An apprenticeship could be for you if you know which area of work you want to get into and are ready to go out into the work place. As an apprentice most of your time would be spent with your employer but you’d also spend regular time at a college or training provider centre gaining additional knowledge and skills. It’s a very practical “hands on” way of learning. During your Apprenticeship you’d work towards a range of work related qualifications.
As an apprentice you’d earn a minimum of £2.65 per hour. This amount is usually a starting point. Your pay may rise as your skills and ability to do your job increases.
There are Apprenticeships available in many different industries. Nationally there are over 200 types of Apprenticeship available so there’s plenty of choice. There are three levels of Apprenticeship available:
- Intermediate Level Apprenticeships – level 2
- Advanced Level Apprenticeships– level 3
- Higher Apprenticeships – level 4 (usually taken at 18+)
There are not set entry requirements but some Apprenticeships may ask for certain grades. Apprenticeships usually last between one and three years, though some can take longer. The length of yours would depend on the type and level of Apprenticeship, your ability and your employer’s needs.
The Apprenticeship that’s right for you will depend on your interests, ability, level of qualifications and what’s available locally. The National Apprenticeship website can tell you all you need to about Apprenticeships. You can use the Apprenticeship Vacancy Matching System on the website to search and apply for vacancies.