What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship allows you to gain real workplace experience but with training as you go. You will earn as you learn, gaining internationally recognised qualifications and certificates, enabling you to succeed in your chosen career.
There is a common perception that Apprenticeships are just for school leavers, however they are in fact, for everyone, regardless of age or experience. They are, simply put, “work based study”.
As a young person starting your career journey, an apprenticeship is an ideal opportunity to get a job where you can gain practical experience whilst also being trained. Earning whilst learning and gaining qualifications.
For an experienced professional, an apprenticeship can be used to either, enhance your career or alter your career direction.
What levels of apprenticeships are there?
Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3) apprenticeships
- Level 2’s are equivalent to GCSEs whilst Level 3’s are A level standard. They are perfect for individuals starting out or for professionals looking to change their career direction.
- Higher apprenticeships are typically used for progression after completion of a Level 2 or 3 apprenticeship. You will gain an NVQ Level 4, HND, or foundation degree. Some offer the opportunity to progress to Level 7 (which is postgraduate degree level).
- This level allows apprentices to advance their skills and qualifications in their chosen field. This level of apprenticeship is also undertaken by professionals to gain further qualifications in their chosen career.
- Degree apprenticeships are a new type of programme offered by some universities. Students can achieve a full bachelor's or master's degree as part of their apprenticeship.
Getting started couldn't be easier
Once you have decided an apprenticeship is for you, you can complete our initial application form which will register your details with the recruitment/onboarding team. A member of the team will be in touch to discuss your options.
If you are already employed and looking to undertake your apprenticeship with your current employer, please complete the initial application form, the onboarding team we be in touch to discuss next steps.
A Few of our many success stories
Solveway have supported 100's of learners through their apprenticeship, here are just a few of our success stories.
Zayn - Completed his Level 3 and 4 IT apprenticeship and is now studying a degree apprenticeship while with his current employer.Read Zayn's Story
Luke - Passed his AAT Level 3 with Distinction and he is well on the way to completing his AAT Level 4. Maybe ACCA comes next!Read Luke's Story
Sai- Successfully completed his Level 3 Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship in just over a year, he is now studying Level 4 Network Engineer!Read Sai's Story
Joanne - Whilst many of Joanne's friends are still at Uni and struggling with debts, Joanne is progressing in her career and earning a decent salaryRead Joanne's Story
Annie -The idea of earning money whilst learning was a huge motivation for Annie and so an Apprenticeship was the obvious routeRead Annie's Story
Is there an age limit?
The required minimum age to be eligible for an Apprenticeship is 16 and there is no upper age limit.
Am I eligible for an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are open to anyone not in fulltime education. Apply to Solveway via our website and we will be able to advise you on eligibility to our apprenticeship programme.
Do I need my results before applying?
You can apply before you have received your GCSE results.
What will I earn as an apprentice and what are the costs?
The exact amount differs from employer to employer. You are guaranteed the Minimum Apprenticeship Wage for the 1st year of your apprenticeship, then rising to the National Minimum Wage specific to your age thereafter. Your training is fully funded by the government and your employer so there are no costs to you.
What hours will I work and will I get paid holiday?
You will be working a minimum of 30 hours per week or a maximum of 40. The average working hours tend to be around 37.5 As an Apprentice you will be entitled to at least 20 paid holidays a year plus bank holidays.
How long does the apprenticeship take?
Depending on the Apprenticeship course you choose, it can take anywhere from 13 to 24 months.
What is the split between the workplace versus the classroom?
A minimum of 20% of your time is spent in training with Solveway and your employer. The remaining 80% of your time is spent working with your employer.
What support will I get as an apprentice?
All apprentices are assigned a mentor within their workplace. You will also be well supported with a work coach at Solveway who will keep you on target and help you reach your work goals. We offer outstanding pastoral care and have a specific Safeguarding team at Solveway who will help with any issues or concerns you may have.
What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?
You will earn a salary from day one of your employment and training, with marked salary increases when you complete your apprenticeship, and on average those with an Advanced Apprenticeship earn around £117,000 more over the course of their career. Another huge advantage compared to more traditional routes, is the job security apprenticeships can offer, with 71% of apprentices staying with the same employer.