Completing the transition from school or college into the world of work or making a career change is a pretty big move. Whether it’s your son or daughter, friend, colleague or pupil they will need your support to ensure they are making the choice that’s right for their future.
To be able to give you the best advice, we think it’s important to give you a little background on apprenticeships; what they are, how they work and why they are so great. So kick back, relax and let us share our knowledge with you.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship offers an alternative route to continue education whilst also gaining on the job practical experience and earning a competitive salary. In other words ‘learn while you earn’. Let’s face it, who doesn’t like the sound of no student loans, no tuition fees and no debt!
Apprenticeships enable young people to kick start their career by gaining nationally recognised qualifications and hands on industry focused experience. There is no cost to the apprentice, as Virgin Media fund programme.
There is no age limit for completing an apprenticeship so wherever you are in your career; an apprenticeship can make a big difference. At Virgin Media we are #alwayslearning and invest in our employees to help people grow, check out Ryan’s story!
Why choose an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships combine practical training in a real job with study. An apprentice will:
- Work alongside experienced staff
- Gain job-specific skills
- Study towards a relevant industry recognised qualification
For the full list of perks offered to all our apprentices visit our benefits page.
Learning & Education
The different training and qualifications on offer vary depending on which apprenticeship scheme the individual chooses to apply for.
Here at Virgin Media we offer apprenticeships ranging from intermediate right the way through to degree apprenticeships, so there’s an apprenticeship to suit everyone!
As part of completing an apprenticeship a minimum of 20% will be off the job training. This may be carried out weekly or in large blocks depending on each the scheme’s structure. This will allow time to complete academic tasks and create the body of evidence required to complete the chosen award or qualification.
Each of our apprenticeship schemes are uniquely designed, and offer a structured programme that ensures our apprentices learn the skills they need to do their job and we guarantee to support them throughout their apprenticeship through regular feedback reviews.
Being an Employer Provider
At Virgin Media, we are a registered training provider which means we can deliver our own apprenticeships . As we provide education, we have to be Ofsted inspected, and we have been categorised as a grade 2 – ‘Good’ ensuring that:
- A very high proportion of apprentices achieve their qualifications by their planned end date.
- All learners develop good occupational and employability skills.
- All apprentice programmes are very well managed and meet the needs of learners and employers extremely well.
The apprenticeships we offer prepare our apprentices to have learning agility..
We believe learning shouldn’t stop when the apprenticeship does and at Virgin Media we have an extensive range of additional learning available.
Click here to find out what some of our post-programme apprentices are up to now.