Learners’ Frequently Asked Questions

What is an apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a route to gaining employer recognised qualifications whilst being employed, so you will receive a wage and gain practical experience and training that will benefit you in your career.

What wage does an apprentice receive?

You will receive at least the national minimum wage for an apprentice which is as follows:

For apprentices aged 16 to 18 years the minimum wage is 3.40 per hour.

For apprentices aged over 19, the minimum wage is 3.40 per hour if you are in your first year but then it will increase to the minimum wage that is applicable to your age.

When will I start receiving my wage?

You will start to receive a wage once you are employed.

Will you help me find employment?

At Springfield Training we have a dedicated employer engagement team who can help you find a suitable job, but we do expect you to play an active role in finding a job as well.

Who is eligible to undertake apprenticeship training at Springfield Training?

You must be at least 16 years old but there is no upper age limit.

You cannot undertake an apprenticeship if you have already completed one in the same subject at the same level.

You will be required to complete an initial assessment following your application and your previous learning achievements must be checked to ensure eligibility.

What sort of training will I undertake?

The type of training and assessment required specifically for your course will be outlined by your course tutor at the start of your apprenticeship

You will be trained and assessed by your tutor in your workplace as well as receiving additional underpinning knowledge training at our training centre as required. You will be required to complete assignments given to you by your tutor.

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

You will gain employer recognised accredited qualifications whilst at the same time gaining valuable work experience and earning a wage.

I am already employed can I still do an apprenticeship?

Yes you can, if your employer agrees and you meet the entry requirements previously stated.

What is the role of my employer?

Remember, your employer has seen potential in you and has made a commitment to employing you and investing in your training and development. As your skills and experience develop and grow you will start to contribute to the success of the business. Your employer will work in partnership with Springfield Training to support you throughout your apprenticeship.

Can I choose where I work?

Yes you can, the final decision is always yours, but remember, there isn’t an endless supply of jobs and it’s essential that you’re realistic about your initial career objectives. Springfield Training will help you in making this decision to ensure that you get the most out of your apprenticeship.

How long is an apprenticeship?

The length of an Apprenticeship varies depending on the subject and level, but no apprenticeship programme can be completed in less than one year. Specific details about your apprenticeship will be discussed with you when you apply to join us.

Why have I been advised to go on a Traineeship before an Apprenticeship?

Traineeships are designed to provide you with valuable work experience and employability training that can give you the edge when applying for an apprenticeship. It will also help you improve your Math, English and I.T. skills if you didn’t get the grades you expected at school.

What is the difference between Apprenticeships and Traineeships Programmes?

An apprenticeship involves being in paid employment to undertake the training, whereas traineeships provide you with employability training and work experience at a local company. This is supplemented by additional support to improve your Math, English and I.T. skills

Traineeships are designed to suit your individual needs and to help you progress to the next stage of your career, whether that’s an apprenticeship or further education.

If you have any other questions please call us on 0800 050 2324 to talk to a member of our training team who will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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