Applicant FAQs

AM I ELIGIBLE TO JOIN A SKILLNET APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME?

There are no set entry requirements for Apprenticeships, although some of the employers we work with prefer applicants to have 3 GCSE passes (or their equivalents) at grade “C” or above.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

Our selection process is just like any other job application process. You will be interviewed and asked to take tests to see if you're the right person for the employers we are recruiting for.

ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF APPRENTICESHIPS?

Depending on the career route you choose there are different types of Apprenticeship available. Which Apprenticeship is right for you will depend on your experience and the employment opportunities in your area. However, all Apprenticeships include the following basic elements:

  • An appropriate National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) or Vocational Competence Qualification (VCQ) at either Level 2 or Level 3
  • Maths, English and ICT qualifications, and a technical certificate such as an IMI or City & Guilds

HOW LONG DOES AN APPRENTICESHIP TAKE?

Technical qualifications in the motor industry usually take about 18 months for Apprenticeships followed by a further 18 months if you go on to become an Advanced Apprentice. Most employers prefer Advanced Apprentices when promoting staff. The length of time taken will depend on your ability and your employer's requirements but an Apprenticeship requires a large degree of commitment on your part, to see it through.

HOW DO APPRENTICESHIPS WORK?

Your employer pays your wages and gives you on-the-job training which allows you to achieve your qualifications. You'll also spend time with Skillnet gaining key skills that will be useful in the job market - like working in teams, problem-solving, communication and using new technology. In addition, you'll study with us for a technical certificate, which will give you further knowledge and understanding of your job. Usually you will attend one of our training  sites for one day a week or in blocks of two weeks at a time, depending on your employers' preferences.

HOW MUCH DO I GET PAID?

It's difficult to say and depends on your employer. We will advise them and you on rates for new Apprentices but it's often no less than other new entrants to work. We select the employers we work with carefully to make sure that they can provide you with a safe work place and that they will support you in gaining your qualification.

WHAT SORT OF PERSON IS ACCEPTED ON AN APPRENTICESHIP?

Applicants need to be:

  • Serious
  • Committed
  • Able to show that they have fully researched the area of work they want to do and that they're the right person for the job
  • Aware of their responsibilities to both themselves and the company who would employ them
  • Prepared for further study
  • Realistic about the amount of work they may have to do
  • Happy to work as both part of a team and an individual
  • Able to use their own initiative

Apprenticeships can be demanding, but very rewarding. It's not just a question of seeing what is out there and then selecting a career path. It helps if you are focused enough to know what you want to do before you apply.

DO I GET HOLIDAYS?

Like many other employees, you will receive at least your statutory holiday entitlement. Your individual entitlement will be detailed in your terms of employment or training agreement. Just like any other job, your employer will have rules about how far in advance holidays need to be booked, and times that holidays cannot be taken.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I GET WHEN I'VE FINISHED MY APPRENTICESHIP?

You'll get a package of qualifications when you finish your Apprenticeship - a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) or Vocational Competence Qualification (VCQ), a technical certificate such as an IMI certificate or a City & Guilds Progression Award, and Maths, English and ICT qualifications. Apprenticeships lead to either a Level 2 or Level 3 package of qualifications.

HOW DO NVQS AND VCQ'S RELATE TO OTHER QUALIFICATIONS?

Broadly speaking, there are five levels of NVQ / VCQ:

Level 1 = 5 GCSEs at grades D-G

Level 2 = 5 GCSEs at grades A-C

Level 3 = 2 A levels/1 vocational A level

Level 4/5 = HNC, HND and degree level

AT WHAT AGE CAN I BECOME AN APPRENTICE?

There are many routes open to becoming an Apprentice and most are open to applicants of all ages. We are happy to provide more information to you if you call or email us.