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About Apprenticeships

Ready to get out into the world, start working and earning a living? Discover the future that’s waiting for you, build valuable skills and get on the path to success. An apprenticeship gives you practical on-the-job experience, essential learning tools and all-important qualifications that will last you a lifetime, wherever tomorrow takes you.

An apprenticeship is a real job. And employers respect them. In fact, they think that apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications. You'll be working alongside experienced people, supporting them and learning from them as you go. Working at least 30 hours a week, you’ll gain most of the training you need in the workplace. But you may also go to a college, training provider, training centre or learn online to gain vital skills and qualifications.

Apprenticeships are now available in more than 170 industries. Respected by employers across the world, an apprenticeship will lead to a national qualification, with a network of support available to give you all the help you need to do well. It’s also in your employers’ interest to help you succeed. And all your training will be designed with your employer. So you can relax in the knowledge that you’re learning the right stuff to get you ahead.

An apprenticeship is a great way to enjoy a successful start in work, and life. As well as learning the skills and gaining the qualifications you want, you’ll also gain confidence and the chance to learn while earning. Every apprenticeship is different, but each one is varied, stimulating and challenging. Discover the apprenticeship that’s right for you.


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Why should I choose an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are a great option for starting your career, particularly as an alternative to university. Apprenticeships offer a great opportunity to complete a qualification that interests you, as well as developing on the job skills to further your career.

How long does an apprenticeship last?

The minimum duration of an Apprenticeship is 12 months. This allows you the time to get your qualification and the industry experience required for your End Point Assessment (final sign off of your apprenticeship). Apprenticeships at a higher level, such as degree apprenticeships can last up to 6 years, you’ll have a lot more coursework! Apprenticeships also tend to last longer in industries such as law or building surveying if you’re working towards chartered status and qualifications.

What is apprenticeship training?

To find out about apprenticeships you need to know all about the training that goes into the qualification. As an apprentice, you’ll spend 20% of your training working towards a qualification that you can apply to your day job. It depends on your provider and employer on what you’ll be doing, you could study at work, at home or go to college or university to get your qualification. Some apprenticeships even involve you spending weeks away at a time doing block release!

What types of apprenticeships are there?

  • Level 2 - Intermediate Apprenticeships – The equivalent to getting 5 GCSEs A*-C
  • Level 3 – Advanced Apprenticeships – The equivalent of L3 BTECs at College or A-Levels
  • Level 4, 5, 6 - Higher Apprenticeship – These are equivalent to the different levels at university. Level 4 is first year, level 5 is second year and level 6 is final year.
  • Level 6 – Degree Apprenticeship – This is the equivalent to getting a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Level 7 – Professional Apprenticeship – This is the equivalent of a Master’s degree.

Who can do an apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are suitable for anybody at any age, although most people think they are just for school and college leavers. Whether you’re looking to start your career after school or university or you want to change your career route – apprenticeships are for everyone! Many employers even put their current members of staff on Apprenticeships to help them develop, this includes anything from management to engineering qualifications so they learn the latest techniques!

What’s after an apprenticeship?

What you choose to do after your apprenticeship is really up to you – there is lots of options! Many employers will ask you to stay after your apprenticeship as you already know the ins and outs of the business – often this comes with a pay rise too! When you complete your apprenticeship, you can choose to move to another organisation, or even move onto a higher-level course to further develop your skills.

Once you’ve started your apprenticeship you don’t have to stay in employment, you still have the option to go to University or even to go on a gap year!

When do apprenticeships start?

Apprenticeships start throughout the year, so there are always opportunities available. If you want to find an apprenticeship you just have to search them online!

Bigger companies who recruit apprentices do have key hiring periods. These tend to be January, March and September however you should check employer websites to be sure about each employer, as they’re all different.

Progression in an apprenticeship

Opportunities for progression in an apprenticeship can be very vast, particularly with bigger organisations but also with small ones. This is because as you progress in your training and with the employer you can get more responsibility. Often, with taking more responsibility will also mean increments. You can also progress through the levels of apprenticeships, so you could start at an intermediate apprenticeship and work up to getting your degree!

Some organisations also do rotations within the company which will give you understanding of lots of business areas. This makes progression a lot easier as you really understand the entirety of the business you work in.

Do I choose where I work?

Applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for any other job so you can choose exactly where you want to work. You can sometimes also choose who you want to do your training with as an apprentice!

What is a training provider?

A training provider is the organisation who will be providing your training throughout your apprenticeship. You might go into your training provider to do your qualification, or they might go to your workplace to see you. Training providers can also be Universities and Colleges, but these might not be referred to in the same way.

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FAQs

A traineeship is a short-term training programme, aimed at getting you ‘work ready’. They’re designed to give you basic training in English and Maths. And valuable work experience too. They help to build your CV and to gain confidence so you’re ready to find the apprenticeship you want.

An apprenticeship is a real job. You'll be working alongside experienced people, supporting them and learning from them as you go. Working at least 30 hours a week, you’ll gain most of the training you need in the workplace. But you may also go to a college, training provider, training centre or learn online to gain vital skills and qualifications.

You don’t need to worry about funding your training; the employer and the government cover the cost.

Traineeships are short term and are about building your skills and gaining work experience and are usually un-paid. For an apprenticeship working hours are around 30 per week and you will get paid an hourly wage. Wages vary depending on the level and type of apprenticeship, but must be at least the minimum apprenticeship wage. In some job roles your wage may increase as you progress and take on more responsibility. You will also get the same benefits as an employee including a holiday allowance.

There are 6 apprenticeship qualification levels. Intermediate Level 2, Advanced Level 3, Higher Level 4, 5 & 6.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16, living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the level, sector and job. Check out the vacancy details for more specific entry requirements.

If you have a degree you can still apply for an apprenticeship, but you will not be eligible for any funding which means your employer will have to pay for your training. Some apprenticeships, such as higher apprenticeships require mature learners, so look out for these.

Unfortunately to be eligible for any apprenticeship funding you must have lived in the UK for 3 years. You could search for other job opportunities on the a DirectGov website.

An apprenticeship is a work-based qualification. Training and assessment can vary depending on the training provider. Some training may be completed on-site, or in a training centre. Some providers even offer online distance learning. Throughout your training you will need to build an apprenticeship portfolio as evidence of your training and work experience. Technical certificates will usually require a theory or practical assessment. Check out the training provider profile pages for more specific information on training.

Apprenticeship training varies across the different sectors, but they take on average 12 to18 months to complete. You must be committed to completing the whole programme. Once you have completed your first qualification you may then wish to progress to the next level apprenticeship.

As an apprentice you are just like any other employees in the business and are entitled to the same basic benefits, such as holiday pay. You should get at least 20 days paid holiday plus Bank Holidays.

Yes, training is part of your apprenticeship and there will be some days where you may need to take a day away from work for training with your provider.

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