What is an Apprenticeship?
Earn a wage and gain work experience
As an apprentice you will be working for an employer, learning from your colleagues. The employer pays your wages. How much you earn depends on the employer (the wage for the position should be stated on the Apprenticeship vacancy advert).
As part of your Apprenticeship you will gain nationally recognised vocational qualifications like a QCF Certificate or Diploma (these have replaced NVQs). Care Training East Midlands (CTEM) looks after your training. Your CTEM assessor will visit your workplace to complete observations. You will also complete some off-the-job training.
Who are Apprenticeships for?
Our Apprenticeships are for 16–24 year olds who have the right to work in the UK. An apprentice can be a new employee or someone who has already started in a suitable job.
Do I need to pay course fees?
As long as you have access to public funds the Government will pay all or part of the course fees. The exception is if you have a degree; graduates can do an Apprenticeship but won’t be eligible for any funding.
- If you are aged 16, 17 or 18 you can get funding to cover all the course fees (so you won’t have to pay a thing).
- If you are 19–24 years old you can get funding for part of the course fees. Find out how much it will cost »
How long does it take?
Our Apprenticeships take about a year, but we will work around you.
What can an Apprenticeship lead to?
Whether you are taken on as a permanent employee after your Apprenticeship is up to the employer, but research by the National Apprenticeship Service found that on average apprentices earn over £100,000 more throughout their lifetime than other employees. You can also use Apprenticeships on University applications.
What discounts are available to apprentices?
Apprentices training with Care Training East Midlands (CTEM) are eligible to apply for the NUS Apprentice extra card. This card provides you with discounts and offers at various high street shops and online retailers. Find out more about NUS Apprentice extra »
For the first three months of your Apprenticeship you’re eligible for a Travel Discount Card, which offers people 50% off most National Rail journeys. This could help you to travel to your employer or training provider until your first wage packet comes in. Find out more about Travel Discount Cards »
What training is available?
Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
Includes Level 2 qualifications. For those who are supervised while they work.
Advanced Level Apprenticeships
Includes Level 3 qualifications. Requires you to have added responsibilities such as planning your own activities or supervising others.
How do I apply for an Apprenticeship?
The first step to starting an Apprenticeship is finding an employer to take you on.
I already have a suitable job
If you already have an employer and would like to start training in your current place of work click here to find out how to enrol.