An apprenticeship is a programme which combines work, learning and earning. They are nationally recognised programmes that have been designed by people who understand the needs of employers.
Apprenticeships are an integrated programme of learning that combines on the job practical skills with off the job underpinning knowledge. They can open doors to a bright new future, they are challenging but rewarding. There are many types of apprenticeships depending on the occupational sector. Apprenticeships train you in the skills of the employment you are seeking.
Apprenticeships are nationally designed work-based training programmes. They offer an important opportunity for learning and development usually at the start of your career. They will provide you with the relevant skills and knowledge whilst gaining experience in your job. It is the first step towards a long-term career, enabling to you to progress in the industry.
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.
The salary is £2.65/hr; however, many apprentices earn significantly more
earn a salary
get paid holidays
learn job-specific skills.
There are now over 190 types of Apprenticeships across many sectors. The right one for you will depend on your interests, your experience and the opportunities in your area. However, all Apprenticeships include the following elements:
An appropriate work-based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at either Level 2 or Level 3;
Functional Skills qualifications, e.g. working in teams, problem-solving, communication and using new technology;
A technical qualification such as a BTEC or City & Guilds (relevant to the specific Apprenticeship);
Other qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular occupation.
Apprenticeships combine work-based learning with NVQ qualifications, Technical Certificates and Functional Skills. You go to work part of the week and to college the rest of the time.
For example you might work:
four days a week and go to college for one day
full-time and take a week out, on a regular basis, to go to college.
Apprentices work with an employer to gain the experience and skills needed to do the job and at the same time get the qualifications to prove they can do it. At the end of the apprenticeship you not only gain an NVQ qualification but also a Technical Certificate and Key Skills Certificates.