Apprentice FAQs

Here are answers to some of the questions we frequently get asked by aspiring apprentices. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please feel free to get in touch with us on the phone or by email.

Andi Eccles | Coach

Every year we help thousands of individuals get an apprenticeship or upskill in their current role. We understand that deciding whether an apprenticeship is right for you and which type of apprenticeship you'd be most suitable for can be difficult, so we are here to help.

You can always visit us at out head office in Stockport, ring us on 0161 480 8171 or email info@damartraining.com if you have any questions about apprenticeships.

To help get you started, here are some questions we are often asked by the potential apprentices we speak to. You should also take a look at our Apprentice Students page.

An apprenticeship is a combination of training with a real, paid job that allows you to gain relevant qualifications and experience whilst working. Throughout the apprenticeship you will be supported by Damar and your employer to gain the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are required in your current role and in order to progress in your chosen industry. You can find out more about how our apprenticeships work on our Apprentice Students page.

Yes. Apprenticeships are designed for people who are in full-time work (at least 30 hours a week in most cases). If you do not have a job, we can help you find one. Take a look at our Apprenticeship Vacancies page to see what we currently have on offer. If you have a job already, that's great – most employers are very supportive.

You can apply for an apprenticeship with Damar by looking at our vacancies and clicking on the apply button for any that interest you. You need to have a look at the whole job description, including what the day-to-day activities involve, the wage and where the employer is located to make sure that the opportunity is right for you before you apply.

After you've applied for an apprenticeship with Damar, we will contact you by phone to discuss the job role and your application. Provided you are still happy to be put forward for the job and that you meet the eligibility and employer's criteria, we will send your CV to the employer. The employer will typically then shortlist candidates from the CVs that have been submitted and, if you are shortlisted, we will contact you again to organise an interview. Some employers hold assessment days or conduct more than one interview to ensure they are getting the right candidate for the role but we will also stay in regular contact without you throughout the process so that you know what stage you are up to. 

This process can sometimes take a few weeks or even a month or two, depending on the employer's circumstances so don't worry if it seems to be taking a long time. If you're ever not sure, just give our recruitment team a call on 0161 480 8171 and we can give you an update.

It depends on you and what role and apprenticeship you are in or are looking to get into. Most of our apprentice students take between one and two years to complete their qualifications. All apprenticeships must last a minimum of 12 months but some higher and degree level apprenticeships can take three years or more.

Working with your Damar trainer and your employer, you will improve your level of knowledge, skills and understanding of your job role and of the industry that you work in. Most apprenticeships have a wide range of optional content so your qualification can be tailored to suit your needs. In addition to your main apprenticeship qualification, you may also have the opportunity to gain other qualifications such as AAT for accounting, CILEx for law and ILM for management, which will stand you in good stead when developing in your role and applying for further promotions.

The training and assessment takes place during your working hours, but you may need to do some additional work in the evenings or at the weekend, particularly if you are doing a higher apprenticeship or an apprenticeship with significant technical content such as law or accountancy. Apprentices spend at least 20% of their working week in off-the-job training provided by Damar and your employer..

The way in which we deliver our apprenticeships means that you will not need to attend classes or college one day a week. However, in order to develop the knowledge and understanding required for your apprenticeship, you will need to set time aside to study and your employer will support this. Study will take a variety of forms. It will include 1:1 sessions with your Damar coach and subject specialist tutor, online guided learning via our virtual learning environment, Damar OpenLearning, and other online resources, particularly if you need to do functional skills in maths, English or IT as part of your apprenticeship.

People of all ages and educational backgrounds (including graduates) can be eligible to do an apprenticeship. The key point is that the apprenticeship must allow you to acquire substantive new knowledge, skills and behaviours that you need for your job. This means that we need to check that the content of the training is materially different from any prior qualification or previous apprenticeship that you have completed. If you decide to apply for an apprenticeship with Damar, we will always check your eligibility with you.

In addition to meeting eligibility as set out in government rules, the employer may also set criteria that they want the apprentice to meet in order to gain the role, such as having certain A-Level or GCSE grades. You can see what employers are looking for on our Apprenticeship Vacancies page.

Where a contribution to the training cost is required, this is paid by the employer and so, for the apprentice, there is no cost and no student debt, and you will earn a salary from day one. In most cases much of the cost of your training is met by the government. However, your salary will reflect the fact that a significant investment of time and money is being made in your training and development, which is why the minimum apprenticeship wage is set as lower than the national minimum wage.

Yes, all apprentices are paid. The current minimum rate per hour for apprentices aged under 19 or in the first year of an apprenticeship is £4.15 although most of the employers that we work with pay more than this.

Yes. Apprentices have the same rights to holidays as other employees. At a minimum, you're entitled to 5.6 weeks' paid holiday (statutory annual leave) a year. Your 5.6 weeks' statutory annual leave entitlement might include bank holidays, depending on your contract. Many of our employers offer additional leave over and above statutory annual leave.

Having additional learner needs does not prevent you from applying for and doing an apprenticeship. As part of the recruitment process, we will ask you if you have any additional learner needs so that we are aware of any extra support we may need to put in place for you to maximise your chances of being successful and reaching your potential.

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