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Apprenticeships are a great way to gain training, skills and experience in the workplace whilst also earning money along the way...whether you're new to the world of work or already in employment. There’s an apprenticeship for every industry and job role, and it’s also now possible to progress to a degree-level apprenticeship.

An apprenticeship helps you gain all the skills you need to succeed in your career and gives you real insight and experience into your industry and job role. What’s more you get paid and you gain a nationally recognised apprenticeship to add to your CV.

*Existing staff who begin an apprenticeship will obviously retain their current salary, terms and conditions.

The key benefits:

  • You gain valuable workplace skills and experience.
  • You work in a real job for a real employer.
  • You are paid a salary and have a contract of employment*
  • You achieve an apprenticeship recognised by employers.
  • You get support from your colleagues and training organisation.
  • It’s a career pathway that helps you achieve your goals.
  • It’s something for your CV to show skills, achievements and work experience.

Once you’ve finished your apprenticeship, you’ll be a much better position to progress in your career and your skills and experience can help you to work your way up the career ladder and achieve your ambitions. You may even decide to progress to embark on a degree-level apprenticeship and continue your learning.

You’ll also be pleased to know that many apprentices receive a pay rise after completing their apprenticeship!

If you need some help producing your CV and applying for an apprenticeship, please get in touch with your your local YH centre

   

Q&A
Why should I become an apprentice?

Helping you gain all the skills you need to succeed in your career, an apprenticeship gives you real insight into your chosen industry – and you’ll get paid!

The key benefits:

  • You gain valuable workplace skills and experience.
  • You work in a real job for a real employer.
  • You are paid a salary and have a contract of employment.
  • You achieve an apprenticeship recognised by employers.
  • You get support from your colleagues and training organisation.
  • It’s a carer pathway that helps you achieve your goals.
  • It’s something for your CV to show skills, achievements and work experience.

There are more perks. For instance, you’ll also be entitled to a National Union of Students (NUS) Apprentice Extra Card, giving you discounts at more than 120 shops and online sites – result!’

How old do you need to be?

If you’re aged 16 and above, you 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, so don’t be put off if you’re a mature candidate.

You may have gone to university and decided it’s not for you, or you 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 you to continue learning throughout your life as you can now progress all the way up to degree level apprenticeships.

Why not just get a job?

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

Your qualification and experience gained will be based on the skills and knowledge that you require for the job you’re doing – and you can progress further up the career ladder while taking home a wage at the end of the week or month.

Also, with an apprenticeship you’ll set yourself up for the future – apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training.

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. Your ability to fit in, as well as your personality, will go a long way to determining whether you’re right for an apprenticeship vacancy.

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

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, your ability and the industry sector. An Intermediate Level 2 apprenticeship usually takes 12 to 18 months to complete, whereas an Advanced Level 3 takes around 24 months.

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97% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved.
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"When I left college I was unsure of what I wanted to do and I didn't want to go to University for the sake of going, so instead of applying for University I decide to apply for apprenticeships and I'm happy with that decision."

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Apprenticeships we deliver....
  • Accountancy
  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Junior Estate Agent Apprenticeship Standard (Level 2)
  • Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Team Leading and Supervisor
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92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.
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