Your Questions Answered...
Q: How old do you have to be?
A: You need to be at least 16 years old by the time an Apprenticeship. There's no age limit - an adult can train as an Apprentice too.
Q: How much will I earn?
A: The current minimum wage for an Apprentice is £3.40 per hour but employers can, and often do, pay more. This rate applies to Apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first years. All other Apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age.
Q: What are the entry requirements?
A: You may need up to five GCSEs at grade A*-C - including English and maths. Entry requirements vary between individual Apprenticeships - please see detailed course information on our website.
Q: Where will my Apprenticeship be based?
A: The majority of Apprenticeships are based in the workplace and include one day a week at College, however some are 100% work-based. Please see individual course information on our website.
Q: What support do Apprentices received?
A: As an Apprentice you will receive support from your employee, your lecturer at Boston College if your course involved College attendance, and you will also have an Assessor from College who will visit you in the workplace to support your progress.
Q: How much will it cost?
A: As an Apprentice it won't cost you anything. Your employer may have to pay towards your training as well as providing you with a wage but there are grants available to help them.
Q: Where do I start when searching for an Apprenticeship and job vacancy?
A: The Advisers within our Apprenticeship Team are able to support you to choose the right Apprenticeship for you, and can also help you ti find a relevant job vacancy - they have vacancies waiting! They can also provide CV support if you need it.
Q: I've already got a job, can I still do an Apprenticeship?
A: Definitely - if your employer agrees you can become an Apprentice where you work now. You can contact our Apprenticeship Team yourself for more information, or your employer can do this directly.
Q: Will I get holiday pay?
A: You will be entitled to the same conditions as other employees working at similar grades or in similar roles, including; paid annual leave, sick pay, and company benefits.
Q: How long does an Apprenticeship take?
A: It will depend on the individual Apprenticeship but it could take as little as 1 year, or up to 4 years.
Q: Who do I contact for more information?
A: Contact the information line at Boston College for everything you need - call 01205 313238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org