Apprenticeships equal paid real-life work experience paired with a bank of transferable skills and qualifications that can help you develop 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 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.
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 including:
There are four levels of apprenticeships:
In a Level 2 apprenticeship, the qualifications you receive are equivalent to five GCSEs at grades A-C.
A Level 3 apprenticeship is considered equivalent to gaining two A levels.
Higher apprenticeships come in Levels 4-7, leading to a foundation level degree or above.
Level 6 and 7 apprenticeships lead to either a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
To start an apprenticeship you must be 16 or over and not in full-time education, but keep in mind you can still apply to join a scheme while you are still at school.
With thanks to The Apprenticeship Guide
Updated August 2016