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Do you want to gain a nationally recognised qualification? Without staying in full-time education?
Do you want to work full-time and undertake a learning programme based in the workplace?
Are you looking for a route into the hospitality industry? Or want to enhance your existing career?
Do you want to feel part of the regular workforce and add to the overall productivity and success of the department and organisation?
Do you want to gain the skills and knowledge through on-the-job training, online learning and class-room sessions?
If you are thinking about a career in the housekeeping industry in the United Kingdom, you should think about:
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You are not sure if an apprenticeship is the right choice for you. Don’t worry, we have posted some really useful information below. This will give you a good overview of (housekeeping) apprenticeships.
Check out this interesting panel discussion outlining the career opportunities available to trained individuals:
What’s an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances you should be employed from day one. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice, you’ll work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and get holiday pay, and be given time for study related to your role (the equivalent of one day a week).
What levels are there?
All apprenticeships include elements of on the job and off the job training, leading to industry recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships also require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice’s ability and competence in their job role.
There are a number of levels:
Intermediate which is a level 2 and is equivalent with 5 GCSE passes at grade A*– C or 9 – 4,
Advanced which is level 3 and is equivalent with 2 A level passes/Level 3 Diploma/ International Baccalaureate,
Higher wich are level 4, 5, 6 and 7 equivalent to a Foundation degree and above , and
Degree which is a level 6 and 7 and has the equivalent educational level of a Bachelor’s or master’s degree.
What can I earn?
There is national minimum wage (NMW) for apprentices, which is published here. The apprentice NMW applies to apprentices aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices aged 25 and over, and not in the first year of their apprenticeship, will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage. This is the legal minimum pay per hour, most receive more. The Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2016 estimated the average gross hourly pay received by apprentices in Great Britain was £6.70 an hour for level 2 and 3 apprentices which is equivalent to nearly £14,000 per year.
What’s in it for me?
There are a number of benefits to you: as an apprentice you earn a real wage, you will be trained in the skills employers want, which will enable you to set yourself up for the future. Apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training, and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.
What are the entry requirements?
Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. The National Apprenticeship Service is committed to ensuring that high quality apprenticeships are a prestigious option, accessible to all people from all backgrounds. There will be different entry requirements depending on the industry, job role and apprenticeship level. Recent changes to the minimum English and maths requirements now mean that people with a learning difficulty or disability can now access a level 2 intermediate apprenticeship as long as they can achieve an entry level 3 qualification during their apprenticeship. A Disability Confident Employer will generally offer an interview to any applicant that declares they have a disability and meets the minimum criteria as defined by the employer.
How many hours per week should I be working?
The minimum duration of each apprenticeship is based on the apprentice working 30 hours a week or more, including any off-the-job training you undertake.’ However, this does not apply in every circumstance. For example, people with caring responsibilities or people with a disability may work reduced weekly hours. Where this is the case, the duration of the apprenticeship will be extended to take account of this. The time spent on off-the-job training should be at least 20% and should be included as part of your hours. Your employer must allow you time to complete your apprenticeship within your working hours. If you need support with English and maths this should also be within working hours.
Where do I look for an apprenticeship?
You can ‘get in and go far’ with an apprenticeship at some of Britain’s biggest and brightest companies. With so many opportunities on offer, there are several ways you can find the apprenticeship that is right for you. More information, including videos of current apprentices, is available at getingofar.gov.uk.
If you are looking for housekeeping apprenticeships, check out the vacancies listed here in hsk-knowledge.com. You can search and apply for vacancies on Find an apprenticeship on GOV.UK. Once you register on Find an apprenticeship, you can set up email and text alerts about new apprenticeship vacancies that may interest you. If you would like to view more information on a selection of well-known employers you can visit the vacancy snapshot at amazingapprenticeships.com. It displays a range of employer fact files outlining the types of apprenticeship vacancies available at these companies across the year. If you have a specific interest in a certain employer, it is also worth going direct to their recruitment site.
What is the role of my training provider?
Your training provider has a key role to play in providing off-the-job training, assessing your progress towards achieving your qualifications and supporting you generally during your apprenticeship. They work very closely with your employer to ensure that you receive:
an induction programme on starting,
a detailed training plan (including on-the-job training),
regular progress reviews,
opportunities to put into practice off-the-job learning so that you can achieve your qualifications/requirements of the apprenticeship, and
mentoring and general support throughout your apprenticeship.
This will all be documented in a commitment statement that is part of the Apprenticeship Agreement. This is an individual learning plan that your provider, your employer and you will all sign up to. You can find out more about learner satisfaction with training organisations and colleges by accessing the learner satisfaction survey results on the FE Choices pages of GOV.UK.
The information above is based on the GOV.UK’s Guide to Apprenticeships.
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