Apprentice FAQs

WHO CAN DO AN APPRENTICESHIP?

Anybody over 16 can apply for an Apprenticeship.

 

WHAT LEVELS OF APPRENTICESHIPS ARE AVAILABLE?

We offer Apprenticeships at a variety of levels:
Level 2 – equivalent to GCSE Level
Level 3 – equivalent to A Levels

Level 4 & 5 – equivalent to Foundation Degree Level (through our partners Exeter College)
Level 6 – equivalent to Postgraduate Degree Level  (through our partners Exeter College)

 

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?

The qualifications and experience required will depend on your employer, the apprenticeship programme and the level in which you wish to study.

Most programmes require GCSE grade C/4 (or equivalent) in Maths and English, but if you do not have these qualifications our team will support you to gain these skills alongside your Apprenticeship.

 

HOW LONG WILL AN APPRENTICESHIP LAST?

The duration of an Apprenticeship programme varies depending on your course, but is typically between 12-18 months. However, many of the higher Level 4 and Level 5 Apprenticeships are longer than this

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AN APPRENTICESHIP?

As an Apprentice you will be an employee, as well as a student. Therefore, you will have a contract with salary, annual leave and any other staff benefits. You will gain specific job skills and invaluable experience you can use to move into a job afterwards. With the current fierce competition for jobs, your specific studies and experience will make you stand out from the crowd.

DO EMPLOYERS VALUE APPRENTICESHIPS?

Yes, employers regard Apprenticeships very highly, as you have both qualifications and invaluable industry/workplace experience.

DO YOU OFFER CV WRITING AND INTERVIEW SUPPORT?

If you need help writing your CV or practice interview preparation, call one of our experienced recruitment members on 01392 426242 (option 2), and they will give you all the help you need. Usually they will invite you to meet with them at our Apprenticeship Hub, but can also offer support via email or telephone.

WHO PAYS FOR MY APPRENTICESHIP?

If you are aged 16 – 18 your training will be fully funded by the government and your employer will not have to pay. If you are 19+ the government will fund 95% of your training, and your employer will need to agree to contribute 5% of the course cost – which can be as as little as £100 per Apprenticeship programme!

Large companies already pay an Apprenticeship tax to the government and so can choose to use these funds to cover the cost of Apprenticeship courses for their employees.

WHAT DOES TRANS PLANT MASTERTRAIN DO?

As your training provider, we will provide any teaching you require to excel in your employment. Usually, you will spend one day a week with us, although this is dependent on your choice of course and your employer’s requirements.

In addition to your time learning with us, a trans plant Skills Officer will visit you at your workplace every 8-10 weeks to ensure you are happy in your Apprenticeship, to review your progress and check to see if you require any additional support.

CAN I DO AN APPRENTICESHIP IF I HAVE A DISABILITY?

If you have the desired qualifications and experience for a role, you will be offered an interview and we will provide for any extra requirements you may have.

We work with our employer network to ensure all people are given an opportunity to train in industry and we will help you find a job in a company that suits you.

WHAT PERSONAL SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE TO ME?

Our Apprentices have access to our WRAP (Wrap around, health and wellbeing team) service, which offers support with mental health and emotional wellbeing. Our representatives are Alice, Andy, Ben and Brad.

WHAT CAN I DO AFTERWARDS?

When you finish your Apprenticeship you can either move straight into the working environment or, if available, move onto a higher level Apprenticeship or University.