Frequently asked questions

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What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn.

Key Benefits:

  • Earning while learning

  • Improve your skills

  • Excellent opportunities to progress within the industry, whenever looking to study or climb the ranks within the workplace

  • Increase your future earning potential

  • Support by a mentor will be given to help the individual learn at a pace suited to them

What are the benefits to the Learner?

  • You can Earn whilst you Learn

  • You will receive a nationally recognised qualification

  • You may get promotion within your current organisation.

  • It will give you better career opportunities.

  • You can take your qualification with you wherever you work.

  • You will increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in the job you are doing.

  • If you are thinking about going to university at a later date, some qualifications can be used within the Universities points system.

  • Sign up, become an Apprentice and get your own Apprentice Extra NUS card

  • Subject to eligibility, you can save up to 30% off Oyster travel with an Apprentice Oyster Card 

What are the advantages of an apprenticeship?

  • You will work better and more effectively

  • It will set you up to move into new and better jobs

  • Better salary

  • You experience new and different challenges

  • You improve your skills and knowledge

  • Develop transferable skills

Will I have my own trainer?

Yes, you will be allocated a Trainer. This will be the same Trainer that completes your initial assessment with you. They will support you and deliver planned training and assessment to guide you through your qualification. They will assist you in putting together your portfolio of evidence.

Is all training carried out in the work place?

Yes!! All training will be conducted whilst you are at work and you will be assessed in the workplace and/or via e learning.

Do I have to do homework?

Not exactly homework, but you will be expected to complete some assignments, personal statements and collect evidence to prove competency, this will be discussed in more detail when you meet your Trainer

What if I decide to change my job/employer?

That is not a problem. The qualification you will be working towards belongs to you and you can carry it forward to a new job at any time. However, this will be dependent on it being a similar job role.
If the new job role is significantly different, we can change the programme of training to one more suitable or alternatively if we cannot offer a suitable programme, we shall refer you to a suitable provider. This will be with the agreement of the new employer.

Are there any penalties for not completing?

No, but you would not get a completion certificate that could help with your future career opportunities.

I have a degree, can a university graduate do an apprenticeship?

From May 2017 graduates are able to start Apprenticeship programmes.

Do I get paid?

The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £4.81 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age is you are an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year. Davidson Training encourages employers to pay £200 per week.

I already have a job, can I still do an apprenticeship?

If you are currently working, you can become an apprentice if your employer agrees.

Do I have to pay anything to be an apprentice?

While you are on an apprenticeship, you won’t need to pay anything as your employer pays you a salary and will support you whilst you undertake your training.

What are my rights as an apprentice?

As an apprentice, you have the same rights as other employees within your organisation.

Do I choose where to work?

Accepting a job offer from an employer for a apprenticeships role will be your decision.
You need to apply for our vacancies and go through the Davidson Training selection process and if suitable, you will be asked to attend an interview with an employer (you choose the roles you think it would be suitable for you) and if successful, you will be offered a position.

How do I find out about Apprenticeship Vacancies?

You can find our vacancies by clicking here – It will direct you to the Apprenticeship Vacancies page where you can find out our live vacancies. 

What is I have a compliant about my training?

Davidson Training have a complaints procedure. This can be accessed on this website in the Policies section.