Frequently asked questions
How do I advertise my vacancy?
Contact us using this form and select employer enquiry.
We will then be in touch to gather your requirements and discuss the best approach to get your vacancy live.
Where will my vacancy be advertised?
On our website and on the National Apprenticeship Service’s website, which is a national online recruitment system.
How is the system managed?
It’s managed by us. Once we have your information, we’ll add your vacancy to the National Apprenticeship Service website and monitor the number of applications.
How will I receive applications?
We’ll firstly filter the applications based on what you’re looking for in a candidate. To comply with regulations, the applications will be sent via a secure file sharing system.
What happens if I find a suitable candidate?
Just let us know the name of the person and we’ll arrange a meeting with you to organise their apprenticeship programme.
What if there aren’t any suitable candidates?
We can always extend your closing date or re-advertise your vacancy at a later date.
You’re not under any obligation to recruit someone from the site, but if you do, you’ll have to make sure they’re signed up to an apprenticeship programme with Total People.
In addition, we’ll promote your vacancy for free in our weekly applicant newsletter and highlight the vacancy on our homepage carousel. We’ll also promote your vacancy on our social media channels.
What support is available?
You’ll be assigned an experienced Recruitment Officer who’ll keep you up to date with your vacancy and will support you through the process.
If you’re looking for industry specific information, we'll link you with a colleague from the vocational team who will be able to answer any questions or queries.
It really is that straight forward! So call today on 03333 222 666 or complete a contact form below and a member of our team will contact you.
What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships give you the professional skills and knowledge you need for your chosen career. They’re a mixture of on-the-job training and classroom learning that mean you can earn while you learn.
What are the benefits of doing an apprenticeship?
- Earn and learn, receive a wage and gain a qualification.
- Gain a nationally recognised qualification.
- Receive friendly support and guidance.
- Gain invaluable work and real world experience.
- Become an essential part of a team.
- Improve your career prospects.
- Progress within your chosen industry.
- No debt!
How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?
Usually between 12 and 18 months, however some can last over 24 months.
How do you apply for an apprenticeship?
It’s quick and easy.
- Search for an apprenticeship vacancy on our website or the ‘find apprenticeship’ government website.
- Sign in or create an account
- Complete and submit your application.
And that’s all there is to it. You’ve just applied for an apprenticeship!
How much do apprentices earn?
The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.15, however, a lot of employers pay a higher hourly wage and this can vary between sectors and employers. Every vacancy we post clearly states how much you’ll earn so you’re fully aware before you apply for a role.
How old do I have to be before I can become an apprentice?
To become an apprentice you need to be 16 or over. However, it’s always best to start looking for vacancies five to six months before you want to get a job. This means you’ll be ready and know what to do when it comes to applying. There’s no upper age limit to becoming an apprentice.
Do I need experience to become an apprentice?
It’s not necessary but some employers may ask for it. Make sure you check the vacancy information first to see if any specific experience or grades are needed.
Will an apprenticeship lead to long term employment?
Apprenticeships are a great stepping stone to a long-term career. More than 90% of apprentices stay in employment after their course ends, which shows how beneficial they can be.
How do apprenticeships support English and maths?
If learners have recently passed their GCSEs in English and maths achieving 9-4 grades, they will not be required to undertake Functional skills. If learners achieved a 3 or lower in English and Maths, they will be required to study Functional skills in English and Maths, alongside their chosen apprenticeship framework.
What qualification do learners receive?
- Learners receive a NVQ/QCF qualification
- A Technical Certificate (although some Apprenticeships do not have one)
- Functional Skills
On your apprenticeship courses, how much is ‘off the job’ training?
All of our apprenticeships require 20% ‘off the job’ training
What are the entry requirements?
The entry requirements for apprenticeships can vary and in some cases, depending on the learner, be flexible. If learners are struggling to get an apprenticeship, or do not meet the entry requirements they may wish to consider our ‘Pathways to Apprenticeships’ programme. Learners who have achieved a 3 or lower in GCSE English and Maths will be entered for GCSE re-sits on the Pathways programme.
When do apprenticeships start?
Apprenticeships start throughout the year, once a learner applies for an apprenticeship it can take between one to three months from the initial application for the learner to be in post.
How are learners supported?
Learners are assigned an individual training advisor, who will observe them in the work place with regular 1-2-1 visits; furthermore TAs will protect learner’s interests in the workplace. Learners will receive an Individual learning plan (ILP), so learning can be tailored to their needs.
If one of my learners is on a L3 course or equivalent, can they go straight onto a L3 apprenticeship?
It really depends on the learner’s skills and experience. For example, if the learner has studied a L3 course or equivalent in Health and Social care then a L3 Health and Social care apprenticeship would be appropriate.
However, if the same learner decided they wanted to apply for a Digital Marketing apprenticeship, which they have no experience in, a L2 apprenticeship would be more suitable. To ensure a successful application, it would be advised that the learner sought relevant work experience or a Traineeship vacancy.
What range of courses do you offer?
- Entry level programme ‘Prospects Plus’ - aimed at 14-16yr olds providing them with relevant work experience
- L1 entry programme ‘Pathways to Apprenticeships’ - aimed at 16-18yr olds- 1-year course preparing learners for the world of work or an apprenticeship in their chosen framework
- Traineeship- aimed at 16- 23yr olds. You may find some vacancies advertised as ‘Traineeships’. These are unpaid vacancies that can last between 6 weeks and 6 months aimed at helping young people improve their employability and get paid work, or progress onto an apprenticeship. Learners will receive a ‘Certificate of completion’ and reference when they have finished the Traineeship.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship combines learning with earning. Learners have a proper job with a great employer, and are supported through a programme of learning designed by one of our team to match their needs and the business needs, allowing them to grow, flourish in their careers and gain world-class qualifications whilst earning a wage. There’s no debt with an apprenticeship yet there are opportunities to work towards degree level qualifications.
Learners get relevant real-life experience, are a valued part of team and progress in their jobs all whilst being fully supported by one of our friendly and knowledgeable training advisers.
How much does an apprenticeship cost?
An apprenticeship will not cost you or your young person anything. If the young person is aged 16-18 then their training is fully funded by the Government at no cost to the employer. Whilst Government funding is more limited for young people aged over 19, there is still absolutely no cost for the apprentice themselves (or their family).
This is one of the major draws of an apprenticeship – the opportunity to gain world-respected qualifications (to degree level and beyond) without any fees. Current figures show that a three year university course can cost around £30,000, and students leave with no work experience or knowledge of industry.
With an apprenticeship, your young person can kick-start their career, earn a wage, gain fantastic qualifications with no associated cost.
How do we apply?
Contact us! We’ll be happy to speak with both you and your young person to find a job that’s right for them. Apprentices have to be employed so we can help your young person search through our vacancies to find one that’s right for them.
What support is available?
Your young person is assigned a dedicated Training Adviser. This person will have worked in the applicable industry and may have been an apprentice themselves. Their entire purpose is to support your young person throughout their apprenticeship, helping them settle into work, achieve their qualifications and be on hand to answer any queries. Safeguarding is a priority and all of our Training Advisers have received instruction in this area. The support that we offer at Total People is one of the things that makes us stand out from the crowd.
What happens once the apprenticeship is over?
Although it’s not guaranteed, the vast majority of apprentices (90%) stay on with their employer after the duration of their programme.