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The first and last thing we need from you is for you to complete the Apprenticeship Vacancy Form on our website. This is a requirement from the National Apprenticeship Service and tells us key things such as:

  • What the apprentice’s job will involve
  • What they will be paid and their working hours
  • What qualifications/skills/experience you are looking for
  • Closing date

 

On Total People’s website and on the National Apprenticeship Service’s website.

This is where people can apply for your vacancy. It’s a national online recruitment system which offers employers a free recruitment tool by their choice of training provider (e.g. Total People).

It’s facilitated and managed by us. Once we have the information from you, it’s our job to put your vacancy on the Apprenticeships Website, process and monitor the number of applications throughout.

Total People can initially filter the applications on your behalf based on your requirements and what you’re looking for in a candidate. Or, if you prefer, you can receive them all directly either via email or they can be posted.

Just let us know the name of the person and we can arrange a meeting with you to organise their Apprenticeship programme.

We can extend your closing date or re-advertise your vacancy at a later date.

You are not under any obligation to recruit someone from the site, but if you do, you must ensure they are signed up onto an Apprenticeship programme with Total People.

Whether you have worked with Total People before or not, you will be assigned a Training Adviser who will act as your port of call throughout the process.

They are occupationally competent in the sector that you’re advertising a vacancy for.

For example, if you’re looking for an Accountancy Apprentice one of our Accounts team will be linked to your organisation and will maintain regular contact about your vacancy.

It really is that straight forward! So don’t delay, call Total People today on 01606 734034 or complete the form below and a member of our team will contact you.

Apprenticeships provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for your chosen career. They are real jobs that also lead to nationally recognised qualifications. Through a mix of on-the-job training and classroom learning you will earn while you learn.

-    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!
 

Usually an apprenticeship will take between 12 and 18 months, with the minimum time being 12 months for your completion, however some can take over 24 months to complete.

Applying for an apprenticeship is simple. All you need to do is complete the following three steps;


Search for an apprenticeship vacancy on our website or the ‘find apprenticeship’ government website. All applications will go through the government website.


Sign in or create an account.


Complete and submit your application.


And that’s all there is to it, congratulations, you’ve just applied for an apprenticeship!
 

The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.50, however, this is just that, a minimum. 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 will earn so you are fully aware before you apply for a role.
 

To become an apprentice you need to be 16 or over.  However, it is always best to start planning and looking for potential vacancies 5-6 months before you intend to get a job; this will mean you are well prepared and knowledgeable when it comes to applying.
 

Previous experience is not a set requirement, however, some employers may ask for it. Make sure you check the apprenticeship vacancy information to see if they ask for any specific experience or subject grades.
 

Apprenticeships offer a fantastic foundation to start a long term career. More than 90% of apprentices stay in employment after their course ends, clearly highlighting the long term benefits of completing an apprenticeship.
 

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. 
 

•    Learners receive a NVQ/ QCF qualification 
•    A Technical Certificate (although some Apprenticeships do not have one)
•    Functional Skills
 

All of our apprenticeships require 20% ‘off the job’ training 
 

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. 
 

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.
 

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. 
 

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.  
 

•    Entry level programme ‘Prospectus 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 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 received a ‘Certificate of completion’ and reference, when they have finished the Traineeship.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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. 
 

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.
 

Although it’s not guaranteed, the vast majority of apprentices (90%) stay on with their employer after the duration of their programme.