If you are new to Apprenticeships, we’ve answered our most frequently answered questions below to help you decide if it is the right choice for you. If we haven’t answered your question, just send us an enquiry and we’ll be in touch soon.
1What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is essentially a job with training. At the end of it you get a recognised qualification(s) and learn essential skills on the job – and you get paid as well.
2What Apprenticeships do you offer?
Sunderland College is one of the largest Apprenticeship providers in the North East. We offer a wide range of Apprenticeship frameworks and are constantly adding to the list. CLICK HERE to see some of the many industry sectors that we cater for at present.
3Do apprentices get paid?
Yes, Apprenticeships are paid employment. The salary varies depending on the employer; the minimum salary for an apprentice is currently £3.30 per hour (this rises to £3.40 from 1st of October 2016).
4How long does the Apprenticeship take?
The duration of Apprenticeships vary depending on the framework. Most frameworks are complete within just over a year but some can take up to four years.
5Do I need to come to College for my Apprenticeship?
This depends on what Apprenticeship you are studying. Some frameworks are ‘day release’ where apprentices attend the college for one day a week. Others are delivered entirely in the workplace. Most Apprenticeship frameworks include a Maths and English requirement, so if you do not have existing Maths and English qualifications at A-C grade GCSE/Functional Skills Level 2 you may have to attend College to study.
6Can I find my own Apprenticeship?
Yes, you can source your own Apprenticeship, as long as your employer offers the right conditions for the Apprenticeship framework. The College can check this out with your employer for you.
7What qualification will I get at the end of my Apprenticeship?
Qualifications vary depending on your Apprenticeship framework. Apprenticeships are offered at Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.
8What happens after my Apprenticeship finishes?
At the end of your Apprenticeship you may have the chance to progress onto the next level with your employer, or you may be in a position to apply for a permanent contract.