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Frequently asked questions - by apprentices

What is an Apprenticeship?


An apprenticeship is a practical way to combine training in a job with study to advance your skills. As an apprentice you will be working full time for an employer. You will be working alongside experienced staff and will gain job-specific skills via on-the-job training and approximately 20% formal training and study time.




What are the entry requirements?


Individual employers will identify relevant entry requirements. Most candidates will typically have GCSE’s (or equivalents) at grades 4 to 9 including English and Maths and possibly a relevant science or engineering based qualification.
Applicants without the appropriate level in English and mathematics will be considered providing they can demonstrate a genuine interest in engineering heritage and the capability to achieve the appropriate level within the timescale of the apprenticeship




How long do Apprenticeships last for?


The duration of an apprenticeship depends on the employer, but most courses run for between 18 months and 2 years. This usually involves 35 study days each year, based on a one-day-per-week release, by arrangement between you and the employer.




If I find a job I'm interested in, how do I apply?


Simply click on the 'apply' button beneath the job listing and this will take you straight through to the employers site. Follow instructions about how to apply.




Am I committing to anything by applying?


No, you are just expressing an interest and can withdraw at any time.




Does my local college run an HEA-approved course?


If you click on the HEA Colleges tab, you will find a list of current courses in England offering HEA-recognised schemes. This list is growing daily so do check it regularly for updates.




Do I get paid on a heritage engineering apprenticeship?


You will receive a basic salary as with other jobs (please see amount to be paid next to the job title) and any other benefits that the employer chooses to offer. Do check the details of this when you go for interview.




What will I earn?


Apprentices are subject to a minimum wage but some employers will offer a more competitive starting salary. Most employers offer developmental increases each year throughout the apprenticeship programme. Employers are encouraged to apply additional hourly increases to reflect performance, commitment and initiative.
A target starting wage might be between £150 and £200 per week




How can I move up the pay grades?


Increases will apply at the beginning of each year of your Apprenticeship. In addition, your performance will be assessed regularly and if your progress and commitment stand out you will become eligible for an hourly rate increases




When will I know if I have an apprenticeship offer?


If you pass the initial assessment you will be considered for a second interview. If you pass the second interview you will be invited for a one week trial (the employer will cover your travel and lunch costs). You will then be informed of the employer’s decision.




Can I re-apply if I am not successful?


Yes, but interviews for each apprenticeship are offered based on the applications for that apprenticeship.




Can I apply for a Student Discount card?


Yes, for a cost of £11, you are entitled to apply to the NUS (National Union of Students) for an ‘Apprentice Extra’ card. This provides discounts on a variety of essentials from more than 150 high street and online retail partners. Discounts are also available on travel, sport, books and DVD, technology, mobile and broadband, as well as fashion, beauty and going out (for more information visit www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/nus-apprentice-extra-card/ ).




Do I get college holidays?


No, if college is not scheduled you are required to attend work unless you have an authorised holiday.




Can I choose my specialist area?


You can indicate your preference, but during the first two years of your apprenticeship you may be required to spend time in a range of departments. Your final choice of specialism will be made based on your talents, preference and the requirements of the employer. Your commitment, attitude and enthusiasm will heavily influence your final offer.




Do previous qualifications count towards my apprenticeship?


Yes, previously achieved qualifications will be considered where appropriate.




Am I guaranteed a job after the Apprenticeship?


No, your offer of a job is dependent upon the requirements of the business and your performance throughout your apprenticeship. However, those who are not offered jobs will have a CV, qualification and experience that will make them very attractive to other specialist companies within the Restoration Industry.





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