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What is an Apprenticeship?

It is a job with training. Being an apprentice means that you have a job that includes gaining recognised qualifications and essential skills whilst you are working and earning a wage.

There are three types of Apprenticeships:

  • Foundation Apprenticeship

  • Apprenticeship

  • Higher Apprenticeship

There are three different types because different jobs need different levels of qualifications, some higher than others. When you look at the vacancies you will see the different levels and what they include.

How long do they last?

They normally last between two and three years. This can depend on the type of apprenticeship and the level of qualification you are working towards.

What would I learn?

This depends on the job you are training for. There are 150 different apprenticeship routes available. Every apprentice follows a programme of study that is approved. That means that you will gain a recognised qualification.

By the end of your apprenticeship you will have the qualifications, skills and experience which match exactly what your employer wants. It also makes you far more employable when you want or need to move on.

Where would I train?

This will depend on what you are doing. Your employer will decide how they want you to be trained to do their work. These are some of the ways apprentices are trained:

  • On the job

  • At college which could be full-time or part-time

  • At a training centre which you could attend once a week or in blocks of a few days or weeks

What is certain is that you will have training but how, how often, when and where will be up to your new employer. You will be given information on this when you go through the application or you should ask for details at your interview.

What could I do?

There are over 150 different jobs.  In the past apprenticeships were generally in trades like construction and engineering but now they are in any type of work.  Have a look at the vacancies there are lots of options and opportunities.  You can look at all vacancies or filter them by type of work or area that you live.

What will I get paid?

This is up to your employer but remember while you are learning you may not always be very productive for them and may spend lots of time out on training. There is a national minimum wage for apprentices

How do I find Apprenticeships?

Follow this link for Apprenticeships. This is the Apprenticeship Matching Service.  Register so that you do not miss out on any opportunities.  You can look at all the vacancies, just the ones in your area or just at the type of jobs you are interested in.

Many apprenticeships will be advertised on this site but some will not and it could be that you could convince an employer to take you on as an apprentice. 

Call 0800 028 4844 for help and advice.

Find out more about job seeking here.

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