If there's anything you need to know about starting an NLT Apprenticeship then this is the place to be. There's everything you need from news, Apprentice stories and fact files to boring stuff like forms to fill in and policies.

We know that you'll have loads of questions about starting an Apprenticeship, like 'Is an Apprenticeship right for me?' 'What bus do I get to NLT?' How much will I be paid?' 'Will I get holidays?' Don't worry though, below you'll find a load of our FAQs (frequently asked questions), that have been put together by young people and their parents.

If you don't see any answer to your question, or you're ready to get your Apprenticeship moving, then get in touch today >

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Apprentice FAQs

Eligibility & Applications
How do I become an apprentice?

If you meet the initial entry requirements, which include being a UK citizen, being aged 16+ and having ago standard of maths and English, then you should get in touch with the NLT Apprentice Team at your local office, who will be happy to help and advise you.

Who is eligible to become an apprentice?

Apprenticeships are open to both men and women over the age of 16. You need to live in England and not be taking part in full-time education elsewhere. There is no upper age limit and entry requirements are flexible, varying according to the job role and sector.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be aged over 16 and have a good standard of maths and English. If you are applying for an Engineering Apprenticeship you also need to be able to travel to one of our approved training centres.

With September passed, do I have to wait till next September to apply?

NLT Training Services enrols throughout the year on its Evolve Programme and Apprenticeship course.

All About Apprenticeships
What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships mix training in a real workplace with the learning you typically get in a classroom. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst getting the tailored skills that you need for your chosen career path. 

Being an Apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst you are working and earning a wage.

Why will I benefit from an Apprenticeship?

Kicking off your career with an Apprenticeship is a great way to get a head start in the field you want to work in. You'll combine on-the-job learning with your employer with training . You'll be earning while you learn, getting paid holiday leave and training at a level that's right for you.

Apprenticeships are structured training programmes which give you a chance to work (literally) towards a qualification. They help you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen industry. 

Getting into employment earlier through an Apprenticeship means there’s lots of potential for you to progress in your career quickly. You can also begin to earn a good salary much earlier on in your life.

Learn more about the many benefits of Apprenticeships here.

What will I be doing as an Apprentice?

As an Apprentice you will be employed and as such undertaking a job role within an organisation that is related to your Apprenticeship. Depending on the type of Apprenticeship you choose, you may also spend up to one day a week learning at NLT.

All apprentices must be offered a minimum of 16 hours of work per week but generally, most apprentices are employed full time. Your working hours are determined by your employer.

How long does the Apprenticeship last?

How long the Apprenticeship lasts depends on the level of Apprenticeship that you are doing. However, an Apprenticeship typically last between 12 and 36 months.

How long will I spend on practical and how long will I spend on theory in my course?

One of the great things about Apprenticeships is that they are hands-on learning, which means you're putting the theory into practice every single day.  

How is the Apprenticeship delivered and assessed?

As an Apprentice you are assessed throughout your course. This can be either while you're in the workplace doing your job, or in one of our training centres.

The assessment is designed to show that the Apprentice is fully competent and productive in their occupation.

 

Will there be exams or is it all coursework?

You may think by choosing an Apprenticeship, you’ve found a brilliant way of avoiding studying and exams. However, getting a qualification requires you to have plenty of knowledge about the sector – so employers will need to assess that you are good at the role!

With some Apprenticeships, accountancy for example, you will have undertake exams. With other Apprenticeship, this could be practical assessments,  coursework and long and short answer tests.

Don’t worry though, you won’t be facing these challenges all on your own. During your Apprenticeship, NLT's Apprentice Team will provide you with support and guide you through every step, making sure you are exam and work ready.

What qualification do I get at the end?

Depending on the Apprenticeship you choose, you will get either a Level 2, 3 or 4 NVQ diploma at the end of your course, which equate to:

Level 2 = 5 good GCESs at grades A-C

Level 3 = 2 A Levels

Level 4/5 = Foundation Degree

These are recognised qualifications and you will have the choice to progress to the next level after you have successfully completed one. 

