Which apprenticeships are available? How do I apply? What will I be paid? How many hours will I work? Is there off-the-job training?
Answers to some questions you may have about apprenticeships
Finding and starting an apprenticeship can seem daunting, there is so much information out there and a number of different options.
Take a look at our FAQ's below to find out more or contact our dedicated team who will help you find the best apprenticeship for you.
We also run weekly drop in sessions every Wednesday at our Central Campus in Brighton and Broadwater Campus in Worthing where you can meet members of our team face-to-face and discuss the apprenticeships we offer, the application process and any other questions you might have.
Drop-in sessions take place on:
- Central Brighton Campus - every Wednesday 12.00pm-3.00pm
- Broadwater Campus - every Wednesday 3.00pm-4.30pm
- East Brighton Campus - first Wednesday of the month 12.00pm-3.00pm
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a chance to learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification, while getting a weekly wage. Anyone over the age of 16 can apply for an apprenticeship. All the apprenticeships we offer follow the new Standards as set out by the Government.
What does an apprenticeship include?
You will receive a nationally recognised qualification and workplace skills, including:
- A competence based qualification
- A knowledge based qualification
- English, maths and ICT (unless you have GCSE grade 4/C or above)
- Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
How much will I be paid?
Wages vary depending on the type of apprenticeship, but there is a national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16-18 year olds and to those aged 19 or over in the first year of their studies. From April 2019, this is £3.90 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay a higher hourly rate.
How long is the apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level and subject area. As a guide, an Intermediate Level 2 Apprenticeship usually takes around 12-18 months and an Advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship takes around 18-24 months.
How many hours will I work?
You must work a minimum of 30 hours and a maximum of 40 hours. You will agree with your employer how these hours are split.
Are the workplaces safe?
All workplaces are assessed for health and safety before any apprenticeship is delivered there by the MET. There is also a robust safeguarding policy to ensure that all students and apprentices are, and feel, safe and protected.
Do I need to attend college one day a week?
Training is undertaken in the workplace, but you may be required to attend college one day a week to meet the minimum requirement of 20% off-the-job training.
What does the off-the-job training involve?
Depending on the apprenticeship programme you are following the 20% off-the-job training will take place as part of your working week with your employer or as day release at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College.
How do I find an apprenticeship?
Our recruitment team will be able to support you to find an apprenticeship. Once you have registered your interest we can notify you of any suitable vacancies and offer advice on how you can prepare for interview.
To gain an apprenticeship you will need to find suitable employment of at least 30 hours a week (with the promise of a contract of employment to follow within the first 6 weeks of employment).
If you are currently at school and due to finish in 2019, please note that, you cannot start employment or the apprenticeship until you 16 years of age.
We run drop in sessions at our Brighton and Worthing campuses. Come along and talk to the apprenticeship team:
Brighton - Wednesday 12pm-3pm in the Student Centre, Central Campus, Pelham Street, Brighton, BN1 4FA
Worthing – Wednesday 3pm-4.30pm in the Student Centre, Broadwater Campus, Broadwater Road, Worthing BN14 8HJ
Where can I view current vacancies?
Day release apprenticeships usually start in September, where as work based learning vacancies are open all year round. We advise you check our vacancies and the Gov website regularly and sign-up to The National Apprenticeship Service alerts via this link.
We also recommend that you contact companies relevant to the area you are looking to get into to see if they would be interested in taking on apprentice.
How do I apply?
I already have an employer – what should I do next?
If you have found an employer please complete a college application form, the apprenticeship team will then contact you.
Do I need an interview?
Before you start your apprenticeship with us, you will be asked to attend an interview with the apprenticeship team or subject department. This interview is very important; it will determine if you are accepted onto the apprenticeship, therefore attendance is compulsory.
You will receive a phone call and email to confirm the date/time of when your interview will be and where you will need to go.
What happens next?
Once you have found an employer, please contact us as soon as possible with the employer name, contact number, email and address. We have a team of operators who will contact your employer to discuss the requirements of the apprenticeship and the 20% off-the-job learning element. If you do not let us know that you have obtained an employer then your apprenticeship will not go ahead.
Please note that if you are unable to secure suitable apprenticeship employment, then you may want to consider a full-time study programme or an adult course. If this is the case, please let us know and we will forward your application to our admissions team.