Can I apply now or do I wait until after I finish school/sixth form?

Here at AIM, we say it is never too early to apply. If you see a job you like and the end date finishes soon it doesn't necessarily mean the job will start on that date or in that month. The application process can be lengthy and you might have to take part in 2-4 interviews before you're offered the job, which could take a few months. 

Also bare in mind that if the employer really likes you and you're suitable for the job they may postpone the start date. It is also good to get interview experience early on to give you a better chance of success during the application process, so it's good to apply sooner than later if you need some experience with interviews. Although, don't worry if you want to wait until after you finish, apprenticeships are available all year round. 

How do I create a CV that will impress employers?

This is easy! All you have to do is create a profile with AIM today and then you’ll have the chance to create your CV. Our CV builder allows you to easily separate different sections within your CV, to make sure you present your skills and education in an easy way for employers to see your full potential. We also give you hints and tips along the way.

What are the key benefits of doing an apprenticeship?

  • Earning a wage
  • In most cases, you will work 4 days a week and have a day release for college
  • Increasing your earning potential in the future
  • Gain job specific skills 
  • Gain recognised qualifications
  • Work alongside industry professionals
  • A qualification that could lead up to degree level 

What is an apprenticeship?

  • Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with study 
  • Whilst doing an apprenticeship you work towards a job specific qualification
  • You earn a wage throughout your apprenticeship
  • They take 1-4 years to complete
  • However in some cases, such as Stuart Rigg on our ‘Why apprenticeship page, the company which he works for is now sponsoring him through his degree at University, extending his apprenticeship to 6 years.

What is the apprenticeship minimum wage?

  • Currently £2.73 per hour
  • This only applies to 16-18 year olds
  • It also applies to 19+ year olds but only in their first year
  • When you turn 19 or complete your first year if you’re 19+, you must get paid the minimum wage for your age
  • Many companies offer above minimum wage paying between £4-£7 per hour
  • It is also a career choice and as you progress so will your wage

Which industries offer apprenticeships?

There are over 170 industries that you can choose from when it comes to an apprenticeship. From accountancy, engineering, agriculture, teaching, finance to veterinary and hairdressing. So, the chances are the industry you're looking to go into is covered by an apprenticeship.

Which level apprenticeship can I do?

INTERMEDIATE – equivalent to 5 passes at GCSE.

ADVANCED – equivalent to 2 A-Level passes.

HIGHER – equivalent to NVQ Level 4+ or Foundation Degree.

You will usually apply for an apprenticeship that is one above the current qualification you have. 

Which would you say is better University or an Apprenticeship?

This decision comes down to you as an individual. Many factors need to be considered. For example, the type of learning you prefer or the industry you want to go into etc.

If you visit our ‘Why Apprenticeships’ page there is a list of pros and cons of both university and apprenticeships and some great video case studies to help you make this decision.

Don't see your answer here?

Why not use our unique messaging service located in your personal profile. From here you can send direct messages to an AIM Apprenticeships representative who can answer your question as soon as possible.

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