What is an apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a means of gaining qualifications whilst being employed. An apprentice will be an employee of a company and will receive a wage, whilst being allowed one day per week to attend the learning centre.

What wage does an apprentice receive?

This is dependent upon your employer, however it will meet national minimum wage requirements.

For 16 to 18 years olds, the apprentice wage is £3.40 per hour.

For over 19s, the minimum wage is £3.40 per hour if you are in your first year but then it will increase to the minimum wage that is applicable to your age.

When will I start receiving my wage?

You will start to receive a wage once you are employed. If you begin an apprenticeship with us without being employed you will not receive a wage.

I have started my course but I have yet to receive a wage?

You will not receive a wage until you are employed as your wage will be paid by your employer, not Engineering Works.

Is there assistance in finding suitable employment?

At Engineering Works, we have a dedicated employer engagement team who can help source a suitable placement. Please note that you are able to find your own suitable placement but details of this employer will need to be shared with Engineering Works.

Who is eligible for an apprenticeship at Engineering Works?

You must be aged 16 to 24 years old.

You must not have already completed an apprenticeship in the same, or similar area, at the same level.

You cannot have completed a degree.

Please note you will be required to complete an assessment and your previous learning achievements will be checked to ensure eligibility.

What does it mean if I cannot start my apprenticeship without employment?

For some of our courses we are unable to start working with you towards your qualifications as you need to be employed. Upon registering with us we will require your CV and we will look for suitable employment for you, however we do ask that you actively look to find suitable employment yourself.

Why do we have day release from our employer?

It is a requirement that you attend your learning centre one day per week to gain the necessary underpinning knowledge required for your course, which will also benefit you in your employment.

How do I get assessed?

The type of assessment required specifically for your course will be outlined by your course tutor.

On an apprenticeship you will be assessed by your tutor in the work place in order to review and assess your progress, and you will be required to complete any assignments as given to you by your tutor.

What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship?

Getting qualified whilst in a job can mean:

  • You work better and more effectively
  • It can set you up to move into new and better jobs
  • You get paid
  • You get to experience new and different challenges
  • Your existing skills and knowledge are recognised and can help you gain a qualification faster
  • You learn at your own pace and get support when you need it
  • Better job security
  • You gain skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries

I am already employed can I still do an apprenticeship?

Yes you can, providing your employer agrees and that your apprenticeship course is in a relative area to your employment.

What is the role of the employer?

The employer will give you an induction their company. They will provide you with on site training and pay your wages. You will be assigned a supervisor who will be responsible for helping you throughout your training.

Can I choose where I work?

Yes you can, providing the employment is relevant to your apprenticeship course. Construction Works can assist you in making this decision to ensure that you get the most out of doing your apprenticeship.

How long is an apprenticeship?

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.

Why have I been advised to go on a Traineeship before an Apprenticeship?

Traineeships can give you extra experience that will support you in securing your apprenticeship and employment. Traineeships can also help you boost your functional skills levels and give you some additional employability training.

What is the difference between Apprenticeships and Traineeships Programmes?

Apprenticeships involved paid employment and training, whereas Traineeships offer work experience. Apprenticeship courses also are longer in length and a broader range of qualifications are achieved.

Traineeships programmes are designed to suit your needs and requirements to help you progress to the next stage of your career, whether it be an apprenticeship or employment.