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Information, advice and guidance you need to know to support individuals to apply for Apprenticeships. National Apprenticeship Service. Lucy Richards - November 2013. Session Overview. Apprenticeship facts and stats

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Information, advice and guidance you need to know to support individuals to apply for Apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Service

Lucy Richards - November 2013

session overview
Session Overview

Apprenticeship facts and stats

Overview and updates of Apprenticeship frameworks, levels and career progression routes

Opportunities and benefits of using our national Apprenticeship jobs site (Apprenticeship vacancies) and improved system changes

Top tips and practical examples of how to support an individual to search and apply for Apprenticeship vacancies.

Available materials and resources designed to support Teachers, Tutors, Careers Advisers and Educators



raising the participation age rpa
Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

Raising the participation age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in school; they will able to choose one of the following options:

Full-time education, such as school, college or home education

Work-based learning, such as an Apprenticeship

Part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.

national apprenticeship service what we do
National Apprenticeship ServiceWhat we do

Responsible for Apprenticeships in England

Provides a dedicated service to both employers and learners offering free, impartial advice and support

Responsive and customer focussed web and telephone service for small and medium sized employers (under 250 employees)

For larger employers (250+ employees), our Employer Account Managers offer a dedicated, personalised support responding to meet employers needs

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apprenticeships basics
Apprenticeships Basics

A job with training

Minimum of 12 months

Minimum of 30 hours a week

Minimum hourly wage is £2.68

National average pay is £200 per week (according to pay survey 2011)

Available to anyone over the age of 16 living in England

Contract of employment

Entry requirements vary


apprenticeships the facts
Apprenticeships – The facts

Open to all ages although government funding prioritised towards 16 to 18 year olds

Over 520,600 people started an Apprenticeship in 2011/12

129,900 were 16 -18 year olds 161,400 aged 19-24 229,300 aged 25+

After finishing their Apprenticeship, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer.

A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job.

Over 100,000 employers employ apprentices in 200,000 locations

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National Apprenticeship Service

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Apprenticeships-The facts

In 2012/13 provisional data shows 39% of apprentices this year starting Advanced or Higher Apprenticeships.

84% of employers were satisfied with the programme, with 70% reporting that apprentices improved their productivity.

The number of Apprenticeship vacancies that are advertised on the National Apprenticeship vacancies on-line system varies from day to day. The highest number of Apprenticeships recorded in the last three months was 20,615 (on 21st June 2013)

Success Rates 31% 2004/05 to 74% 2011/12 Source: SFR

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level of apprenticeships
Level of Apprenticeships

Different levels of Apprenticeship available







  • Levels 4,5,6,7
  • 24 months+
  • Equivalent to foundation degree level+
  • Level 2
  • 12-18 months
  • Equivalent to 5 GCSEs A* - C
  • Level 3
  • 18-48 months
  • Equivalent to 2 A-levels

Plus knowledge, competence, and employability skills



Rising numbers of apprentices

  • 162,000 people started an Apprenticeship in 2001/02
  • Over 500,000 people started an Apprenticeship in 2011/12

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what about higher education
What about higher education?

Higher Apprenticeships are expanding to degree level and above

Level 4 (Certificate of Higher Education)

Level 5 (Foundation Degree)

Level 6 (Bachelor’s Degree)

Level 7 (Master’s Degree)

Higher Apprenticeships:

Designed to enable a learner in employment develop the technical knowledge and occupational competence to perform a defined job role at a specified level

Employer led focused on developing the higher level skills particular sectors need


current higher apprenticeship frameworks level 4
Current Higher Apprenticeship Frameworks Level 4


Advertising and Marketing Communications

Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

Business and Administration

Contact Centre Operations

Employment Related Services

Facilities Management

Food and Drink

Hospitality Management

IT, Software, Web and Telecoms Professionals

Life Sciences and Chemical Science Professionals

Mineral Products Technology

Professional Services: Audit, Tax, Management Consultancy

Project Management

Providing Financial Advice

Public Relations

The Water Industry


current higher apprenticeship frameworks level 5
Current Higher Apprenticeship Frameworks Level 5

Adult Social Care

Construction in the Sustainable Environment

Construction Technical and Professional

Express Logistics

Facilities Management

Healthcare Science

Human Resource Management

Innovation and Growth

Life Sciences and Chemical Science Professionals


Supply Chain Management


what is the demand for higher apprenticeships
What is the demand for Higher Apprenticeships?

