What is an Apprenticeship?
If you are keen to continue learning, alongside working, then you might consider doing an apprenticeship. An Apprenticeship is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go. If you live in England and over 16 you can apply. They take between one and five years to complete and cover more than 1,500 job roles in a wide range of industries, from things like engineering to financial advice, veterinary nursing to accountancy, policing to cybersecurity. In recent years there has been a significant growth in Degree Apprenticeships in a whole range of specialisms such as Web Developer, Trainee Solicitor, Management, Contruction Site management, Aeronautical Engineering, Software Engineering, etc. Competiton for opportunities like these is very keen and you are advised to take up enrichment activities that will help you demonstrate the competencies employers are looking for such as leadership, team working, problem resolution and IT skills.
There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job. Key benefits of being an apprentice include:
- Earning a salary
- Getting paid holidays
- Receiving free training
- Gaining nationally recognised qualifications for the job role
- Learning job-specific skills
For more information on the benefits of doing an apprenticeship, please visit: http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/Be-An-Apprentice.aspx
Types of Apprenticeships
Apprenticeships are available in all sectors and industries throughout England. There are more than 280 different types of Apprenticeships available offering over 1,500 job roles, in a range of industry sectors, including things like accountancy healthcare, engineering, leisure and tourism, information technology and retail.
They generally fall into one of these categories:
- Intermediate Level Apprenticeships
- Advanced Level Apprenticeships
- Higher Apprenticeships
- School Leaver programmes (aimed at 18 year olds with A levels leading to professional qualifications up tp postgraduate level)
- Degree Apprenticeships
More information on the different types you can apply for is available at: www.apprenticeships.org.uk/Types-of-Apprenticeships.aspx
How to apply
The steps you need to take for applying for an apprenticeship are slightly different to other jobs. The Apprenticeship website that allows you to search, view and apply for Apprenticeships online: www.apprenticeships.org.uk
A step by step guide on how to apply can be found here: www.apprenticeships.org.uk/Be-An-Apprentice/Applying.aspx
Not all apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the National Apprenticeship Service AV System. Large employers will often use their own Careers section on their web site.UCAS now have a dedicated search section and you can also use RateMyApprenticeship. Please contact our Careers Advisor, for more information and advice
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