If you’re new to Apprenticeships, here’s some essential information
1 – Apprentices train on the job, working with an employer to pick up the skills they need for their chosen career.
2 – As an Apprentice you study (either at college or online) to gain nationally-recognised qualifications.
3 – Apprentices are paid for their work. The amount varies: the minimum is currently £3.50 / hour if you’re 16-18 (or 18 and in the first year of an Apprenticeship), but it can be much more than that.
4 – Apprentices work at least 30 hours a week.
5 – You receive 20 days of paid holiday, plus bank holidays.
6 – You get an NUS card, just like any other student, which entitles you to cheaper travel and discounts in various stores.
7 – Since May 2010, 2.7 million people have started an apprenticeship.
8 – Apprenticeships are becoming more popular. In 2014/15 there were 499,900 apprenticeship starts in England, much more than the year before.
9 – More women take up apprenticeships than men.
10 – Forget all that old-fashioned stereotyping of Apprenticeships as only being good for learning a trade. The most popular Apprenticeship sector is Business, Finance and Law; second is Health, Public Services and Care.
11 – Nine out of ten Apprentices say they are satisfied with their Apprenticeship.
12 – You might earn more. On average, Higher Apprentices earn £100,000 more over their lifetime than those with Level Three vocational qualifications.
13 – You can also get a Degree Apprenticeship. They do just what they say on the tin: you get a degree (a Bachelors or Masters, depending on the level you go for) via the Apprenticeship route. Except all your costs are paid for. That’s right – a fee-free degree.
14 – No student loan required! You earn as you learn on an Apprenticeship, and your employer covers your training costs.
15 – Major employers hire Apprentices, including the BBC, Barclays, IBM and Google.
16 – Apprenticeships are available at three levels: Intermediate, Advanced and Higher. Intermediate Apprenticeships are equivalent to five GCSEs A*-C; Advanced Apprenticeships are equivalent to two A Levels; and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships are equivalent to university-level study.
17 – Employers offer apprenticeships in more than 170 industries, with some 1500 job roles available. You could train to be anything from an accountant to a youth worker, an engineer to a veterinary nurse.
18 – Anyone over 16, living in England and not in full time education can apply to be an Apprentice.
19 – If you’re not quite ready for an Apprenticeship yet, a Traineeship can help you get the skills and experience you need. Visit traineeships.apprenticeships.org.uk to find out more.
20 – Apprenticeships last for at least a year and can continue for up to five years.
– Search for Apprenticeships near you at careermap.co.uk
– Find out more at traineeships.apprenticeships.org.uk