FAQs

Do I need to pay tuition fees?

If you’re aged 19+ and are doing an Apprenticeship then there could be a fee for your Apprenticeship which your Employer will pay.  

We offer a lot of courses for unemployed adults and if you are claiming benefits then these are free.

How do I get to the SkillCentre?

We offer a free minibus service that runs from a number of locations across Greater Manchester to help to get to the SkillCentre.

The government is ‘Raising the Participation Age’. Does an Apprenticeship or Pre-Apprenticeship at The Skills Company count as staying in education or training?

Yes, all our Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships meet the requirements of the Raising the Participation Age (RPA) Law, which requires young people to remain in education until the age of 18.

How do I apply for an Apprenticeship, Traineeship or course?

There are a number of different way to apply to us:

Website: On the website find the Apprenticeship, Traineeship or Pre-Apprenticeship you would like to apply for.  You can create an account and will be asked for a username and password. Once you have completed the registration details you’ll be able to apply.  The great thing about setting up an account is you can track all your applications and save your searches.  If you don’t want to set up an account don’t worry, you can simply fill in your personal details and hit apply.  

Phone: If you’d prefer not to apply online you can call the Recruitment Team on 0161 233 2656 and speak to an Advisor who will be happy to take an application over the phone.

Will I have a Skills Company interview for my Apprenticeship, Traineeship or Pre-Apprenticeship course?  What will it be like?

All of our Apprenticeships and some of our Traineeships and Pre-Apprenticeship courses require an initial interview.  This is nothing you need worry about, it’s a chance for you and for us to make sure you are applying for the right opportunity.  We’ll check your qualifications, find out why you made your application and provide you with lots of information to help you on your way. 

It’s important that you think carefully about your goals and interests, and about your reasons for choosing your Apprenticeship, Traineeship or course.  We would also advise you to think about the questions you might want to ask us!  You will probably have a one-to-one interview, but there may also be group information sessions.  For some courses you may be asked to complete an assessment, but don’t worry we’ll give you all information and tell you exactly what will happen.  Your interview with us is your chance to make a positive impression, so arrive on time and come suitably prepared and dressed.

When can I start? 

For an Apprenticeship or Traineeship our employers recruit all year round, so you can start throughout the year.

Unlike a college most of our courses don’t just start in September; we have a number of different start dates thoughout the year.  However, if you are interested in one of our courses that starts only in September we’ll let you know this in plenty of time. 

How do I get to the GM SkillCentre?

To help you get to the GM SkillCentre in Trafford Park we offer a free minibus service that runs from a number of locations across Greater Manchester.

How long will my Apprenticeship last?

The length of an Apprenticeship varies, depending on your existing skills, the qualifications you are working towards, and the sector it is in. Generally, it will take between one and four years

What holidays will I get as an Apprentice?

Like most other employees, apprentices will be given at least 20 days paid holiday per year as well as bank holidays. 

When I’m working towards my apprenticeship how many hours a week will I work?

All apprentices work full-time, between 30 and 40 hours per week.

How much is an apprentice paid?

All employed apprentices are paid a salary directly by the employer.  The average apprentice earns around £9,000 per annum.  Depending on your chosen industry and employer you may earn less than this or more if you’re working towards an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship.  The current ‘Apprentice National Minimum Wage’ works out to just over £5,500 per annum for a 40 hour week.  Most employers pay much more, with some apprentices earning £15,000 per year.

Where will I train?

Most apprentices attend some off-the-job training at one our training centres or partner colleges and this might be day release or a block of training all together.  Some apprentices may complete all of their training in the workplace.

What is the role of the employer?

When you start your job, your employer will give you an induction into the company and explain your role. They’ll provide your on-the-job training and pay your wages. You’ll have a manager at work who will be responsible for helping you throughout your training.

What happens when I’ve finished my Apprenticeship?

Career progression is excellent for apprentices and over the course of their careers, those with an Apprenticeship earn, on average, £100,000 more than other employees. Once you have completed your Apprenticeship, there’s the opportunity to carry on working, get promoted or go on to Higher Education with us or another provider.

What is a Traineeship?

A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience, designed to give you the skills and experience that employers are looking for. 

How will a Traineeship help me progress?

A Traineeship is designed around you. It will give you a good starting point from which to build your career.  Your Traineeship will put you in a better position to compete for an Apprenticeship or another job.

Will I be paid?

You will receive a weekly training allowance of up to £40 per week and help towards your travel costs.

Who can apply for a Traineeship?

To do a Traineeship you have to be aged between 16 and 24 years old and cannot have a Level 3 qualification. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t got any qualifications, or if you didn’t get the grades you expected from school, we’ll have a course or programme to suit you