What is an apprenticeship?
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, apprentices get training to work towards nationally-recognised qualifications.
- earn a salary
- get paid holidays
- receive training
- gain qualifications
- learn job-specific skills
Salary and hours
Around £11,500 a year for Level 2 apprenticeships and £16,000 a year for Level 3. Hours are full time, 36 hours per week, including compulsory attendance at college. Apprenticeships run for one year at Level 2 and 18 months at Level 3.
Who can apply?
To be eligible for the council’s scheme, you must live in Hammersmith & Fulham, have the right to work in the UK, be aged 16 or over and have a qualification of less than level 3 (equivalent to A-Levels and above). Anyone who has a qualification of level 3 or above cannot be considered. You do not need any qualifications to apply for an apprenticeship.
Employers all over the country recognise and value apprenticeships as they show that you’ve been trained in the skills they need. Once you’ve completed your apprenticeship you will be ready to take the next step in your career.
Background checks – what it means
Some posts require candidates to undergo background checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, previously known as CRB) which will reveal criminal records, including convictions which are ‘spent’. The check is necessary as some posts involve dealing with or having access to children or vulnerable adults. This does not mean that applicants with a criminal record may not be employed – but you should declare any convictions in your application.
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