What is an Apprenticeship?


What is an apprenticeship? An apprenticeship is a job with training. It’s a programme lasting between a year and three years, which is designed to give you the industry experience, professional skills and recognised qualifications you’ll need to have a successful career.

There are three different levels: Foundation Apprenticeship, Apprenticeship and Higher Apprenticeship. Which one is right for you will depend on the kind of career you’re aiming for. But every apprenticeship comes with a national qualification, just like one you’d get at college.

There are 150 different routes on offer, covering everything from bring a teaching assistant to IT management (you can see the full list of our current vacancies here), so finding a role to suit you should be no problem at all.

Some programmes involve on-the-job training, while others include training courses or spending time at college (whether full or part time). It all depends on what you’ll need to learn and what your employer thinks is best. You’ll get details on how the programme breaks down in the vacancy information, or when you apply.

To apply for an apprenticeship, you’ll need to be at least 16. These programmes can be popular, so it’s important you have the best possible application to stand out from the crowd. We can help.

Once you get started, you’ll have plenty of support. At work, you’ll have an experienced mentor (or mentors) to offer advice, help you through any work issues. And to make sure your studies go smoothly, a tutor will visit your workplace regularly to review your work and provide structured training.

When it’s finished, you could be offered the chance of a permanent role with your employer. But even if you’ll be moving on, you’ll have industry experience, real skills and valuable qualification – in other words, everything you need to build a fantastic career.

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