A-Z of Apprenticeships
An Apprenticeship is a paid job which also gets you properly qualified for the career you want. It is one of the options available to school leavers and other individuals who want to earn whilst they learn.
- On an Apprenticeship, you are employed and follow a training programme which gives you the skills to do your job to industry standards.
- Training is a mix of on-the-job skills practice and classroom learning. Throughout your Apprenticeship, you will be supported by a college or training organisation, and a workplace mentor.
- An Apprenticeship lasts a minimum of 12 months. Many apprentices stay on with their employer once they have completed their training. Chances of long term employment are much higher when apprentices work hard and make the best impression.
- Apprenticeships are a proven route into successful, well paid employment and as your career develops, you can progress onto higher or degree Apprenticeships which are equivalent to university level education.
Why choose an Apprenticeship?
- It’s a paid job – you can start earning!
- You’ll get proper skills and qualifications that employers want
- Opens great opportunities to progress – both in your career and into higher level training
- Train at a pace that suits you
- Paid holidays just like other employees
- Gives you increased earning potential
There are a wide range of Apprenticeships available, in almost every sector of industry.
What levels are there?
There are different levels of Apprenticeships as outlined below:
- Intermediate – Level 2 (equivalent to 5 GCSE passes at grades 9-4 (A* to C)
- Advanced – Level 3 (equivalent to 2 A level passes)
- Higher – Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7 (equivalent to Foundation degree and above)
- Degree – Levels 6 and 7 (equivalent to Bachelor’s or master’s degree)
Because Apprenticeships are real jobs, entry requirements will vary depending on the employer’s requirements. If necessary, Apprenticeship training providers can help prepare individuals to reach the levels required by the employer before they go for interview.
This could be by providing a place on a Traineeship to those who aren’t quite ready for an Apprenticeship. This allows individuals to get help with things like Maths and English, and gain work experience before applying for an Apprenticeship.