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Below are just some of the questions we are often asked by people looking to start an Apprenticeship.
Please read the following questions carefully before completing an Apprenticeship Application form.
If you have any further questions or would like more information, contact us on 0161 886 7070.
What are Apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace.
Who are they for?
Apprenticeships are for people resident in the UK who want to work while gaining a qualification.
What qualifications do I need to do an apprenticeship?
Most apprenticeships require you to have a grade ‘D’ or above in maths and English language. If you have undertaken a GCSE which includes separately assessed Functional content your grade of entry could be reviewed. If you do not have these grades currently, you must be able to work at Level 2 within your apprenticeship. This will form part of your initial assessment.
How do I apply if I am interested?
Please download an application form, complete it, and return to:
If you would like us to send a form and more information in the post, please call us on 0161 886 7070 or complete the online enquiry form. It is important you complete all sections on the form, especially the Supporting Information Section. If your application is not completed we will not be able to process your application.
What happens after I have sent my application to Trafford College?
Within five days you will receive a postcard acknowledging the receipt of your application. If you application is successful at this stage you will be invited in for an interview.
Do I need to be employed to start my Apprenticeship?
Yes, and in a job linked to the apprenticeship. If you are already in employment or have an employer lined up, we will contact them directly.
If you do not have an employer in place, we will work with you to find an employer.
We have a number of employers who work with us to recruit Apprentices. In addition to this we will expect you to produce a CV and make contact with employers.
How many hours must I work?
You must work a minimum of 30 hours per week.
How much will I be paid?
Your employer must pay you at least £2.65 per hour (correct October 2012) although the current average wage for an Apprentice is £170 per week, and studies show Apprentices earn on average £100,000 more than other employees over the course of their career (http://apprenticeships.org.uk)
What level will my Apprenticeship be?
Most Apprenticeships start at level 2, and rise to level 3 on completion (to be discussed with your assessor toward the end of level 2).
How long does it take to complete an Apprenticeship?
At least 12 months to complete a Level 2.
Can I do an apprenticeship if I have a degree?
Yes, but you will have to pay for everything as a full cost course.
Do I have to wait until September (the start of the college year) to start my Apprenticeship?
No, you can start an apprenticeship at any time as long as you are employed.
How often will I come to College?
In most areas you will need to attend college for 6 days per year for each functional skill area taught (exceptions sport/beauty).
Further details will be provided at your interview.