If you are in an Apprenticeship and feel that you need help, support or guidance scroll through this page and see if we have a topic that is of interest to you.
Still at School?
Are you considering an Apprenticeship? You can leave school at 16 if you are in an Apprenticeship rather than staying on at school until the age of 18 under the Raising the Participation Age (RPA) scheme. Raising the participation age (RPA) does not mean young people must stay in school or choose one of the following options after their 16th birthday:
1 - full-time education, such as school, college or home education
2 - an Apprenticeship from aged 16
3 - part-time education or training if you are employed, self-employed or volunteering full-time (which is defined as 20 hours or more a week).
You can apply to be an Apprentice by searching for companies that are employing Apprentices at the Apprentice Vacancy Matching Service.
Need advice on getting a job
Visit the National Careers Service website at https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk. Here you will find some useful on-line tools to help your job search.
The Skills Health Check has two sections, the first is "your personal skills" and the second is "Your Activity Skills". People who do them find that they are really useful but plan your time as they can take just over two hours to do them properly.
The Action Plan helps set out useful things that might help in a job interview, such as;
- reasons for changing job or leaving school or college,
- what you are looking for in a new job or career,
- what you would like to achieve,
- what you would like to change,
- and to help you set a long term plan.
Looking for an Apprenticeship
If you are aged 16 to 23 and you want to get an Apprenticeship think about what you want to do and where you would want to work. This will include how far you could travel to work. A little bit of research will help and going to the National Apprenticeships Service (NAS) website is a great place to start www.apprenticeships.org.uk. NAS run an Apprenticeship vacancy matching service where you can look at the various Apprenticeships that employers are looking for and apply on line. Its a really good system, its free to use and it works. Most of the employers that IPS works with will advertise their apprenticeship vacancies through this service. there is a link button here or on our website home page.
What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship
Some of the benefits that could matter to you are:
• Earning a salary
• Training in the skills that employers want
• Increased future earning potential
• Excellent progression opportunities
• Better long-term salary prospects
• Learning at a pace to suit YOU
• Three entry points and progression through the different levels, Intermediate, Advanced and Higher Apprenticeships
Do you travel to work by train? You should seriously consider a 16 – 25 Railcard - there are some great savings to be made, 1/3rd off rail fares, and there are other offers on magazines, days out, weekend breaks, 2for1 London offers and more. Monday to Friday travel to work for 30% less, at the weekend up to London and back for 30% less. Follow this link to the National Rail 16 - 25 Railcard website, its worth a look. http://www.16-25railcard.co.uk/
A National Minimum Wage for apprentices was introduced on 1 October 2010 and applies to all apprentices. The National Minimum Wage is the minimum hourly pay almost all workers are entitled to by law regardless of how large or small the employer is. The rates normally change on the 1st October each year. Many employers pay their apprentices at above the minimum rate.
Find out more about National Minimum Wage Rates at https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage
An Apprentice can register for an NUS Apprentice Extra card (a registration fee applies) to get access to a wide range of discounts with hundreds of companies. Follow this link to the National Union of Students for more information https://cards.nusextra.co.uk/affiliate/apprentice/
In Apprenticeships it means what do you do next?
If you have completed your Intermediate Apprenticeship we would advise you to go on to an Advanced Apprenticeship. If you are under 24 you will still get funding support from the Skills Funding Agency so its best to get it while its available. If you have completed your Advanced Apprenticeship you can now go on to Higher Apprenticeships. There are now several options and its best to ask for advice. A Higher Apprenticeship could mean studying for and gaining Foundation Degree to add to your CV. In some cases if your job is sufficiently varied you can do a second Apprenticeship in a different qualification. If you want to find out about progression speak to your Trainer/Assessor or call the IPS Business Development Advisors on 01634 298808.
When you apply for a new job its normal to be asked to supply references. You can supply your prospective employer with an email or letter authorising IPS to supply a reference. IPS will confirm course attendance, course completion, employer history and certificates achieved while training with us. We will be factual and will not offer opinion. It helps if you let us know that you have supplied our details to your prospective employer.
Equality and Diversity
IPS seeks to increase the number of Apprentices from diverse backgrounds working and learning in our Apprenticesip programmes.
Safeguarding is a free service if you are a Traineeship or Apprentice. Your training and workplace should be a safe working and positive learning environment free from threat to you. If you're having trouble at work, in your time training or even at home or anywhere else get in touch with our Safeguarding team. Their job is to offer their advice and guidance and to ensure that anyone who is at risk is given the correct support. Each IPS learner is given a card with contact details - please ask in our office or call 01634 298800 if you have misplaced yours. If you are not an IPS Apprentice and something is worrying you, you should think about talking to your training provider Safeguarding Officer.
If we don't meet your expectations you might want an explanation or your problem investigated. We will listen and treat your complaint seriously, and we will try and solve the problem. In the first instance you should speak to your main IPS contact. If you don't want to take that option see the contact details on the Your Views pages of our website.