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What is an Apprenticeship?

With the recent rise of Apprenticeships more and more school leavers are seeking an alternative route to university and Apprenticeships are a major hit.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship combines on the job training with classroom-based learning while studying towards a nationally recognised qualification and gaining the skills you need to fulfill your job requirements.

Who can do an Apprenticeship?

You must be over 16 to begin an Apprenticeship, you’ll also need to be eligible to work in the UK and not in full-time education.

An Apprenticeship is an excellent alternative to university without the expensive price tag. You won’t pay anything, it’ll actually be you that’s getting paid to learn. It sounds too good to be true but honestly, it’s true with no strings attached. Apprenticeships allow you to gain practical experience with formal theoretical learning.

As an apprentice, you’ll also gain confidence, build character and employability skills setting you up for a bright and successful future.

New frameworks are constantly being introduced and current frameworks are evolving making Apprenticeships a very appealing option. Apprenticeship industries can range anywhere from construction and engineering to hair and beauty to business or even a solicitor!

There are plenty of benefits to an Apprenticeship, you can:

  • Earn a salary
  • Receive paid holidays
  • Be paid while attending training
  • Gain qualifications
  • Potentially be able to progress to higher level Apprenticeships (Level 4 +)

Gaining a qualification via an Apprenticeship will involve completing the following:

  • Written exams
  • Interviews/Oral Assessments
  • Production/a Showpiece
  • Observed practice in the workplace

What level of Apprenticeships are there?

What level of Apprenticeship you decide to study depends on your current qualifications. You can study the following levels of Apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate (Level 2) – These are equivalent to GCSEs.
  • Advanced (Level 3) – Equivalent to A Levels.
  • Higher (Level 4/5) – Equivalent to a foundation degree.
  • Degree (Level 6/7) – Equivalent to masters or bachelor degrees.

What can an Apprenticeship lead to?

An Apprenticeship can open many career routes and opportunities. It can lead you to wherever you want to be. You might decide you want to progress to a higher level Apprenticeship and continue learning to expand your knowledge or you might decide to find a full-time job – after all, you are qualified now with industry experience. Some employers may also decide to keep you on once your Apprenticeship is over but remember this isn’t guaranteed.

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