Information for Parents of Apprentices
We appreciate that it can be difficult understanding the options for your child when it comes to post 16 further education. The great thing about an Apprenticeship is that it offers the chance to learn on the job, get paid and get that all important work experience that will kick start a successful career. We strongly believe that our Apprenticeship programme is one of the best in the country and our current team members can prove it! The information below is intended to provide you with helpful information about how an apprenticeship works and exactly what your child will get out of an Apprenticeship at NALC.
What is an Apprenticeship and how does it work?
All of our Apprentices are employed by NALC Auctions and will undertake a work-based programme lasting 12-15 months matched to a variety of jobs in our auction houses. Our Apprenticeships are a great way to learn on the job, get hands-on experience and develop the skills that will enable apprentices to progress up to supervisory and management levels.
We offer a range of Apprenticeships for all aspects of our business from……………….. through to managers. Most of our entry level Apprenticeships are at Level 2, which equates to 5 GSCES. As they progress into Team Leaders and Assistant Managers / Managers we move into Level 3, which is the equivalent to 2 A Levels. Then lastly there is our specialist Level 4 course, which is aimed at developing our Senior Management Team members, which is a foundation degree equivalent. This therefore offers an alternative route to university rather than incurring expensive university costs and loans.
The majority of training is delivered in the workplace and your child will be assigned a dedicated Trainer who will take them through the course. This involves regular 4-6 weekly face to face visits to prepare for assignments, undertake observations and ultimately provide a sounding board for questions and queries about the course. We also use an eLearning platform, which has lots of engaging content including You Tube style videos and doubles up as a social media platform where people on the same course can share ideas and ask questions about their qualification. There won’t be lots of paperwork and in most cases the training won’t be delivered in a classroom setting.
Our apprentices work an average of 30-35 hours per week, just like a typical NALC employee. In order to be enrolled on an Apprenticeship they must work more than 16 hours including evenings / weekends, however they may be required to work more hours during busier periods, such as auction events and promotional fares. When starting work at NALC all employees have a probationary period of 12 weeks, however, when we recruit a new apprentice, we sign them onto their Apprenticeship within 2 weeks of their start date. Apprentices pay generally starts at the National Minimum Wage (not the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage) for their age, in line with our normal pay rates.
The biggest thing that we’re looking for is commitment, passion and enthusiasm with a can-do attitude, so previous qualifications are not a necessity to be successful for an apprentice position. Functional Skills are part of the apprenticeship, so if you’re child hasn’t got a GCSE in English or Maths, then this is a great way to get them on their CV.
If my child is between 16-17 and not attending school, do they need to be on an apprenticeship?
The current legislation is that a young person must stay in some form of education or training, such as an Apprenticeship, until their 18th birthday. We are very much aware of the challenges that many of our apprentice’s face when they transition from recently leaving school or college and for many starting their first job. Young Persons (16-17) are specifically prohibited from particular tasks and use of equipment to ensure their safety in the workplace. All of our Managers are made aware of this, and we ensure that we protect Young Persons within the workplace. There are strict guidelines and policies in place to ensure the safety of apprentices /workers between the ages of 16-17 including carrying out a risk assessment for each person under the age of 18 years.