Answers to the questions you might have about starting an apprenticeship.
Can the MET help me find an employer?
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.
How long does an apprenticeship take to complete?
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 much will I earn?
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 October 2017, this is £3.50 per hour. However, the MET encourages employers to pay at a higher hourly rate.
How safe will I be in the workplace?
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.
What might my working hours be?
Apprentices are required to have a minimum of 30 contracted hours with an employer who will agree working patterns to be supported. 20% of your contracted time will be dedicated to apprenticeship training.