Q: What are Apprenticeships?

A: An Apprenticeship is the training of a skill or trade, which can be the building blocks for a career or simply a way to gain better qualifications. It is a learning system that allows learners to gain a qualification whilst in a full-time, paid working job gaining experience.

Q: Who are they for?

A: Primarily, they are aimed at young people leaving school that are looking to make footsteps towards their career. However, depending on the training provider and the employer, any individual that has lived in the UK for more than 3 years (from EU) and does not have a degree is entitled to an Apprenticeship.

Q: How much do they cost?

A: Possibly the best part of Apprenticeships is that they are government funded which means they are entirely free for you, the learner. This doesn’t mean that you receive the funding directly; it is the training provider that obtains the funding from the government to teach you.

Q: How much would I earn?

A: This depends entirely on the company that employs the apprentice. The minimum wage is £2.60 an hour, which companies may choose to increase as your skills develop. Although not a full-paid salary, you do gain a qualification and experience for free.

Q: What types of Apprenticeships are there?

A: There are lots of different types of Apprenticeships available. So much so, that you may be surprised to find one that suits you and your career ambitions, no matter how specialised it is. For more information and a list of sectors that are known to offer Apprenticeship schemes, please click here.

Q: What are the levels equivalent to?

A: There are two main levels of Apprenticeships:

Intermediate Apprenticeship: This covers level 1 and 2, and is equivalent to GCSE’s.

Advanced Apprenticeship: This is at level 3 which is compared to 2 A-level passes.

However, there are also level 4 and 5 Apprenticeships. These are called Higher Apprenticeships and are compared to degree level.

Q: What can I expect from my Apprenticeship?

A: When you complete an Apprenticeship, you don’t just receive a qualification, you get so much more. Two of the main attributes employers look for when recruiting are qualifications and experience. Both can be gained at the same time through an Apprenticeship. Furthermore, unlike other qualifications at the same level, you are able to earn money, have paid holidays and potentially a mentor that will be able to give you guidance.

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