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More info about the 100 Day Apprenticeship Challenge - which aimed at encouraging more North East businesses to consider apprenticeships
Previous years have seen the challenge secure thousands of apprenticeship starts for young people across the North East and this year is expected to be even more successful.
Q. What are Apprenticeships?
A. An apprenticeship enables you to learn whilst on the job. This means that you are learning the skills you need to do the job and at the same time, you are gaining experience of actually doing the job. You gain a nationally recognised qualification (NVQ, Award, Certificate or Diploma) and rather than just learning from books, you can actually put your skills into practice.
Q. How Do Apprenticeships Work?
A. You will receive a real wage. Throughout your apprenticeship you will receive on-the-job training which allows you to achieve your qualification (NVQ, Award, Certificate or Diploma). With NECC you will gain further skills - like working in teams, problem-solving, communication and using new technology. Also, you will study for a Technical Certificate, which gives you further knowledge and understanding of your job.
Q. How Long Does an Apprenticeship Take?
A. The amount of time to complete an Apprenticeship really depends on the course you have chosen, however generally this is a minimum of 12 months.
Q. How Much Do I Get Paid?
A. Apprentices earn at least £2.68 per hour (from 1st October 2013).
Q. What Qualifications Do I Get When I've Finished
A. An Apprenticeship is essentially a set of qualifications called a "framework" developed by Sector Skills Councils. Most Apprenticeship frameworks follow a standard format that comprises: - A National Vocational Qualification (Level 2 for Apprenticeships, Level 3 for Advanced Apprenticeships). - Key Transferable Skills. - A Technical Certificate. Including certificates to show your are competent in your chosen vocational area and that you understand and can do the job.
Q. What Should My C.V. Look Like?
A. C.V's can be tricky things to get right and there isn't necessarily one single format that you should follow. However you can click here to view NECC's example CV to see how we think it is best to format your CV.
(Information from North East Chamber Of Commerce )