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Apprenticeships: What you need to know and how to apply for the right one for you

Apprenticeships combine on the job training with academic study and are an excellent option for school leavers looking to gain qualifications, experience and skills related to the industry you decide to do an Apprenticeship in. Not only do they offer learning and development opportunities, but you’ll also get paid!

Who can do an Apprenticeship?

Anyone over the age of 16. Whether you’re 16 or 60 there is no age limit as to who can do an Apprenticeship. So not only are they an excellent option to school leavers who are just starting out in the working world, but they are also ideal for people who are looking for a career change.

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You need a job to do an Apprenticeship

To do an Apprenticeship you will need a job that offers at least 30 hours. If you’re using the Careermap website to search for an Apprenticeship you don’t need to worry about finding your own job and training provider or college as we do all that for you.

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If you’re looking to avoid college and the debt associated with university an Apprenticeships could be your answer. Apprenticeships range from intermediate level all the way to degree level and you won’t have to pay a thing. Your employer will cover your tuition fees and pay you at least the minimum wage for an apprentice.

Apprenticeships, Levels and their Equivalencies

An intermediate level Apprenticeship is equivalent to GCSE’s, an advanced Apprenticeship is equivalent to A-Levels, higher Apprenticeships are equivalent to a higher education certificate, higher education diploma or a foundation degree and a degree Apprenticeship is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.

Where will I study?

Study comes in all different shapes and forms and is dependant on the training provider and type of Apprenticeships. You could be expected to travel to college to study or an assessor can come to your workplace.

What type of Apprenticeships can I do?

There are so many Apprenticeships that you can do. From engineering to environmental, agriculture, animal care, energy and utilities, construction, hair and beauty, business, finance, law, childcare, education, health and social care, motor vehicle, manufacturing, digital, media, retail, sports and fitness, hospitality and travel, customer service, telecoms, transport and logistics. These industries also branch out to other roles so there’s guaranteed to be something just right for you.

Apprenticeship Frameworks

There are currently over 200 frameworks available. Frameworks include the following:

  • Game and Wildlife
  • Engineering Manufacturer
  • Security Systems
  • Floristry
  • Rail Services
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Nail Services
  • Professional Services
  • Nuclear Power Plant Operations
  • Trees and Timber
  • Broadcast Technology
  • Signmaking,
    Print and Printed Packaging
  • Water Industry
  • Sustainable Resource
  • Land-based Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Digital Learning Design
  • Fencing
  • Creative and Digital Media
  • Sporting Excellence
  • Mineral Products Technology
  • Legal Services
  • Jewellery Manufacturing
  • Composite Engineering
  • Hospitality
  • Custodial Care
  • Farriery
  • Equine
  • Sport Development
  • Animal Care
  • Rail Infrastructure Engineering
  • Community Safety
  • HM Forces
  • Technical Theatre
  • Events and Promotion
  • Youth Work
  • Design
  • Community Arts
  • Construction
  • Operations and Equality Improvements
  • Funeral Operations
  • Furniture, Furnishings and Interiors
  • Life Science and Chemical Science
  • Travel Services
  • Passenger Carrying Vehicle Driver
  • Policing
  • Glass Industry
  • Playwork
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Process Manufacturing
  • Barbering
  • Hairdressing
  • Beauty Therapy
  • Accounting,
  • Engineering Construction
  • IT, Software, Web & Telecoms
  • IT Application Specialist
  • Higher Apprenticeship in Intelligence Operations
  • Construction Civil Engineering
  • Employment Related Services
  • Photo Imaging
  • Gas Industry
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport
  • Activity Leadership
  • Leisure Operations and Leisure Management
  • Children and Young People’s Workforce
  • Construction Technical
  • Construction Management
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Learning and Development
  • Care Leadership and Management
  • Catering and Professional Chefs
  • Retail
  • Health (Emergency Care Assistance)
  • Health (Optical Retail)
  • Health (Pharmacy Services)
  • Plumbing and Heating
  • Heating and Ventilation
  • Installing ElectroMechanical Systems
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Signal Reception
  • Fundraising
  • Campaigning
  • Volunteer Management
  • Building Services Engineering Technology and Project Management
  • Building Services Engineering Environmental Technology Systems
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
  • Sales & Telesales
  • Marketing
  • Consumer Electrical and Electronic Products
  • Human Resources
  • Public Relations
  • Facilities
  • Social Media and Digital Marketing
  • Recruitment
  • Cleaning Services
  • Management
  • Court, Tribunal and Prosecution Operations
  • Business Administration
  • Contact Centre
  • Project Management
  • Customer Service
  • Property Services
  • Roadside Assistance and Recovery
  • Logistics, Supply Chain Operations
  • Fleet Management
  • Wholesaling,
    Domestic and Commercial Removals
  • Vehicle Fitting, Parts, Sales, Body and Paint, Maintenance and Repair
  • Maritime Occupations
  • Warehousing and Storage
  • Food and Drink
  • Outdoor Programmes
  • Civil Engineering

Apprenticeships are changing

Apprenticeships are changing, by 2020 all apprenticeships will have been replaced with standards. Standards focus on the employer and the apprentice to meet the needs of both through training, qualifications, knowledge, skills, experience and behaviour.

Apprenticeship Standards

244 new Apprenticeship standards have been created and are ready of delivery. A further 282 standards are undergoing developments and will then need to be approved for delivery. Check out the new Apprenticeship standards at the Institute for Apprenticeships website.

What type of employers could I be working for?

There are 1000’s of employers offering Apprenticeships from small companies to large international companies. Depending on the type of Apprenticeship you choose to do you could be working for the likes of Network Rail, Arup, Atkins, TJX Europe, Aggregate, Santander, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, Audi, BMW, KPMG, Kwik Fit, SGN, SSE, National Grid, United Utilities, TalkTalk, Sky, Visa, Fidelity, Deloitte, RBS, EY, PwC, Tesco, Aldi and many more.

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Applying for the right Apprenticeship for you

Applying for the right Apprenticeship for you can be difficult but we’re here to make things much easier. Think about all the things you’re good at and enjoy to help you decide. Also think about whether you’d be more suited to an office environment or whether you’d prefer to be doing physical work or maybe you want to help people by working with children or elderly people.

Thinking about this will narrow down your choices and help you to figure out what you want from your future career. When applying you also need to understand the role and job description to see whether it suits your needs and career ambitions.

Next, it’s time to think about whether you want to work for a big company of smaller company? You might prefer the comfort of a small company or perhaps you’d prefer the buzz of working for a large company.

There’s a lot to consider but we’re sure you’ll find your perfect Apprenticeship match at Careermap. If you can’t find a vacancy suitable near you then simply register your CV online.


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