Apprenticeship FAQ’s

The apprenticeship process can sometimes be confusing. Below is a sample of Frequently Asked Questions we get from potential learners.

What are the criteria to do an apprenticeship?

  • Must be working in a company with an office address in England
  • Spend> 50% of your time working in England
  • Must work > 30 hours per week
  • Must have the right to work in England
  • Must be aged 16 or above (No upper age limit)
  • Must not have a higher qualification in the same subject area as the apprenticeship they wish to commence

For school and college leavers applying to start an apprenticeship with one of our employers – then the job advert will specify the criteria they are looking for. Most employers we work with are looking for individuals with a minimum of 5 GCSE’s grades from 9 to 4 (A to C), with at least a 4 in English and Maths.

If you think you would be right for a role but worried you won’t meet the criteria, you can still get in contact with The Academy to discuss how we can help.

If you are an existing employee looking to start one of our programmes, then the criteria will depend on what your current role is and matching it with the most appropriate development programme. For all programmes we must demonstrate that the learner has gaps in their knowledge and skill before we can enrol them.

What will I get paid as an apprentice?

The current Apprenticeship Minimum wage (as of April 2019) is £3.90 per hour, which equates to £7,605 per annum (based on 37.5 hour working week). However the employers we work with pay well over the Apprentice Minimum Wage – on average £13,000 per annum. The salary will be stated on the job advert.

Existing employees starting an apprenticeship will continue to be paid their normal salary.

What happens if I leave my company?

Apprentices must be employed to continue their learning. However, it is easy to transfer the learning from one employer to another (as long as the new employer agrees to do this and pay any applicable fees)

What happens at the end of the apprenticeship?

Upon completion, there are several ways that you can continue to progress in your career. The ways in which you progress depend on the programme. Apprenticeships now range from Level 2, all the way up to Level 7. With each level completed, the idea is that you become more occupationally competent and better at your job as a result.

With Accountancy, if you completed your AAT Level 3 with us, you can continue to study with us on our Level 4 AAT programme. Upon completion of your level 4, you can progress to CIMA/ACCA qualifications.

Can I still go to University if I do an apprenticeship?

Yes absolutely! You don’t have to be a college leaver/18-year-old to start at University. This is also the case with apprenticeships. You don’t have to be straight out of school or college to start an apprenticeship programme.

Can I get discounted travel as an apprentice?

Yes apprentices of all ages can get discounted travel. Transport for Greater Manchester offer a scheme for bus and tram travel, and there is also a scheme called ‘Our Pass’ for 16 to 18-year olds.

Information on these schemes can be found here.

How do I refer a friend to an apprenticeship programme?

We have a form that you can fill in to Refer A Friend here. As a thank you, we will send you a £25 voucher (Future Talent programmes only).

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