The top five things about being an apprentice here at DCH:
Having a job and getting a salary
Our apprenticeships are open to everyone aged 16 years or above and are full-time placements. As an apprentice, you’ll have a contract of employment along with an apprenticeship agreement. Apprentices receive a salary and are supported by training providers, assessors and a mentor. You will be entitled to the same rights as our other employees. This includes the same entitlement for annual leave, sick pay, and wellbeing support.
Perfect if university isn’t for you
Unlike other ways of gaining experience, apprenticeships are paid for by the government and your employer. Meaning apprenticeships are great if going to a university isn’t for you. We pay an excellent apprentice salary and accept applications from people of all ages.
Did you know? Apprentices earn an average of £118,000 MORE in their lifetime than those who haven't completed one. (The Guardian)
Gain accredited qualifications
All apprenticeships must include an element of training. They're designed to give you on and off-the-job training, leading to a qualification. There are three levels of apprenticeships in England, leading to different qualifications:
Intermediate (Level 2) - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
Advanced (Level 3) - equivalent to 2 A-level passes
Higher (Level 4+) - lead to NVQ Level 4 and above or a foundation degree.
Therefore, depending on your scheme, you could end up with a:
National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
Functional Skills qualification
Technical certificate, such as a BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC)
Higher National Diploma (HND)
Great job prospects when your apprenticeship ends
We will make every effort to identify suitable opportunities for apprentices when training ends. This could be identifying suitable openings within the organisation, or looking at the next level of an apprenticeship such as progressing from level 2 to 3.
Once you've completed your apprenticeship, your job prospects as a whole are great.
Did you know? 85% of those who complete an apprenticeship stay in employment and 64% of these apprentices stay with their training organisation. (The Guardian)
Numerous long term options
A great thing about an apprenticeship is the scope of opportunities on offer long term. This is a realistic option for apprentices as they're likely to have been with their employer already and proved their commitment. Starting out on level 2 apprenticeship can lead to a degree and further for many.
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