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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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How can an apprentice progress afterwards?

Once an apprentice has finished their apprenticeship, they’ll be a much better position to progress in their career. With an apprenticeship under their belt, they can use this experience to work their way up the career ladder and achieve their ambitions. Apprentices may even decide to progress to embark on a degree-level apprenticeship and continue their learning.

Many apprentices receive a pay rise after completing their apprenticeship.

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.

What will an apprentice be paid?

Every employer offering an apprenticeship vacancy will decide what they want to pay their apprentices and this information will be set out in the job description. Like all jobs, salaries vary depending on job role, location, the sector it’s in and how much responsibility an apprentice is given.

However, there’s a National Minimum Wage for apprentices under 19 or in their first year of an apprenticeship. If an apprentice is aged 19 or over and past the first year of their apprenticeship, they’ll be entitled to the National Minimum Wage rate that applies to their age.

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 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.

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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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