As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices’ ability and the industry sector. The minimum salary is £3.30 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.
Who are they for?
Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16years-old whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not taking part in full-time education.
At Westbury there are some personal attributes we look for in our apprenticeships; one being work ethic, the main being a passion for children and their care. However competition for places can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company - after all the children are our priority. You also need to be happy to work as both part of a team and individually, and be able to use your own initiative.
As an employee you will be in employment for most of your time as most training takes place on the job. The rest usually takes place at a local college or a specialist training organisation. You can complete this off-the-job training on day release or over a number of days in a block. The amount of time you spend varies according to your Apprenticeship. It could be anything from one day every other fortnight to two days every week. So all the things you study will be useful in your job and help you succeed in your future career.
Volunteering is an excellent way to build up practical knowledge. Whether you want to volunteer alongside training for qualifications or just because you love children we are happy to offer placements to suitable candidates.