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What is an apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with real training where you can learn marketable skills and gain qualifications recognised throughout your chosen industry. Apprenticeships are open to people who are not in full time education and typically last 12 months.

Aren't Apprenticeships just for people who don't do well in school?

Not at all, getting an Apprenticeship is about getting a job and starting your career. However, as an Apprentice you will be combining a full time job with a programme of study; you need to be organised and dedicated if you are going to successfully balance the elements. 

When can you start an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships start throughout the year and are open to anyone who is over the age of 16 and has completed secondary education. Even 30 and 40 year olds apply for Apprenticeships!

 
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When do I get paid?

You will be paid on the 21st of every month, straight into your bank account.

Will there be homework?

Yes. Alongside learning on the job, you will be revising for exams and will be expected to do some additional reading or writing outside of working hours. This, however, is not aimed to be too time consuming and you will still have time to go out and spend your well-earned cash!

What areas of the businesses take on Apprentices?

You can choose from a wide variety of different specialities, and whether you prefer the great outdoors or a role that requires organisation and great interpersonal skills, we have something to suit you. Teams that take on Apprentices include: Marketing, Gardens, Rural Management, Maintenance, Operations, Game, Retail and the Bottling Plant.

Will my Apprenticeship guarantee me a job at Blenheim Palace?

Apprenticeships are designed to prepare you for a career. If there is a position available at Blenheim Palace you would be welcome to apply, but otherwise your training should leave you fully prepared to go into work at another employer.

Can you do a degree, then get an Apprenticeship?

Potentially, yes. You may be eligible for Government funding if you progress onto a higher or degree Apprenticeship at level 6 or 7, as long as you are starting a new role which is markedly different, in terms of subject, to your degree.

How much do I get paid?

We appreciate that every Apprentice is an asset to Blenheim Palace, and we pay a competitive rate. Everyone is expected to work a 35-hour week, and days typically start at 09.00 and finish at 17.00, with an hour for lunch.

Do I get holiday?

You will be be entitled to the same holiday scheme as the rest of the business, so you won't miss out.

Do I pay tax and National Insurance?

Yes, you will be on our payroll and be treated the same way as the rest of our staff. You'll be one of the team!

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