FAQs

Q – What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

A – You get a ‘proper’ job so you get paid to learn and you are treated as any other employee in the company.  Benefits include, paid holidays, contract of employment, support from your supervisor (mentor) at work.

Q – How do I get started?

A – You can apply for vacancies directly through our Jobs page on the website, or on the Government Apprenticeship Website. NBC will then arrange for you to come for an interview and initial assessment, before sending your application details to the employer.

Search the jobs www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship – vacancies

The one stop site for apprenticeships – you can key in National Business College to see the range of vacancies – If you don’t see anything you are interested in email NBC for an application form and we will do a job search specially for you – in the area of your choice.

Q – What will I get paid?

A – There is a minimum wage for apprentices determined by the Government but the wage is agreed between the company and the apprentice.

 

Q – Do I need to attend the centre?

A – Many learners attend the centre to work on knowledge for their apprenticeship and also develop ICT skills.  However, if travel is a problem your assessor will organise training in your place of work and arrange for you to move away from your desk initially so you can work on the knowledge.  Later the assessor will want to see you at your desk carrying out your daily tasks in order to assess and record your competence.

Q – How long will it take?

A – Good question – usually the level 2 apprenticeships will take approximately 12 to 15 months and we hope you will progress to a level 3 apprenticeship, this will take approximately 18 to 24 months.  However, this could depend on your existing skills and qualifications.