How to spot a fake apprenticeship

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There are some apprenticeship schemes out there which, believe it or not, are fake. Employers are bringing in young workers and labelling them as apprentices, however, these learners are then finishing their ‘course’ with part (if any) qualifications and no real adequate learning or experience. We want to make sure you know how to spot a fake apprenticeship, so we’ve listed some points to look out for below:

  • Technical knowledge and practical knowledge – a real apprenticeship will include a healthy mix of both.
  • A mixture of workplace learning and formal off-the-job training – an apprenticeship will require an assessor who will do formal training with you outside of your daily routine and you’ll be required to complete coursework for them.
  • Working at least 30 hours a week – except in exceptional circumstances where the industry cannot permit it (in which case the minimum is 16 hours with a prolonged apprenticeship course to make up the hours).
  • An apprenticeship agreement – a written agreement between the employer and the apprentice which is signed by both parties.
  • Minimum wage – employers must pay you the minimum wage for apprentices which is £3.40 if you’re 19 (or under or 19 and in your first year of apprenticeship). However, some employers may offer more.
  • An official qualification – at the end of your apprenticeship, you should receive an official government certificate to state that you have completed a course in that subject.

If you’re worried about whether an apprenticeship role you’ve seen is genuine, then make sure you do some research. Read a description of the apprenticeship being advertised to make sure it’s the real deal and find out what training provider the company uses. You could also get a second opinion on any contracts you’re given to ensure that they include all the points mentioned above!

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