As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 and not in full-time education can apply.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. * All employed apprentices will get a wage, at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW) however, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages – in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week.
• earn a salary
• get paid holidays
• receive training
• gain qualifications
• learn job-specific skills
There are three levels of Apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:
Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 2 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Apprentices work towards work-based learning such as a Level 3 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification.
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 Competence Qualification, Functional Skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
Apprenticeships are available in the following Sectors
Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Care*
Arts, Media and Publishing
Business, Administration and Law
Construction, Planning and the Built Environment
Education and Training
Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies*
Health, Public Services and Care*
Information and Communication Technology
Leisure, Travel and Tourism
Retail and Commercial Enterprise*
ABC Awards has qualifications in these sectors* that contribute to Apprenticeships:
The Automotive Retail Industry provides employment for over half a million employees and is a major contributor to the economy in England, generating £129 billion of total turnover in England in 2008*.
Technicians in Maintenance and Repair are the life blood of the industry and more are needed to replace those who leave or retire. Learners studying ABC qualifications which cover Awards, Certificates and Diplomas at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 will learn how to diagnose, test and repair a range of vehicles including cars, light vehicles and motorcycles. ABC's qualifications also include Electronics and Electrical Principles, an Introduction to Vehicle Body Repair, Braking Systems, Ignition Systems, Roadside Assistance as well as Vehicle Fitting and Repair Principles.
* The Institute of the Motor Industry
We have qualifications which form part of the apprenticeship framework, for more information click here
The Education Funding Agency has made amendments to the Standard Learner Number values for the ABC Level 2 Diploma in Motor Maintenance & Repair Principles and ABC Level 2 Diploma in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair Principles.
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