What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a fantastic way to develop the knowledge and experience to take the first steps in a career. Apprentices are employed in a genuine job which is accompanied by a programme of skills development and assessments. It is an opportunity for individuals to earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge in a specific job role and boosting the skills of the workforce, benefiting both employers and individuals.
How do apprenticeships work?
An apprentice must spend 20% of their working week on off-the-job training. However, it may be more than this if further training is needed in maths or English. This training is delivered in a range of ways, including regular day release, block release and special training days or workshops, all designed to reinforce practical, work-based learning with technical and theoretical learning. Off-the-job activities and learning increase the apprentice's skills, competence and their ability to perform within their workplace.
Who can be an apprentice?
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
• 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
• Living in England
• Not in full-time education
Do I have to be employed?
Yes, you need to be employed to complete an Apprenticeship.
How do I find an employer?
See our latest vacancies here. Alternatively, you can talk to people and organisations directly.
How much will I earn?
How many hours am I expected to work a week?
We recommend at least 30 hours including attending classes in College.
Am I entitled to holidays?
Yes, at least 28 days a year (based on working 5 days per week and including bank holidays).
There are plenty of opportunities to progress your skills – and your career. You could progress from a Level 2 Apprenticeship to a Level 3 Apprenticeship to higher education such as a foundation degree or HNC/HND.