Archive for May, 2015

Considering becoming an apprentice?


Being an apprentice is the opportunity to combine employment and training. This means getting on-the-job experience while you learn. Apprentices also receive training off-the-job and can work towards nationally recognised qualifications. If you were at college or university, you wouldn’t get paid a salary while you were learning. If you are an apprentice you receive a weekly wage  and even get paid holidays. That’s some of the benefits of becoming and apprentice. There are many more.

To start an apprenticeship you need to be living in England and not in full-time education. Your apprenticeship can take from one to four years to complete. The length of your training depends on the exciting career you choose.

It will include some or all of the following elements:

An appropriate work-based qualification such as an NVQ at either level 2 or level 3

Either Key Skills e.g working in a team, problem solving, communication and using new technology or Functional Skills e.g Maths and English qualifications

A technical qualification such as a BTEC or a City & Guilds

Need more information? Read our FAQ section for more answers. Check out our vacancy section to find your dream role.

You can also talk to our team who are focused on helping you find your apprenticeship and making you happy on 0151 285 3830.

Are you aged 24 years plus and want to engage in further study or training?

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The 24+ Advanced Learning Loan is a government scheme that is easy to apply for, doesn’t take your household income into account and doesn’t involve a credit check. The loan facility is a great opportunity to up-skill or gain a new qualification.

Here are some of the key facts about the loan:

Repayments are linked to what you earn and not how much you borrowed.

You only have to start making repayments when you’ve finished your course and you’re earning over £21,000 a year (which is £1,750 a month). Until then you don’t need to pay back anything, however you can make voluntary repayments at any time.

Once you earn over this amount you pay back 9% of the earnings you receive above this figure. For example, if you earn £22,000 a year, your monthly repayment will be £7 a month; and if you earn £35,000 a year, it will be £105 per month. Interest is charged on a sliding scale between the Retail Price Index (RPI) and RPI +3%. The interest paid depends on how much you earn.

For more information on the loans and how to apply contact Geason Training on 0330 088 9596 or fill an enquiry form here. As your training provider we will help you complete the documentation required to fund your qualification with a 24+ Advanced Learning Loan.

To find out what courses we have available click here.