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Apprenticeships

What are Apprenticeships?apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available to all age groups over the age of 16, regardless of whether the person has just left school or college, or has been working for a while or is now looking for a new career having lost their job. The only other criteria are that they are available to those living in Englandwho are not otherwise engaged in full-time education.

Apprentices work and earn a wage in a position in order to gain job-specific skills and experience. There is an element of off the job training, usually on a day-release basis. Apprentices work towards achieving nationally recognised qualifications.

Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices' ability and the industry sector. The current (since April 2016) minimum salary for an apprentice aged under 19 and in the first year of their apprenticeship is £3.30 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more, with those aged 21 and over earning £6.70 an hour.

The entry requirements may vary, depending on the particular type of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Places on Apprenticeships are open to competition, so applicants need to demonstrate their determination and commitment to potential employers to secure a position.

Prospects

Gaining vital work experience, skills and qualifications in a particular career area means that an Apprenticeship can be extremely rewarding.

However, there are opportunities to progress further once a particular level has been achieved. It is possible for example to still attend university after completing an Apprenticeship, using the qualification gained as well as skills and experience as  entry to a degree programme.

There are over 200 different Apprenticeships available providing more than 1,200 job roles. More information can be found at http://apprenticeships.org.uk/