I want to know more about apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are a great way to learn on the job with an employer, building up knowledge and skills, gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time.
You will spend most of your time in the workplace gaining job-specific skills, but you will also attend a specialist learning provider to build up your knowledge and qualifications.
Apprenticeship training can take between one and four years to complete, but the length of your apprenticeship will depend on its level, the industry you’re training for and the skills you already have.
You must be 16 or over to start an Apprenticeship and there are three levels you can study at:
- Advanced Apprenticeship
- Higher Apprenticeship
Apprenticeships allow you to combine earning money whilst continuing to learn and gain qualifications.
From 2012 all apprentices under 19 or in their first year of an apprenticeship will be paid at least £2.65 per hour and you will receive this for the time you spend working, plus the time spent training so that’s £98 a week. If you’re 19 or over and past your first year you get the rate that applies to your age - check what that is here
Many apprentices earn significantly more, with the average Apprenticeship wage standing at £170 per week.
Who are they for?
Apprenticeships are open to all people aged above 16 years-old - whether you are just leaving school, have just finished college or sixth form or have already been in work. They can lead into full-time work or if you find you enjoy working and studying, you can carry on taking more qualifications and even progress to a degree.
There are no set entry requirements as this depends on the Apprenticeship, however, competition for apprenticeships can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are motivated and committed.
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