Get or move on from an apprenticeship

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Apprenticeships are a great way to learn. You gain work experience and qualifications, develop knowledge and skills and earn a wage at the same time.

As an Apprentice you will  spend most of your time in the workplace, gaining job-specific skills as you work. Apprentices also get off the job training, usually on a day-release basis, where they work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Apprenticeship training can take between one and four years to complete and the length of the apprenticeship will depend on its level, the industry and your exisiting level of skills.

There are three levels you can study at:

  • Apprenticeship (Level 2)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship(Level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 and above)

From 2012 all apprentices in their first year of an apprenticeship will be paid at least £2.65 per hour and you will receive this for the time you spend working, plus the time spent training - so that’s £98 a week. When you move into your second year you get the rate that applies to your age - check what that is here.

BUT Many apprentices earn significantly more - the average Apprenticeship wage is £170 per week.


Who are they for?

Apprenticeships are open to people of all ages and all backgrounds - you might have finished college, be looking for work or already in work. If you find you enjoy working and studying, you can carry on taking more qualifications and even progress to a degree.

There are no set entry requirements as this depends on the Apprenticeship, however, competition for apprenticeships can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are motivated and committed.