What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a combination of training with a real, paid job that allows you to gain relevant qualifications and experience whilst working.
How long will it take?
It depends on you. Most of our students take between one and two years to complete their qualifications. All apprenticeships must last a minimum of 12 months but some higher apprenticeships can take two or three years.
What will I learn?
Working with your Damar trainer, you will improve your level of knowledge, skills and understanding of your job role and of the industry that you work in. Most apprenticeships have a wide range of optional units so your qualification can be tailored to suit your needs.
Will I get paid?
Yes, all apprentices are paid. The current minimum rate per hour for apprentices aged under 19 or in the first year of an apprenticeship is £3.50 (as of June 2017) although many of the employers that we work with pay more than this.
How much work will I have to do?
The training and assessment takes place at work, but you should expect to do some work in the evenings or at the weekend, particularly if you are doing a higher apprenticeship or an apprenticeship with significant technical content such as Law or Accountancy.
Do I need a job?
Yes. Apprenticeships are designed for people who are in full time work (at least 30 hours a week in most cases). If you do not have a job, we can help you find one. If you have a job already, that's great – most employers are very supportive.
Am I eligible?
Funding to support your training is generally only available if you do not have any qualifications higher than A Level. If you are aged 19 or over then your employer will usually need to contribute towards the cost. If you decide to apply for an apprenticeship with Damar, we will always check your eligibility with you.
Is there a cost?
Where a contribution to the training cost is required, this is paid by the employer and so, for the apprentice, there is no cost and no student debt, and you will earn a salary from day one. In most cases much of the cost of your training is met by the Government. However, your salary will reflect the fact that a significant investment of time and money is being made in your training and development.
Are there any restrictions?
Government funding priorities mean that there are more apprenticeship opportunities if you are aged under 24 and don't have qualifications higher than A level. However, apprenticeships are available to all, and some employers will fund or part-fund the cost.
Do I get day release?
The way in which we deliver our apprenticeships means that, in most cases, you will not need day release. However, in order to develop the knowledge and understanding required for your apprenticeship, you will need to set time aside to study and your employer will support this. Study will take a variety of forms. It will include 1:1 sessions with your Damar trainer, online guided learning via our virtual learning environment, Damar Openclass, and other online resources, particularly if you need to do functional skills in maths, English or IT as part of your apprenticeship.
An exception is accountancy. Here, students need two days release for training each month at our training centre in Stockport.
Do I get holidays?
Yes. Apprentices have the same rights to holidays as other employees.
Where can I find out more?
Watch our webinar here for more information.