Printer Friendly

EARN WHILE YOU LEARN; IN the second ECHO feature for GCSE week, CLAIRE STOKER looks at modern apprenticeships.

Byline: CLAIRE STOKER

MODERN apprenticeships offer the chance to do real work and earn a wage while getting respected qualifications to give you the start you need in your chosen career.

Many organisations offer modern apprenticeships, from painting and decorating to the civil service.

Greater Merseyside Learning and Skills Council, GMLSC, run the scheme in this area and they are responsible for 12,000 modern apprenticeships. Penny Pallett, of GMLSC, said: ``Modern apprenticeships have been developed for 16 to 24-year-olds who have left full-time education or are already in employment.

``They are nationally recognised programmes designed by industry to equip young people with practical skills for work.''

There are two levels of modern apprenticeship available depending on experience and ability, the foundation or advanced.

The foundation lasts for at least 12 months and apprentices study for a national vocational qualification, NVQ, at level two, a relevant Key Skills and where available, a technical certificate.

Foundation apprenticeships will either be employed and receiving a wage or be on work placement where they receive a weekly allowance.

Young people on advanced apprenticeships will be in full-time employment and earning an appropriate salary. They take at least two years to achieve with NVQ level three, Key Skills and technical certificate.

The cost of training is funded by the GMLSC but Ms Pallett explained: ``The employer must pay employed modern apprenticeships an acceptable wage.''

Useful websiteswww.realworkrealpay.info www.learndirect.co.uk www.connexions.gov.uk
COPYRIGHT 2003 MGN Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2003 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 19, 2003
Words:242
Previous Article:My plumb job.
Next Article:Sex attack ordeal of woman,53.


Related Articles
PUPILS PREPARE FOR THEIR GCSE RESULTS; Time for students to consider the options.
Exams over but still more to learn.
DAVID'S A TOP APPRENTICE i.
MakeYOURchoice about the future . . .
Another two years may be top choice.
Apprentice puts on winning style.
Young hairdresser has winning style.
Nina is truly the model employee!
Maxsi-mising his career prospects.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2021 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters