Apprenticeships equal paid real-life work experience paired with a bank of transferable skills and qualifications that will lead to a successful career.
An apprenticeship is in essence a full-time job with training. Basically, you’ll work alongside experienced members of staff to learn the exact skills needed for your chosen career. As well as learning on the job, you’ll go to a college or training provider, usually on a day-release basis, to study towards a nationally recognised qualification, such as an NVQ. This gives you the perfect mix of theory and practical learning.
All apprenticeships include the following elements:
Different types of apprenticeships take different amounts of time to complete, depending on the level, sector and employer. Typically, an apprenticeship takes between one and four years to complete.
There are lots of great reasons to do an apprenticeship, but here are the big ones:
There are three levels of apprenticeships:
Working towards work-based qualifications such as a Level 2, competence qualification, as well as functional skills and in most cases a relevant knowledge-based qualification. The qualifications you receive are equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A-C.
You can expect to gain a work-based qualification such as a Level 3 competence qualification as well as functional skills and in most cases a relevant knowledge-based qualification. These qualifications are equivalent to two A levels.
You’ll work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a Level 4 competence qualification and perhaps a learning-based qualification, functional skills and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a foundation degree.
Many advanced apprenticeships offer great educational opportunities, allowing apprentices to walk away with a graduate or event a master’s degree.
To find out more about such opportunities, watch this video of Bethan Murray [new window], an apprentice at Rolls-Royce, talking about her scheme and what it entails at the 2013 IET apprenticeship conference.
Reproduced and edited from The Apprenticeship Guide 2013