Frequently Asked Apprenticeship Questions

Are you wondering what makes our British Engines Apprenticeship+ scheme different? Here are some frequently asked questions.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships combine on the job training and classroom learning. The British Engines Apprenticeship+ scheme works to a five day week, with one day at college. The four year scheme provides apprentices with transferable skills as well as three Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) qualifications: Level 2 Certificate in Engineering Operations, Level 3 Diploma in Machining and Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing.

Does an apprentice get paid?

Yes! A British Engines Apprenticeship+ apprentice will receive a full apprenticeship wage for the five days, including the day at college. Apprentices also receive other British Engines benefits. This includes a company pension, holiday pay and benefits through our digital employee benefits platform, BE Rewards, including a cycle to work scheme, retailer discounts, car scheme and cashback.

Does an apprenticeship class as full-time education?

An apprenticeship is essentially a full time job with a study or training element. Apprentices will receive a qualification at the end of the apprenticeship. During the Apprenticeship+ scheme, apprentices work 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday and spend one day per week at college.

Does an apprentice pay tax?

Apprentices are employees and it is a common misconception that they do not have to pay tax. All apprentices are taxed on the appropriate tax rate and pay through the pay as you earn (PAYE) system, which includes income tax and national insurance contributions (NICs).