Calling Bolton employers...
Be a part of the apprenticeships challenge!
If you are interested in this promotional opportunity for your business please contact Lorraine Atherton on 07827 774359.
Becoming an apprentice
As an apprentice, you can earn while you learn, and gain recognised qualifications as you work.
Key facts about apprenticeships
- Anyone aged 16 and over can become an apprentice. Whether you have just left school, have been working for years or want to start a new career.
- As an apprentice, you will earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills.
- You will receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.
- Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete, depending on the level of training and what industry you are working in. Some organisations will require candidates to complete a pre- apprenticeship programme.
- Pre-apprenticeship courses are available for those who are not yet ready to complete a full programme.
- Organisations of all sizes offer apprenticeships
- The government has announced that over the next four years, 125,000 more apprenticeship places will be available with organisations across the UK.
- A recent study estimates that those undertaking Higher Apprenticeships could earn around £150,000 more over their lifetime, comparable to the return for the average graduate.
How can I become an apprentice?
If you feel you are ready to consider becoming an apprentice, you can apply for vacancies online on the National Apprenticeships Service website. The NAS is responsible for all apprenticeship programmes delivered across the country. You can search for local opportunities or register your details for future vacancies. Some employers and providers (colleges) will allow for applications to be sent directly to them.
In all cases, the vacancy will have entry requirements and a selection process that you will need to go through.
If you don't feel ready to start applying for an apprenticeship and just want information and guidance at this stage, you can speak to a careers adviser either face to face or on the phone.
Still unsure? Have a look at 10 reasons why you should do an apprenticeship.
Find our more about apprenticeships in Bolton
There are a range of organisations across Bolton which offer information and deliver apprenticeship programmes. Below are a some Team Bolton organisations providing this service:
Need careers advice?
Not sure what career path you want to pursue, then why not discuss it with a Careers Adviser?
Speak to one of the Personal Advisor's at the Connexions Centre by calling 0800 052 5559 or drop in at The BASE, Marsden Road, Bolton, BL1 2PF. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Connexions service provide careers information, advice and guidance to young people aged 16 - 19 and up to 25 for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
The National Careers Service offers a free service for everyone seeking advice and support on career, job and learning opportunities - whatever your age. Resources available on this website also include a CV builder, a skills health check and the opportunity to open a Lifelong Learning Account.
Employing an apprentice?
Through Bolton’s Apprenticeship Working Group and its relationship with the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub, Team Bolton is delivering activity aimed at increasing the number and quality of apprenticeships (including higher and advanced) in the borough. We help you recruit the apprentices you need - at no cost. We are committed to finding enthusiastic local people for your vacancy.
What's in it for employers
Businesses already employing apprentices say that:
- Training apprentices can be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower training and recruitment costs
- Training apprentices can help your business to develop the specialist skills needed in your sector, now and for the future, keeping up to date with technology
- Staff turnover can reduce as apprentices are seen to be more committed to employers that are investing in them
- A great opportunity to ‘grow your own’
Financial incentives are available when you take on an apprentice: This includes the GM Commitment; the National Apprenticeship Service AGE grant; and the DWP Youth Contract wage incentive. These grants are part of a £1 billion package of support to encourage small and medium sized businesses to employ young people.
Free recruitment support: Team Bolton can guide you through the grant options available and our support services to help you recruit your apprentice.
Training support: Each apprentice will have a training provider. Training for 16-18 year olds is fully subsidised by the government (in addition to the grant). For those aged 18-24, the government pays 50% of the cost of the training (in addition to the grant).
Wages: Like all employees, apprentices must receive a wage. The national minimum wage for apprentices is £2.65 an hour, though many employers choose to pay more than this. You are expected to employ the apprentice for the duration of their training.
For further information about the range of support available please follow the links below:
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Team Bolton wants to improve local apprentice opportunities which match our employers' needs. We offer a free, co-ordinated service which helps businesses to recruit apprentices.
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