an Apprenticeship. As a school leaver, the earliest you could start an Apprenticeship would be July of the year you do your GCSEs. 

• Look out for our live vacancies on the City College Norwich and National Apprenticeship Service website - https://ccn.ac.uk/apprenticeship-vacancies https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeshipsearch

• Alternatively you can find your own employer and we’ll happily sort all of the paperwork. All you need to do is get in touch and provide the following information for us to contact your employer: name of the business, contact name for your expected line manager and their phone number. One of our Business Advisers will then be able to get in touch to talk further about the Apprenticeship and explain how your employer could best support you through the qualification.

What can I do in the meantime before applying for an Apprenticeship?
• Even if you’ve definitely decided you would like to do an Apprenticeship you need to have back up options in the form of Sixth Form or College courses. Make sure you get your applications in by Christmas! This means that if you don’t gain an Apprenticeship next year you’ll still have the chance to complete a course of interest to you.

• Find yourself some work experience. If you can source some work experience which is relevant to your Apprenticeship or chosen career then that would be even better! You never know, if you make a good enough impression and show you’re capable of doing the job then this could turn into an Apprenticeship. If this happens, then all you need to do is follow the guidance above and contact us with your employer’s details.

This is one of the best ways to obtain an Apprenticeship as you’re being proactive in finding your own employer and at the same time you’re avoiding competition from other candidates who may have chosen to apply for the position if it was advertised online.

What happens when I’m on the Apprenticeship?
• You will be assigned an assessor who will visit you on a regular basis in order to support you with completion of the qualification. Just like on a BTEC course there are lots of different units to complete, however on an Apprenticeship there are optional units which you could choose to complete. Providing your line manager and assessor is happy for you to complete a unit, this could give you the opportunity to try a new task and vary your responsibilities within the workplace. 

• At the end of the course you will go away with a portfolio of evidence to show how you have achieved all of the units; this shows your understanding of the course.

Whilst working as an Apprentice your employer will need to ensure that:

• You are employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and a maximum of 40 hours per week
• You are paid a wage which includes the time you spend in college - The National Minimum Wage for Apprentices is £3.50 per hour. This is the legal minimum pay per hour for 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship.  Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed their first year and are continuing their Apprenticeship, must be paid the National Minimum wage appropriate to their age.A lot of our employers choose to pay more than the National Minimum Wage!
• You have a contract of employment - the contract will need to be at least for the length of the Apprenticeship course
• You receive an induction covering Health and Safety.

If you would like support in producing a strong application to help you get that all important interview or have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact our Recruitment Advisor by calling 01603 773 387 or by emailing recruitapprentice@ccn.ac.uk.