Are there lots of apprenticeship opportunities to choose from or does it depend on the time of year?

Yes there are currently more opportunities than apprentices applying. National vacancies can be found on the National Apprenticeship website and local opportunities can be found on the Apprenticeship in Sussex website

What is the most common industry that offer apprenticeships, or is it across the board?

Engineering and Construction but other sectors such as creative media and Health and Social Care are growing.

Is there an age limit to become an apprentice?

No but 16-18 year olds are the target market for the government funding

Are the rules the same as for a ‘normal’ employee and what can an apprentice expect to be paid?

Standard Contract of Employment, minimum wage for apprentices is £3.30 per hour for 12 months then minimum wage applies.

Does an apprentice literally ‘learn on the job’? Can you take exams alongside? What qualifications would you expect to gain at the end?

The structure of apprenticeships is changing with all frameworks subject to end tests by the end of 2017.

Each apprenticeship framework has a suite of qualifications attached to it. Some of the learning is classroom based. It depends on the qualification.

What are the benefits for the employer vs the apprentice?

Employer can develop talent to grow their organisation. It provides a cost effective way of recruiting young people into a business organisation.

The apprentice gets a better more informed understanding of the needs of the business and the purpose of the qualification. Many learners learn more by doing and applying their skills than sitting in a classroom.

Answers kindly supplied by Stephen King of Lets Do Business Group, also see page on current apprenticeship vacancies.

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