Can you fail an Apprenticeship?

Yes, you can fail an Apprenticeship.

However, NLT's Apprenticeship Team will work closely with you to ensure you stay on track and focussed on successfully completing your Apprenticeship in the recommended time frame.

You will be expected to attend all agreed sessions in centre and all meetings planned with your assessor which will help you achieve your Apprenticeship. If you fail to meet any of your appointments or training sessions this will no doubt have an effect on the length of time it takes you to complete your training.

Is there any learning support if I am struggling/stuck?

NLT's Apprenticeship Team are here to help and provide advice and learning support throughout your Apprenticeship.

100% of our Apprentices said that while at NLT they received the support they needed to help them progress and that they were treated fairly.  

Daily Life, Perks & Benefits
Will I be working nine till five?

Your hours of work depend on your employer. 

All Apprentices work a minimum of 30 hours a week and no more than 40 hours per week. This includes any training time at college (off the job) and on the job (with the employer).

Young workers must not exceed the 8 hour a day or 40 hours week. They are also entitled to paid holidays and rest breaks of at least 30 minutes if their shift lasts more than four and half hours.

You must be paid for all the time you spend training, whether it's at college or on the job.  

 

How much money will I earn?

You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage.

The current minimum wage rate for an Apprentice is £3.40 per hour.

This rate applies to Apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an Apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

You must be paid for:

  • your normal working hours (minimum 30 hours per week)
  • training that’s part of your apprenticeship (usually one day per week)

If you work 40 hours a week, you’ll also get at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays.

 

How many holidays do I get every year?

If you work 40 hours per week, an Apprentice is entitled to at least 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays. The amount of holidays you get annually is dependent on your employer.

When can I take my holidays?

You'll get at least 20 days holiday a year and when you take your holidays will be decided in agreement with your employer.

What size company would I be working with?

Currently there are more than 100,000 UK businesses using Apprentices as part of their growth strategy. You could be the first employee for a small,growing company or one of thousands in a large, multi-national organisation.

Will there be uniforms?

A certain standard of business dress is expected from whatever employer you are working for. Your employer may have a uniform that you are required to wear. In some roles, particularly in the engineering and construction sectors, it is a legal requirement to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when on site.

If you are required to spend time at any of NLT's training centres, you will be expected to wear PPE.

What do I do on the first day?

Your first day of work is probably going to be the most exciting but most nerve-racking day of your career. You’re going to be given lots of information and get an insight into your new routine.

It's important to make a good impression on your first day as an Apprentice. Your boss and fellow employees won't demand you have experience, but they will expect you to have a professional attitude. 

Firstly, it's vital to make sure you arrive on time. It's probably a good idea to make the journey from home to work as a trial run the day before you begin work for real. That way you can ensure you know where you are going and how to get there. 

Always leave extra time for your journey and ensure you have a good breakfast - it will help you concentrate and keep you going until lunchtime. 

You should treat your first day in a new job as you would the interview. Most companies have a three-month settling in period, so this is a good benchmark for the amount of time you should take to get to grips with your new role. 

Always smile, be polite, respectful and positive, and ensure you make eye contact with everyone you meet. 

It's a good opportunity to work out how the company you're employed by fits together, so try to get a better understanding of the business, its inner workings and the different departments within it. 

Above all, don't forget that as an Apprentice this is probably your first experience of the workplace, so your boss and colleagues will be aware that it is their responsibility to train you. 

Students get loads of discounts, does an Apprentice get the same?

Apart from the obvious benefits of becoming an Apprentice, there are a number of other fantastic offers and discounts you can receive.

From reduced transport and discounted cinema trips to money off in shops and restaurants, there are a tonne of offers available to you.

As an Apprentice you are entitled to NUS Apprentice Extra, which provides discounts in-store and online.

