Apprentice FAQs

Why choose an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. You will get to experience new and different challenges, whilst learning at your own pace. An apprenticeship can offer better job security, and skills and knowledge, which can be used across a range of jobs and industries.

What types of Apprenticeship vacancies are available at Manchester International College?

We work with a variety of businesses around the UK. Some of these include Business Administration, Customer Service, Employment and Related Services, Health and Social Care, Sports, IT, Management and Team Leading.

How long does the Apprenticeship last for?

An Apprenticeship delivered by Manchester International College will last a minimum of 12 months. You will then be given the option to complete an advanced Apprenticeship that would last for an additional 12 months.

How is an Apprenticeship delivered?

An Apprenticeship is a competence based qualification that recognises your skills in your job. Once you start on an Apprenticeship you will have an assessor is will visit you on a monthly basis and assess you in the workplace using a variety of methods including:

    • Work place observations
    • Question and answer sessions (discussing tasks that you complete on a daily basis)
    • Professional discussions (One to ones with the assessor to discuss your job role)
    • Evidence collecting (You will collect evidence of tasks you complete)

How many hours will I work?

As an apprentice you can work up to 37.5 hours per week

How and when will I be paid?

You will be paid directly into your bank account on a weekly or monthly basis.

How much do I get paid?

As of October 2013 the minimum an apprentice can earn is £2.68 per hour (£100.05p based on a 37 1/2 hour week.) We encourage all of our employers to pay that little bit more or at least review this as you make progress on your Apprenticeship.

Am I entitled to holidays?

Like any employee you are entitled to a minimum of 20 days paid holiday annually and typically you will accrue these as you work. In addition to the 20 days you will also receive 8 Bank Holidays.

How long does it take before I am offered an Apprenticeship?

If you are successful, on our Assessment Centre, you are typically introduced to jobs that same week. We aim to send you on interviews within two weeks, and generally you will start your apprenticeship within four weeks.

Will I receive any additional support during my Apprenticeship?

Absolutely! When you start your apprenticeship with us, you will be allocated your own Assessor and Mentor who will support you throughout the programme.

Am I entitled to our student perks?

Of course! As an apprentice you will still be entitled to receive student discounts and promotions through the NUS. If you would like more information on this, please speak to one of the Manchester International College Team.

What should I do if I am having problems at work?

If for some reason you are unhappy, don’t hold it back. Your Assessor is there to support you throughout your apprenticeship. Let them know what the problem is and they will do all they can to assist you.

What happens when I complete my Apprenticeship?

On completion of your Apprenticeship, you will have gained valuable experience in the workplace and up to two NVQ qualifications that will help you to progress in your chosen career. With hard work and dedication, there is also the possibility of being offered full time employment within your organisation, where you can further your training and development.

What are the career prospects like for me when I have completed my Apprenticeship?

On average, people holding a Level 2 Apprenticeship earn £78,000 more over their lifetime than those without. People with an advanced Level 3 Apprenticeship earn over £100,000 more than those without.


It can be difficult to answer everything. If you do have any further questions please feel free to speak to any of the Manchester International Team by phone on 0161 870 5750 or alternatively by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Last Updated:

 Tuesday, 07 August 2018 17:40