In your first year the minimum you will be paid is the minimum wage for apprentices.
This is just a minimum amount though and employers may pay you more than this. After a year your pay will increase to the national minimum wage for your age group. What you actually get paid for:
Your normal working hours (minimum of 30 per week)
Any training that’s part of your apprenticeship qualification
A minimum of 20 days’ holiday per year, plus bank holidays
What Levels are there?
Equivalent: 5 GCSE passes
Equivalent: 2 A Level passes
Level 4 and 5
Equivalent: Foundation Degree, Higher National Diploma (HND) or Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Level 6 and 7
The Benefits of doing an Apprenticeship
A widely respected and industry recognised qualification
Education and training that will not cost a penny. Even the degree apprenticeships!
1-6 years of industry experience
A full time wage
Functional skills qualifications in Maths and English
Access to apprenticeship student discounts
How do Apprenticeships work
Most of the time, an apprentice will be just like another member of the team, working and learning ‘on the job’. But at least 20% of their paid time will be dedicated to off-the-job learning – advancing their knowledge and giving them skills they can bring back to the workplace.
What is off-the-job learning? This can be delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work as long as it is not part of their normal working duties. This may be delivered via:
Distance learning – study conducted online through video lectures, online learning etc.)
Blended learning – the combination of different learning methods, such as face-to-face and online learning
Block release – an extended period of study either at the beginning or part way through training.
The specific way training is delivered is up to the apprentice, employer and training provider to discuss and agree – making them really flexible.
The rest of the Apprentice’s time will be spent at work learning the role and putting into practice everything they learn – all supported and nurtured by their workplace mentor.
Where could an apprenticeship take you?
The qualifications you gain can be used to begin or progress your career in the manufacturing and engineering industry.
You can use the experience, qualifications and transferable skills to apply for new opportunities.
You can continue your education through full-time, part-time or work-based study.
The MEGA Apprenticeship Model
MEGA has produced an Apprenticeship booklet to highlight the range of apprenticeship courses and opportunities within our local Mid Ulster manufacturing companies.
Click on the link below to find out more about what an apprenticeship entails and read about the positive experience of students who chose an apprenticeship route.
We’re fortunate to have so many hugely successful manufacturing companies here in our midst in Mid Ulster. One such company is Specialist Joinery. They recognise that the apprenticeship model is a huge part of their success. Learn more here:
AW Control Systems Apprenticeship
Specialists in design, manufacture and installation AW Control Systems shares an insight on the value of apprenticeships and the varied opportunities available