What Are Apprenticeships?
If you live in England and are over 16 you can apply for an Apprenticeship. There are various levels of Apprenticeship you can undertake depending on your current skills and qualifications:
Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (Level 2)
Advanced Level Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships (Level 4 or above)
All Apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. You must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices – and many employers pay significantly more.
Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector.
Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by a training organisation, either at the workplace, off-site (perhaps at college) or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace. This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.
To help support businesses create a skilled workforce, the government contributes funding towards the costs of training apprentices.