Frequently Asked Questions

Does Springboard offer Apprenticeships?
Yes we do. Please see our Training section for more information on the vocational areas we cover.

Do I have to be a certain age?
Unfortunately there are age restrictions on some of our courses. Apprenticeships are free to anyone aged between 16 and 24. If you are aged 24 and over, you may be eligible for the forthcoming 24+ Advanced Learning Loan to cover tuition fees. If you are between 16 and 18 you can do Excelr8 training. If you are over 25 there are a range of programmes for you whether you are in a job or unemployed. Many of these courses are free depending on your previous experience. Please see each vocational area within the Training section for more information.

Do I get paid?
If you are an apprentice you will receive an apprenticeship wage. If you are on the study programme or a Traineeship you will receive an attendance allowance of £16 per week: you may also be eligible for a bursary to cover your travel and lunch, see below.

What about EMA?
EMA is no longer available. It has been replaced by a bursary payment scheme of  £7.80 towards travel expenses and £2.41 towards your lunch (subject to eligibilty). If you are a care leaver or on income support you could receive up to £30 per week. Please contact us for further information.

Are there different types of Apprenticeship?
Yes each apprenticeship has its own framework which has a number of qualifications built into it depending on its vocational area and whether it is level intermediate, advanced or higher levels. Typically an apprenticeship framework will include a technical certificate, a competence based qualification and Functional skills. Some frameworks also ask for other qualifications such as first aid or food hygiene certificates.

How do I know which level I am at?
Staff at Springboard will help you decide on the level of qualification you will take.

Who will help me?
You will have a named Springboard staff member who will help you throughout your programme whichever it is.

How long does an apprenticeship take?
The time taken to complete an apprenticeship will depend on your individual ability and your employer’s requirements. All apprenticeships must last at least 12 months.

How will I learn?
Springboard staff will help you gain the underpinning knowledge you need to complete your tasks at work. Your employer will also help you learn during the time you are at work, putting into practice what you have learnt in theory.

Will I do day release?
Generally apprentices do day release, but it depends on both yours and your employer’s needs. Springboard staff visit you in the workplace to carry out some of the training and assessment needed to complete your qualifications.

Can I get help with my English and maths?
Yes we will help to decide exactly what you need to improve and how to do it. Trained staff will be on hand to teach and support you through this.

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