What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is when an individual works and learns at the same time. As an apprentice, you will be working in a real job where you will be employed by a company, have a contract of employment, get paid a salary and be entitled to all of the statutory benefits such as holiday and sick pay. At the end of your apprenticeship you will gain a qualification alongside great experience and knowledge.
Who is an apprenticeship for?
Apprenticeships can be a suitable option for anyone. You will probably be surprised to learn that you can achieve a full HND Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a degree apprenticeship, so it’s worth doing your research to see if you can achieve your career goal by following the apprenticeship pathway.
What kind of apprenticeships are there?
There are apprenticeships available at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels. These cover more than 1,500 job roles across 170 industries, from Nursing to Graphic Design, Horticulture to Electric Vehicle Engineering, Advertising to Nuclear Decommissioning. You could start an apprenticeship at any age, as long as you are aged 16 and have completed year 11. Apprenticeships start throughout the year and you can be an apprentice at any working age – even in your 30s, 40s etc.