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Apprenticeships RECAP…

Abby Davies - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Summer is one of the busiest times for apprenticeship marketing and we’re informing all the students out there about what to look out for, plus covering all the basics that are important to remember when looking for the perfect role.

So what should you look for first?


To start with you need to know what level of apprenticeship you need to start at. This will depend on the qualifications you hold after leaving school…

  • Intermediate: The equivalent to 5 GCSE passes, and an NVQ Level 2 often leading to Advanced level apprenticeships.
  • Advanced: This is the same as 2 A-Level passes, working towards work-based qualifications that are specific to your apprenticeship. Applicants should already hold 5 GCSEs grade C or above.
  • Higher-level Apprenticeship: Works towards an NVQ Level 4, often leading onto a foundation degree. Also offer university degrees in some cases.

It usually takes between 1-4 years to complete an apprenticeship, depending on the level you take and the design of apprenticeship from you provider.

What do employers look for?


Firstly and foremost, everything on an applicant’s CV must match to what comes across in person. Professionalism, punctuality, reliability and a willingness to learn will always come in favour to performing well.

How much can you earn?


Since October of last year, the minimum wage for apprentices went up to £3.30 per hour. DON’T FORGET very few employers actually pay this wage and often compete with a normal part-time wage of £6/7 per hour. It is also important to remember that- especially for intermediate apprenticeships- most of the working week is spent at a training provider, learning on the job; therefore earning a salary is a huge bonus!

What can AIM do?


While there are many apprenticeship providers and recruitment companies out there with hundreds of roles available to apply for, AIM Apprenticeships has always focused on a personalised service to match candidates to their ideal role. We also offer free one-to-one sessions to help build candidates CVs personally, either other the phone or during our school appointments. The reason we have great relationships with our schools and partnerships is because of our Social Enterprise status.

Reinvesting what we earn into our schools team and presentations ensures that the services we provide is the best we can offer to help enable parents and teachers guide students down the best pathways for them.

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