There are a number of different types of apprenticeship, all suitable for different ages and abilities.
There are a variety of apprenticeship opportunities out there. Young Apprenticeships are a vocational enhancement to full time courses of study aimed at 14-16 year olds. Pre-apprenticeships are designed to give additional support and encouragement to young people enabling them to enter apprenticeship training.
Apprenticeships are increasingly being used by young people as a stepping stone to university, often part time and with financial support from their employer whilst they continue to work.
A Young Apprenticeship allows 14 to 16-year-olds to study for vocational qualifications at the beginning of their GCSE options in academic Year 10, not just in the classroom but in college, with a training provider and in the workplace too. Pupils are based in school, and their mainstream education continues as normal, continuing with the statutory core National Curriculum subjects, English, mathematics, ICT and science; but for one or two days a week they also work towards nationally recognised vocational qualifications delivered by their local Young Apprenticeships Partnership. Teachers, experienced employees and trainers share the responsibilities for learning.
Pupils recruited on the Young Apprenticeship Programme:
Apprenticeships and Advanced Apprenticeships are made up of four components: