The NAS has a proud history of promoting Apprenticeships within our industry. It is with regret that the planned Annual NAS Apprenticeship Competition 2020/2021 were put on hold. However, we still have some inspirational stories from our Members to share:
- From Apprentice to Director and NAS President by the age of 37, Marc Allen c/o NAS Member Tekne
- From Apprenticeship to Contract Management – c/o NAS Member A.Edmonds & Co.
- Apprenticeships during the Covid-19 Pandemic – c/o NAS Member EE Smith Contracts
Find out more about the Government Apprenticeship Levy.
An apprenticeship is:
- A job with training.
- Open to anyone who is 16 and over.
- An opportunity which has no upper age limit.
- Working alongside experienced staff and gaining job-specific qualifications.
- Your employer will give you tasks to perform, and the training provider will give you the theoretical skills to perform those tasks.
- You are employed and will earn while you learn, so you can gain an industry specific qualification without needing a student loan.
- You are employed full-time (usually between 30-40 hours per week), which includes the time spent with your training provider.
There are different levels of apprenticeships, this means you can choose to enter at a level that is best for you. To progress in your career, you can choose to move onto the next level of an apprenticeship:
- Intermediate level 2 – the equivalent of 5 GCSE passes at grade 9-4 (A*-C) – takes approx. 2 years
- Advanced level 3 – the equivalent of 2 A-level passes, Level 3 Diploma or International Baccalaureate
- Higher levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 – the equivalent of a Foundation Degree and above
- Degree level 6 and 7 – the equivalent of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
Each apprenticeship will have different entry requirements depending on your chosen role and level.
What can I expect to earn as an apprentice?
Wages for apprentices are set by the government and vary by age. Rates change every April. Find more details here.
I’d like to know a bit more about the industry roles that are out there, where do I go?
The NAS recommends Approved Training Provider Didac
Didac can assist with:
- Wood Machinist
- CNC Specialist
- Fitted Furniture Installer
- Customer Service Practitioner
- Supply Chain Warehouse Operative
- Wood Products Manufacturing Operative
- Advanced CNC Technician
- Customer Service Specialist
- Business Administrator
Find an Apprenticeship