Learner’s FAQ’S

  1. What is an apprenticeship?
    An apprenticeship is a set of qualifications called a ‘framework’. Many apprenticeship frameworks follow a standard format that is made up of knowledge qualifications, workplace competency and skills in English, Maths and ICT.       
  2. Is an apprenticeship right for me, going forward?
    Absolutely! Not everyone wants to go down the path of University after completing their GCSE’s. Taking on an apprenticeship will allow you to gain a degree level qualification, hands on experience and job specific training, all whilst earning a wage! There’s also no tuition fees to pay and you’ll continue to be treated like a full time employee.    
  3. How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?
    The length of an apprenticeship can vary depending on the qualifications, experience and prior skills you have, as well as the level of apprenticeship you want to take on. On average, YFL Training apprenticeships take between 12-18 months to complete.    
  4. What is the age limit to do an apprenticeship?
    There is no age limit! Many people believe that you are only able to do an apprenticeship between 16-18. However, this is not the case.    
  5. What is the apprenticeship wage?
    While you are working in your apprenticeship, you are entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices. (https://www.gov.uk/become-apprentice/pay-and-conditions) The rate will change when you enter the second year of an apprenticeship, which will be at your employers discretion.    
  6. Is there a cost to me?
    No. All apprenticeship training is completely free and fully funded for the learner.     
  7. How many hours do I have to work?
    You must work at least 30 hours per week in order to pass your apprenticeship.    
  8. Do I need to go to college throughout an apprenticeship?
    No. There is no need to formally attend college with any of our apprenticeship qualifications. All learning is done in the workplace and through unit work with your dedicated assessor.    
  9. Could I start an apprenticeship with my current employer?
    Of course. If you or your employer would like to go down the road of taking an apprenticeship, get in touch! We would endeavour to find the best apprenticeship for you and support you and your employer every step of the way!    
  10. Will I have to take any exams?
    Most of the assessment will be carried out in your workplace, observing you at work and most of the apprenticeship qualifications are coursework based. You may be required to take some tests in functional skills (English, Maths and I.T) and some initial assessments. But, don’t worry, we will support you as best we can and ensure you are well prepared!    
  11. What is an NVQ?
    NVQs are competency-based qualifications meaning they offer proof that you can do a job. NVQs are available in lots of different jobs, from administration to animal care. The qualifications go up to a level 5 so you can start at a level suitable for you and work your way up. National Vocational Qualifications are recognised throughout the UK and are achieved by recording what you do at work