- 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 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).
- What next?
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.