Why should I choose one?
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 do they 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 Appreticeships 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 to apprenticeships
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.