What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are government funded for young people aged over 16 and no longer in full-time education. Apprenticeships deliver a real opportunity to gain work-based skills and qualifications for real progression and career development in a wide range of companies and organisations.

What does an Apprentice earn?

The apprentice minimum wage is £2.73 per hour (effective 1.10.14.) this applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged over 19 in the first year of their Apprenticeship. This is paid directly by employers, however the actual wage paid is at the discretion of the employer and many do pay over and above this rate. All other apprentices receive the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

An Intermediate Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 2) lasts at least 12 months. An Advanced Apprenticeship (NVQ Level 3) lasts at least 18 months depending upon the course and sector.

What is the application process?

Vacancies are advertised on behalf of employers on the National Apprenticeship website and ITEC’s website, candidates can apply via the on-line application form. All applicants are contacted and interviews are arranged at our Gateshead, Newton Aycliffe or Middlesbrough training centres. Applicants are individually interviewed and complete on-line assessments to ensure they are ideally matched to specific vacancies. Employers interview selected candidates and make the final decision.

How is training delivered?

As an employee, each apprentice gains knowledge and skills in the workplace from colleagues, further training is delivered by ITEC tutors to successfully complete an NVQ, competence and knowledge based qualification and functional skills if required. ITEC deliver flexible training in the workplace, in our training centres and via e-learning.