Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve collated a list of frequently asked questions, take a look below.

What apprenticeships do you offer?

We offer a range of apprenticeships in engineering and business services. Click here for more information.

What grades do I need for an apprenticeship?

This ranges depending on the pathway you would like to go on and the requirements of our employers. We usually look for applicants with GCSE’s of at least a D/3 or above however, all applicants will need to complete a short assessment to ensure we are selecting the right programme for you.

Do I have to be employed to start an apprenticeship?

Yes, however, OTC has a bank of employers with apprenticeship vacancies so we are able to assist you in finding suitable employment. You must be working a minimum of 30 hours per week to be eligible for an apprenticeship position.

How long will it take to be matched with an employer?

We are unable to give a timescale as there are many variables that affect this. Once you have completed the initial assessment stage, we will send your CV to suitable companies. Employers will then select who they would like to interview and from there, who they will employ.

How much will I get paid?

This varies depending on the employer. Some will pay National Minimum Wage (NMW), some above this and some may offer an annual salary. Information on the current NMW for Apprentices can be located by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates

How long does the apprenticeship last?

Minimum duration for any apprenticeship is 12 month. Depending on the programme you are signed up for, the duration varies. Currently, the maximum length of programme for some of our apprenticeships is 42 months (3.5 years).

What happens when I finish my apprenticeship?

Subject to your apprenticeship employment contract, and your overall performance as an employee, you may be offered a full time contract with your employer, a promotion and/or a pay rise. You could also progress onto higher education either with your employer or, if you choose to, via university.

Source: Learners and Apprentices Survey 2018 report.