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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.

Q&A
How old does an apprentice need to be?

If someone is aged 16 and above, they can become an apprentice.

Apprenticeships have changed a huge amount over this last decade or so and there are so many opportunities for people of all ages. They’re no longer just for school leavers.

Someone may have gone to university and decided it’s not for them, or they may be a mature worker who’s ready for a change; apprenticeships certainly aren’t just for people aged between 19 and 23!

Instead, they’re an ideal way for people to continue learning throughout life as they can now progress all the way up to degree level apprenticeships.

Why should someone become an apprentice?

Helping people gain all the skills needed to succeed in their career, an apprenticeship gives real insight into a chosen industry – and apprentices get paid!

The key benefits:

  • Gain valuable workplace skills and experience.
  • Work in a real job for a real employer.
  • Paid a salary and have a contract of employment.
  • Achieve an apprenticeship recognised by employers.
  • Get support from colleagues and training organisation.
  • It’s a carer pathway that helps people achieve your goals.
  • It’s something for the CV to show skills, achievements and work experience.

There are more perks. For instance, apprentices are also entitled to a National Union of Students (NUS) Apprentice Extra Card, giving them discounts at more than 120 shops and online sites.

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.
What makes a good apprentice?

Being an apprentice is the same as working as an employee in a business. There are different skills and attributes that each company will be looking for in candidates which will also be linked to job role. An ability to fit in, as well as personality, will go a long way to determining whether a candidate is right for an apprenticeship vacancy.

Apprenticeships have moved on a lot in the last decade or so. If a candidate has the drive and determination to succeed – and they’d like to earn a wage while working towards a rewarding, lifelong career – they’re likely to be a good apprenticeship candidate.

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.

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92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.
Apprenticeships we deliver....
  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Healthcare Support Services
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Team Leading and Supervisor
  • Warehousing and Storage
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