Did you know that there are both higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships which can offer qualifications that are equivalent to attending university? What’s more, you’ll have gained industry relevant experience and earned a wage while doing so.
What is a higher apprenticeship?
A higher apprenticeship is pretty much the same as an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship, in the sense that it will be completed through a mixture of on and off the job training. However, in contrast to lower level apprenticeships, they are designed to develop a learner’s skills to the highest standard. Due to this, there are far fewer higher apprenticeships offered throughout the UK, but those that are available are often offered by large, well-known companies.
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What are the entry requirements for a higher apprenticeship?
Due to the nature of the course, learners who apply for a higher apprenticeship are generally a minimum of 18 years old. Entry requirements will include at least five GCSE’s grades A – C (9 – 4 on the new grading system) and a level 3 qualification. This can be achieved by completing your A-Levels and/or an Advanced apprenticeship previously. Depending on the nature of the role companies may specify other entry requirements, but this will differ with different companies.
What will I get paid while completing a higher apprenticeship?
Similarly, as with any other apprenticeship, there is a minimum wage which employers must meet. As of April 2017, the national minimum wage for an apprentice under the age of 19 or, in their first year, £3.50 an hour. This rises to £5.55 an hour for 18 – 20-year olds in their second year, then to £6.95 an hour for 21 – 24-year olds, and finally up to £7.20 (the National Living Wage) if they are over 25.
It is entirely up to the employer to pay an apprentice more than the minimum wage for apprentices, but because the qualification you’ll be working towards is more advanced, it is likely you’ll be paid much more than the minimum for a higher apprenticeship. In fact, a 2016 Apprenticeship Pay survey stated that the average hourly pay for higher apprentices (Level 4 and 5) in Great Britain, was £10.80.