An apprenticeship is a tough but rewarding option. Apprentices have to maintain a full time job, go to college, and learn new skills in the workplace, as well as working with colleagues and college staff to build a portfolio of evidence to prove they are competent in their chosen field.
As an apprentice, you will benefit from:
Apprentices are paid a minimum of £80 a week by their employer who will also contribute to their learning and the assessment of skills in the work place. The government and the European Social Fund fund apprenticeships so apprentices and employers do not have to pay for the training programme.
To apply for an Apprenticeship Programme you will need to be in employment. If you have been in work for a while already - the experience and skills you have gained so far may count towards your qualification. Funding is currently available for 16-18 years olds and may also be available to learners aged up to the age of 24.
Employers are looking for committed, enthusiastic people to become part of their organisations so you will need to show these qualities to get on the programme.
You will normally spend one day a week in college and four days at work, although college attendance may be less depending on the occupational area. Apprentices will study and complete:
Download a list of colleges with apprenticeship training.
When you have achieved your Apprenticeship Programme, providing you are in a suitable job role, you can progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship and from there, on to Higher Education within the work place by completing a Foundation Degree.
For further information contact the National Apprenticeships help line on 0800 015 0600.