For just £11 for 12 months, you get discounts with the likes of The Co-op, Amazon.co.uk, Superdrug, Alton Towers, Odeon Cinemas and much much more!

It's run by the National Union of Students, (NUS) and the money raised selling the discount card helps to fund a new National Society for Apprentices, which will serve to represent your needs and those of all vocational learners.

Discover more here

 

Future Prospects For Apprentices
How much money will I earn?

A report commissioned by Barclays, and released in Summer 2016, revealed the amount Apprentices earn over the course of their lives is outstripping that of graduates by up to 270%.

 

Why will I benefit from an Apprenticeship?

In a competitive market, employees with real industry experience and tailored training and skills are at the top of every employer’s wish list. Apprenticeships are designed by employers, so you can be assured you will gain the skills that employers want. In fact, 90% of Apprentices stay in employment after finishing their Apprenticeship.

Kicking off your career with an NLT Apprenticeship is a great way to get a head start in the field you want to work in. You'll combine on the job learning from your employer, with training at NLT. You'll be earning while you learn, getting paid holiday leave and training at a level that's right for you.

How long does the Apprenticeship last?

How long the Apprenticeship lasts depends on the level of apprenticeship that you are doing. However, they typically last between 12 and 36 months.

What future prospects do I have after my Apprenticeship?

Beginning your Apprenticeship is just the start of a fantastic and rewarding career in the career and sector you choose. From running your own company to training Apprentices yourself, an Apprenticeship opens the door to great opportunities.

Is there a career waiting for me after an Apprenticeship?

The job and career opportunities in the engineering industry are vast. An engineering apprenticeship can see you working across a wide variety of industries including: manufacturing, automotive, oil & gas, transport, electronics and aerospace.

What qualification do I get at the end?

Depending on the Apprenticeship you choose, you will get either a Level 2, 3 or 4 NVQ diploma at the end of your course, which equate to:

Level 2 = 5 good GCESs at grades A-C

Level 3 = 2 A Levels

Level 4/5 = Foundation Degree

These are recognised qualifications and you will have the choice to progress to the next level after you have successfully completed one. 

Can I get a degree after doing an Apprenticeship?

Absolutely. If, after completing your Apprenticeship, you decide that you want to go back into formal education, there is nothing stopping you starting a degree. Alternatively, you might choose to pursue another professional qualification – or enter further or higher education doing something other than a degree.

In fact, an Apprenticeship can stand you in very good stead for your university career. The qualifications that you receive as a result of your Apprenticeship are often looked on favourably by admissions tutors, meaning that you can improve your chances of being accepted onto a course. Furthermore, if you pursue a degree in a field related to that in which you did your Apprenticeship, you might well find that the skills you have learned help you to complete your degree more efficiently.

All About NLT Training Services
How do I get to the NLT training centre?

Our Training Centres are easy to find and located close to Chesterfield and Scunthorpe town centres.

You can find maps to our Training Centres here. If you're travelling by bus, you'll find timetables to Brimington and Scunthorpe in the Files & Downloads section below.

Will my tutors have industry experience?

Many of our training officers were apprentices themselves and have had successful careers in industry prior to joining NLT. Every year they share their knowledge and expertise with hundreds of young people, making sure they are valued members of the workforce.

 

Why would I choose NLT and not another training provider?

All our Apprenticeships have been designed in conjunction with industry experts to ensure they deliver the skills and qualifications that are relevant to you and your employers. 

If you're considering an Apprenticeship in Engineering then, rest assured, NLT is the leading and most experienced provider in the region.

NLT has been training the engineers of tomorrow for more than 40 years and we're one of the region's leading work-based training providers. 

Where will the training take place?

If you're undertaking an Engineering Apprenticeship then the training will take place at a designated site of your choice in either Chesterfield or Scunthorpe. 

We have recreated real engineering working environments at our purpose-built training centre in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and we have developed partnerships with Grimsby Institute, Lincoln College and North Lindsey College, allowing you to choose the most convenient location to undertake your learning.