Who are they for?
There may be different entry requirements for Apprenticeships depending on the occupational sector. You just need to be living in England, an EU citizen and not taking part in full-time education.
Apprenticeships are open to all age groups (above 16yrs) whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career.
Competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed, and be aware of your responsibilities to both yourself and the company who would employ you.
You also need to be happy to work as both part of a team and individually, and be able to use your own initiative.
Do be aware that if you have a degree or other qualification at level 4 or above you will not be eligible for funding to complete an apprenticeship and would be asked to pay between £3000-£8000 to complete a course depending on what level it was at.
What do I get out of it?
There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship.
Doing an Apprenticeship means you can earn while you learn and learn in a way that is best suited to you – learning through hands on experience on the job.
The immediate benefit is that you are being paid to study and gain work experience. If you compare this to people in full time college courses or at university it is a huge benefit.
Research shows that apprentices earn, on average, over £100,000 more throughout their lifetime than other employees. Your career doesn’t have to stop at the Advanced Apprenticeship, if you want to go on to University you will find many institutes of Higher Education value your skills and knowledge and will happily offer you a place on a Foundation Degree or other higher level qualifications.
Support during training
Your employer or training provider will make sure you have a mentor. Their job is to ensure that your training fits your personal requirements, offers the skills needed for the job and satisfies national standards. They will also be there to help you through any difficult times.
You will also receive support from your college assessor who will work with you throughout the period of your apprenticeship to ensure that meet the requirements of the course.
Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding. Because Apprenticeships train you in the skills employers want, they give you choices in your career. When you’ve ﬁnished you can carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university.
A choice of industries and employers
Apprenticeships have been developed by a wide range of industry sectors and are available with different types of employers from large national companies such as British Gas, BMW and Orange to smaller local companies.
There are now apprenticeships covering over 1400 job roles. The right one for you will depend on your interests, your experience and the opportunities in your area. However, all Apprenticeships include the following elements:
- An appropriate work-based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at Level 2 or Level 3 or above;
- Functional Skill qualifications ensuring you have a minimum required level of English and maths;
And many include:
- A technical qualification such as a BTEC or City & Guilds award (relevant to the specific Apprenticeship);
- Other qualifications or requirements as specified by the particular occupation.