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FOCUS ON

APPRENTICESHIPS

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ports coaching,
hairdressing,
business, animal
care, aviation,
marketing, social
media, sales,
IT, engineering,
finance, media... if a career in any
of these industries appeals to you,
you may be interested to know
they're all sectors in which it's
possible to do an apprenticeship.
An apprenticeship is a great way
to get hands-on training in the
career of your choice while getting
qualifications (to degree level,
should you so wish) and earning a
salary. You'd be in good company
- the number of people starting
new apprenticeships between 2015
and 2016 was more than 500,000,

HOW MUCH
CAN I EARN
AS AN
APPRENTICE?
The current wage rate for an
apprentice is £3.50 per hour, which
applies to apprentices under the age
of 19 or those over 19 in their first
year of training. If you're over 25,
you're entitled to the national living
wage, which is £7.50 per hour.

and there are around 23,000
apprenticeship opportunities listed
every month. Proposals set out
by the government in May 2017
outlined plans to increase funding
of apprenticeships to £2.5bn,
double what it was in 2010.
There are many benefits of doing
an apprenticeship. As well as gaining
job-specific skills, you'll get paid
to study (usually one day a week)
and your employer may cover your
travel expenses to get to college.
You'll work alongside experienced
staff, gaining expert industry
knowledge and those all-important
contacts, while at the same time
earning a salary and getting paid
holiday pay. It's a package that
makes an apprenticeship very
appealing, especially in a competitive

CASE STUDY
Billy Dolman, 19
Billy is studying
for a business
administration
apprenticeship with
Sheffield-based
manufacturer PCT
Automotive (pctautomotive.com).
He recently gained a Level 2
qualification and is aiming to
complete Level 3 in 2018
"I enjoyed school and did well in my
GCSEs, so decided to go on to sixth
form college to study PE, media,
English language and maths. But
after a year there I was finding it
frustrating - what I really wanted
was hands-on experience and to
feel that I was learning a trade.
"I spoke with the college careers
adviser, who told me about PCT, a
manufacturing company in Sheffield
that runs apprenticeship schemes
and is even involved with apprentice
exchange programmes with other
European countries. I liked the fact
that it had been in operation for
more than 90 years and has a strong
record of taking on apprentices
after their studies are finished.
"I decided to give it a go and I
haven't looked back. I started by
getting experience across all the
departments, from sales to accounts,
which I really enjoyed. Then in June
this year, I was asked to take on
a buying role. I love the feeling of
getting off the phone from suppliers
and feeling as though I've got a
really good deal for the company!
"I do regular study days and last
year passed my Level 2 qualifications
in business and administration.
Next year I'm hoping to sit Level
3 exams in procurement so I can
progress in the buying department.
"I'll do as many qualifications
as I can - and to be able to get
them while doing relevant work
experience is ideal. I have no regrets
at all about the path I've taken."

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