Higher Apprenticeship starts over the past five years;

2007/08 100

2008/09 200

2009/10 1500

2010/11 2200

2011/12 3700

2012/13 5290 (Q3 provisional) Source: SFR

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where to access apprenticeship vacancies www apprenticeships org uk
Where to access Apprenticeship
how to search for apprenticeship traineeship vacancies
How to search for Apprenticeship / Traineeship vacancies

When looking for a Traineeship search by type – here you can also search by Apprenticeship level e.g. Intermediate, Advanced &Higher Apprenticeship

Log In

Recommended Search by Post code

Register for the first time

apprenticeship vacancies
Apprenticeship vacancies

93,160 registrations in 2008/09. Now nearly 570,000

470,000 posted vacancies to date

128,000 Apprenticeship vacancies posted 2012/13

50,000 applications in 2008/09. 1,403,000 in 2012/13

Apprenticeship vacancies are now uploaded to the Job centre plus universal job match.

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top tips when applying for apprenticeships
Top tips when applying for Apprenticeships

Applying for Apprenticeships is a competitive process so candidates need to take care with their application form and thoroughly prepare if they’re invited to interview.

They can make as many applications as they wish – we recommend up to 10 at any one time

Make sure they have an appropriate email address and voice mail and that usernames and passwords are easily remembered

Many candidates do not sell themselves on their application forms and only give one and two word answers. Make sure they give plenty of relevant information

Include any work experience whether paid or not.

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Top tips when applying for Apprenticeships

Don’t forget to check their applications before sending

Ensure they have considered how they will travel to the job if successful

Preparation for the interview/assessment centre is paramount, many people are not adequately prepared

Take copies of application and vacancy printout to interview

Thoroughly read information regarding interview/assessment centre

Prepare a couple of questions to ask at interview

Think about why they are interested in the job role and an Apprenticeship to mention during the interview

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Top tips when applying for Apprenticeships

Competitive - Encourage them not to be put off if they’re not successful the first time

Remind them they can ask for feedback from the learning provider/college

The National Careers Service: 0800 100 900

Contact the Apprenticeship Helpdesk for queries regarding Apprenticeships or use of Apprenticeship vacancies:

0247 682 6482

Promote our enhanced personalised service for 16-18 year olds to support Apprenticeship application

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Apprenticeship vacancies

Below are just a few of the companies who have recently advertised their vacancies:


website resources partners information advice and guidance section
PowerPoint presentations

Links to films and case studies

Downloadable brochures and fact sheets

Apprenticeship Advisers Guide/Checklist – information and referral routes

Lesson plans

Year 9-11 school workbook

Future Careers Lesson Plan and Workbook

Guide to Apprenticeship job roles linked to curriculum subjects

Website Resources – Partners – Information, advice and guidance section
applying for an apprenticeship
Applying for an Apprenticeship

You can also download the free smartphone app ‘AV Search’



Traineeships are designed for unemployed young people aged 16-23 who:-

can secure (after help on the traineeship programme) an Apprenticeship or job within six months of starting the Traineeship

are not “Apprenticeship ready”

traineeship duration
Traineeship Duration

The duration of Traineeships will be a maximum of six months

The aim of Traineeships is to secure young people’s progression to an Apprenticeship or sustainable job as quickly as possible. Where young people successfully progress earlier than anticipated, we will ensure that this is counted as completing the Traineeship.

We expect the duration of the work placement within a Traineeship to be at least six weeks and no more than five months.

what is a traineeship 4 elements
What is a Traineeship? – 4 elements

A high quality work placement to give the young person meaningful experience, develop workplace skills, and provide an opportunity to prove themselves to an employer.

A focused period of work preparation training. This might focus on areas like CV writing, interview preparation, job search, self-discipline and inter-personal skills

The flexibility to include other elements such as vocational/industry specific content & qualifications

English and maths for young people who

have not achieved a GCSE Grade C or equivalent.

who can deliver traineeships
Who can deliver Traineeships

In 2013/2014, providers are only eligible to deliver traineeship provision if they have achieved an Ofsted inspection grade of Outstanding (Grade 1) or Good (Grade 2).

Apprenticeship providers must not use 16-18 Apprenticeship budget to deliver Traineeships.

Provider Traineeship allocations must be used for the sole purpose of delivering Traineeships.

If you are a lead provider with a funding agreement to deliver Traineeships, you can subcontract to existing subcontractors who had been declared on the Subcontracting Register at 1st of June 2013.


Enhanced referral service – directory of provision

Inspiring the Future’ – ‘speakers into schools’ initiative

Career Crowd National School Tour


You can now help your students / clients:




Secure an Apprenticeship or Traineeship


next steps
Next steps


Explore the ‘Partner’ Tab – IAG resources

Watch the videos at

Sign up on Inspiring the Future for a speaker to visit your school and volunteer

Request a ‘Career Crowd’ visit for your Years 11-13

Follow Apprenticeships on Facebook

Dedicated IAG Email Address