Q: AM I CLASSED AS A STUDENT?
A: From our perspective, you’re a full time employee and will be treated as such. However, please talk with your college about the additional benefits associated with student status.
Q: ARE TRAVEL EXPENSES COVERED FOR INDUCTION WEEK?
A: No, as the venue is classed as your place of work. However, Wolverhampton Apprentices are an exception to this rule during induction week as they will not be at their home college during this time.
Q: IS ACCOMMODATION PROVIDED OR SUPPORTED?
A: One of the colleges has halls of residence. In addition we have an accommodation officer in place that can provide support.
Q: WHAT DO I DO DURING COLLEGE CLOSURE TIMES?
A: If you don’t have appropriate holiday days accumulated, you’ll have a placement with your home department.
Q: CAN I CHOOSE MY PATHWAY?
A: We’ll give you an opportunity to state your preferences after outlining your options. Our team then establish the best fit between your aspirations and our business needs. However, if the majority want a certain route we balance this with the business needs that the cohort has been hired for. This means that you may not get your first choice. If we have to choose who gets which position, the people with the highest Assessment Centre score will get the first choices.
Q: CAN MY QUALIFICATIONS BE COUNTED TOWARDS MY APPRENTICESHIP AND REDUCE THE TIME I NEED TO QUALIFY?
A: Yes. If there’s a sufficient match between your previous qualifications, we’ll look at prior learning accreditation against the pathway you’re aligned to.
Q: WHEN WILL I KNOW WHICH SITE I’LL BE BASED AT?
A: That will be an outcome of the pathway you’re aligned to, and will be decided during induction week.
Q: IF I DO NOT OBTAIN THE REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, CAN YOU KEEP THE OFFER OPEN FOR ME NEXT YEAR?
A: Unfortunately due to the high number of applications this is not possible. However, if you have progressed through our recruitment process we would strongly recommend you consider re-applying the following year provided you expect to acquire the necessary qualifications.
Q: CAN I APPLY TO THE DEGREE APPRENTICE PROGRAMME AT ANY POINT OR AS I COMPLETE THE ADVANCED PROGRAMME?
A: Upon completion of an Advanced Apprenticeship you could discuss this option with your line manager. However the Advanced Programme is not designed as a stepping stone into the Degree Apprenticeship Programme.
Q: CAN I GO TO MY LOCAL COLLEGE?
A: You cannot choose your college as we have built up strong relationships with our learning providers who are focused on meeting our business needs.
Q: HOW CAN I MOVE UP THE PAY GRADES?
A: You will be assessed periodically throughout your Apprenticeship. If you meet the target criteria you will enjoy incremental increases every 6 months. This will be explained in further detail in your induction.
Q: AM I GUARANTEED A JOB AT THE END OF THE SCHEME?
A: We can’t guarantee you a job. Various factors will be taken into consideration, including your performance on the scheme. However, over the last seven years all of our apprentices have been given an opportunity on completion of their apprenticeship and have taken up positions in the company.