Apprenticeships are an exciting route for individuals of all ages (16+) and abilities, offering a uniquely valuable opportunity to gain in-work experience, develop industry specific skills and achieve a recognised qualification. Apprentices receive the majority of their training in the work environment whilst being supported by a training provider to achieve qualifications. There are four levels of apprenticeship available: Intermediate, Advanced, Higher or Degree, and can take between one and four years to complete. Many prestigious companies, both large and small, offer apprenticeships across a wide range of industries.
To start an apprenticeship you must be 16 or over and not in full time education.
All apprentices must be paid the national minimum wage (£3.50 for under 19 and first year apprenticeships) however many employers pay more than this.
Intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2; equivalent to five good GCSE passes)
Provides you with the skills and qualifications for your chosen career and allow entry (if desired) to an Advanced Apprenticeship. To be accepted you need to be enthusiastic, keen to learn and have a reasonable standard of education.
Advanced apprenticeship (Level 3; equivalent to two A-level passes)
To start this programme you should have five GCSEs (grade A*-C or equivalent) or have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship. This will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need for your career and allow entry (if desired) to a Higher Apprenticeship or degree level qualification.
Higher and degree level apprenticeship
Higher and degree apprenticeships are great options for individuals who want to achieve a higher education qualification whilst earning a salary and gaining skills and experience. Higher apprenticeships lead to higher education-level qualifications, for example, HNDs and foundation degrees, whereas Degree apprenticeships lead to either a full bachelor’s or master’s degree. Higher and degree apprenticeships can take anywhere between four to six years to complete. Entry requirements vary programme to programme and depend on the learner’s existing skills, grades, work experience, and performance at interview. Tuition fees are paid by the employer and the government so there is no need to take out a university loan.
- For more detailed up to date information on apprenticeships please visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk
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Traineeships are designed to prepare students for a future career, by helping them to get ready for the world of work and improving their chances of getting an Apprenticeship or other job.
Traineeships last anything from six weeks to a maximum of six months and can include:
• Work preparation training.
• English and Maths support (except people who already have an A*- C in these subjects) to provide the literacy and numeracy skills needed for the workplace.
• Meaningful work experience which provides insight and experience of the world of work and makes students more attractive to potential employers.
1. Some traineeship opportunities are advertised regularly on Find a Traineeship on GOV.UK.
2. Additionally, contact your local college or training provider to see if they are offering traineeship opportunities.
3. If you are in receipt of benefits you should speak to your Jobcentre Plus adviser.