As you start an apprenticeship, we expect that you’ll have plenty of questions about the process. This is completely understandable, so to make it easier for you, we’ve listed a selection of Frequently Asked Questions by new apprentices or young adults considering an apprenticeship.
What hours do apprentices work, and do I get holiday allowance?
An apprentice will usually work the same hours as a regular full-time employee, which is around 37.5 hours a week for an office worker. Regulations have been put in place for young workers under the age of 18 which means they must not exceed 8 hours a day or 40 hours per week. Apprentices are equally entitled to paid annual leave. You’ll receive at least 20 days’ paid holiday a year, as well as bank holidays. Depending on the employer, you may receive more annual leave days a year, but you should never receive less than 20 days.
What is 20% off-the-job training and why do I need to do it?
20% off-the-job training was introduced on the 1st May 2017 and is a requirement of every apprenticeship. It needs to be logged by yourself throughout your apprenticeship and is in place to support you with your apprenticeship. The 20% off-the-job can include: inductions, shadowing, 1-2-1s, research, training, continued personal development, workshops and more. It does not include time outside of your working hours.
What is the commitment needed from apprentices?
As an apprentice, we expect open and regular communication and for you to keep us up-to-date throughout the duration of your apprenticeship. Like any other employee, you are expected to be on time to work and dressed smartly or in your uniform as specified by your employer. Attendance should also be taken very seriously. It is important to be aware of your social media and mobile phone usage too – absolute minimal usage in the workplace!
What happens at the end of the apprenticeship?
Over 90% of all of our apprentices stay in employment once the apprenticeship finishes and many progress onto our higher-level apprenticeships! The best way to stay with the same employer and progress onto our higher-level apprenticeships is to show dedication throughout your apprenticeship, which could ultimately lead to further promotion through the company. Gaining a qualification through an apprenticeship doesn’t restrict you to that role or industry forever though. If your chosen role doesn’t turn out to be your cup of tea, after completing your apprenticeship you’re not trapped there for the rest of your career.
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Can you change employer during your apprenticeship?
It’s unlikely that you’d have any reason to leave your current employer, that Babington couldn’t help to resolve first, but in this case, you are able to continue with your current apprenticeship qualification with a new and approved employer, which we will support you in finding.
What apprenticeships pay the most?
The minimum wage for an apprenticeship is currently £3.50 an hour, which does change annually. Most apprenticeships will offer this rate, but at the discretion of the company, they could offer more, which will be outlined in the vacancy. You will find that higher apprenticeships (level 4 and higher) will offer an increased salary compared to lower level qualifications. According to RateMyApprenticeship, the highest paid apprenticeship for 2017/18 is within the Accountancy industry. You may want to read our previous post ‘How much do accountancy apprentices earn?’ to find out more on this. Falling in second place was the Government/Not for Profit industry at just over £19,000. This left third place for the Banking industry at just under £19,000.
When do apprenticeships start?
Unlike applying for college or university, there is no set date to apply for an apprenticeship. While some apprenticeship providers have a set start date, Babington apprenticeships are available to start all year round, so you can send in an application at any time. Each apprenticeship vacancy will generally have its own start date which has been provided by the employer, so each position varies.
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If there is anything you’d like to discuss which we haven’t covered, feel free to call us on 01332 345 450 or alternatively, speak to us on the chat function at the bottom of your screen.