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Learner FAQs

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a structured programme specific to your needs, allowing you to gain knowledge and experience leading to a successful career. In a paid role, you will complete a mixture of on and off the job training enabling you to gain the right qualifications to match your chosen occupation. See our latest vacancies, or contact us to register your interest.

What does an Apprentice earn?

The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.70 per hour in the first year. Apprentices over the age of 19, and into their second of third year of training will be paid a minimum of £7.38 which is the national minimum wage. Pay is paid directly by the employer, and in many cases employers pay above this rate.

How long does an Apprenticeship last?

The duration of an apprenticeship is based on the level of knowledge and technical skills that are required to qualify and prepare you for your chosen occupation; typically this period ranges from 12 to 18 months. Why not check out our latest vacancies, or view our apprenticeship case studies.

What is the application process?

Vacancies are advertised on behalf of employers on the National Apprenticeship Site, and on the ITEC NE website. You can view current vacancies here, or register your interest here for future vacancies. All applicants are invited for interview and to complete a short online assessment to help us match you to specific vacancies, these are conducted regularly at our Gateshead, Middlesbrough and Aycliffe Training Centres. Following support in developing your C.V, we will liaise with employers to match you with live vacancies. Employers invite selected applicants for interview and make the final decision. You could be assessed and matched with an employer in as little as two weeks, so why not register your interest here.

How is training delivered?

Training is a mixture of on and off the job training. During on the job training you will be working and learning from your colleagues in the work place and developing your knowledge and skills specific to your chosen career. Off the job training is delivered at one of our 3 training centres or via e-learning. ITEC tutors will support you in the development of knowledge and competencies towards a nationally recognised qualification, and functional skills (English, Match or IT) if required.

What apprenticeships do you offer?

ITEC are a local training provider with over 30 years experience, we have established an excellent relationship with businesses throughout the north east. We are proud to offer first class opportunities in several occupational areas including; Digital Marketing, Business Administration, Infrastructure Technician, Customer Service, Software Development, Network Engineering, Team Leading / Supervising and Supporting Teaching & Learning.

Why should I choose an apprenticeship over further education or a job?

Choosing an apprenticeship gives you the chance to develop your skills and knowledge to specialise in your chosen field. You will earn a wage from day one whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification. You will avoid student debt and university fees with your foot firmly on the employment ladder. A staggering 1 in 5 companies have a former apprentice at board level, so the sky really is the limit. Over 95% of our apprentices are retained by their employer after completing their apprenticeship so you can look forward to job security and further development, leaving time for the more important things in life!

Are apprenticeships just for school leavers?

No! dues to recent changes in government funding, anyone of any age can be enrolled on an apprenticeship. Training funded through the apprenticeship platform may be used to fill vacant positions within a company, or to train and upskill existing staff. Why not take a look at our existing vacancies and register your interest here. If you are an employer, why not contact us regarding upskilling of your existing workforce.

Employer FAQs

Why would I choose to employ an apprentice?

Employing an apprentice offers your organisation the opportunity to develop, nurture and grow a more qualified workforce aligned to your future strategy. Apprentices are an excellent way to harness new talent and bring fresh ideas to your business. ITEC will take the hassle out of advertising and recruitment by finding the best fit to your business, and further enhancing your overall skillset.

What about my existing employees?

Apprenticeships are now funded by the government irrespective of age, and therefore the apprenticeship route can be used to retrain, upskill and develop your existing workforce. Why not contact a member of our Business Development Team to discuss your requirements.

I am only a small business, how much will this cost?

Government changes to funding in May 2017 mean that for small to medium size companies training is often fully or almost fully funded by the government. In addition to this there are a number of cash incentives for companies taking on school leavers. Take a look at our employer guide “how much will it cost to employ an apprentice” for further information, or contact a member of our Business Development Team to discuss your potential requirements.

I am a large business; how can you help me?

If your company payroll is over £3m per year it is very likely you are paying the ‘Apprenticeship Levy’. In this case you are already paying to fund apprenticeships but might not possibly be taking full advantage of this. If your money is not spent by your organisation, it will likely be taken from your pot and redistributed to fund training in other organisations. The apprenticeship Levy can be used to fund new recruitment of apprenticeships, or to upskill and train your existing staff. We can explain the Levy to you in more detail, and how this pre-paid fund can benefit your business; contact a member of our Business Development Team for further information.

What is a typical apprentice like?

In short, exactly what you need. ITEC will work with you to understand your requirements and match candidates to your business requirements. Candidates will be interviewed and assessed prior to being presented to you for consideration. ITEC pride ourselves in sourcing bright, engaged and determined candidates with a willingness to learn, develop and positively contribute to your business.

What support does an apprentice need?

This doesn’t differ too much from recruiting a new employee i.e. ensuring they have a contract, a safe working environment, access to the relevant policies and procedures, is paid the correct wage for their role etc Your apprentice will be assigned a work based tutor (by ITEC) who will liaise with their workplace mentor (assigned by you) to develop the apprentice both during their on the job, and off the job training. A complete list of the core responsibilities of the employer and ITEC can be found in the employer guide.

How long are apprentices out of the business?
How long does it take to recruit an apprentice?

ITEC always strive to provide you with high quality applicants that fit your business requirement first time around. Although we do pre interview and assess candidates on an ongoing basis, this doesn’t mean we will always have the right match available immediately. A typical recruitment can take anywhere between 1 and 6 weeks.

What happens at the end of an apprenticeship?

Typically, 95% of our apprentices placed with employers are retained in employment following completion. The National Apprenticeship Service quotes that the average apprenticeship completer increases productivity by £214 per week, and we aim to add value to that statistic by ensuring apprentices are well qualified and adding value to your company by the end of training. In some cases you may consider further progressing your apprentice to a higher level of study.

What if things go wrong?

ITEC will support both you and the apprentice throughout the full duration of the apprenticeship. Our work based tutor will be regularly in touch with your work placed mentor to review progress, set targets, and resolve any issues as soon as possible; with ITEC you will be fully supported from start to completion.