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Find out more about apprenticeships and how they can help your students and the people you're working with to achieve their potential and grow.

Apprenticeships are a great route for entering the word of work and gaining training, skills and experience in the workplace whilst also earning money along the way.

There’s an apprenticeship for every industry and job that a candidate is interested in, and it’s also now possible to progress to a degree-level apprenticeship.

  

Below are just a few of the questions we’ve answered but if you click to read more, then you’ll see that there are lots of questions about apprenticeships answered right here on our website.

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What are apprenticeships?

An apprenticeship helps people to gain all the skills they need to succeed in their career and offers real insight and experience into their chosen industry and job role. What’s more, apprentices get paid and gain a nationally recognised apprenticeship to add to their CV.

There are apprenticeships for over 170 industries and 1500 job roles, so there are plenty of opportunities to consider.

Are there different levels of apprenticeship?

There are different levels of apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2) - apprentices gain the equivalent of five GCSEs at grades A-C.
  • Advanced apprenticeship (Level 3) - apprentices gain the equivalent of two A-Levels.
  • Higher apprentices (Level 4-5) – apprentices gain the equivalent of a Foundation Degree.
  • Degree apprenticeship (Levels 6-7) – apprentices gain a degree-level apprenticeship, helping to build the high-level technical skills needed for the jobs of the future.
How long does it take to complete an apprenticeship?

Lasting a minimum of 12 months, apprenticeships can take up to four years to complete. It depends on the level of the apprenticeship, the ability of the apprentice and the industry sector. An intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2) usually takes 12 to 18 months to complete, whereas an advanced apprenticeship (Level 3) takes around 24 months.

Why not just get a job?

An apprenticeship offers lots of additional benefits to simply having a job – but in short, it allows people to earn while you learn!

The qualification and experience gained will be based on the skills and knowledge that are required for the job someone is doing – and people can progress further up the career ladder while taking home a wage at the end of the week or month.

Also, with an apprenticeship people will set themselves up for the future – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training.

How do apprentices do their training if they’re working?

There are different ways to complete the training that forms part of an apprenticeship and every apprenticeship is different but usually includes:

  • On-the-job training: developing skills in the workplace by working with colleagues who will show apprentices how to carry out certain tasks – either in formal, structured sessions or informal and unplanned learning.
  • Off-the-job training: learning and developing skills and knowledge away from the apprentice’s place of work. Apprentices might need to access a computer to do some online learning or go to one of our training centres where they can learn in a classroom or workshop.
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92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.
Apprenticeships we deliver....
  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Team Leading and Supervisor
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