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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 world 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 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.

What entry requirements do apprentices need?

This varies. Some employers require Maths and English GCSE, but others are happy for learners to have, or work towards, Functional Skills in Maths, English and ICT - which we are here to help with. However, the most important requirement is that learners are reliable, keen to learn and able to work with others.

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.

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.

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
  • Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship Standard (Level 2)
  • Lean Manufacturing Operative
  • Team Leading and Supervisor
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