An apprenticeship is a paid job with built-in training and approved qualifications.
There are three parties to an apprenticeship: the apprentice, the employer and the trainer, but at this level the training can very often include a pre-existing qualification which is usually delivered by a university or professional body.
Entry requirements are demanding and the apprenticeships can last 3 to 5 years.
A Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4+) can be equivalent to Further Education, Higher Education, professional qualifications – or a combination of all of these and can often require entry criteria of 240+ UCAS points.
School Leaver Programmes are very similar, however they are usually only offered by the major employers. There will be full details on the individual company websites.
A Degree Apprenticeship (Level 6+) includes a full bachelor’s degree as well as a vocational qualification with work-based training. The degree will either have been specially designed with the help of ‘trailblazer’ employers – or the apprenticeship might include an existing degree course combined with a professional competency test which is delivered by a professional body.
Some of the reasons you might be looking for an apprenticeship are:
- ‘earn while you learn’
- paid employment
- gain transferable skills
- nationally recognised qualifications
- working alongside experienced employees
- learning in the workplace
- potentially also going to college / university / training centre depending on the apprenticeship
If you want to know if it’s theoretically possible to do an apprenticeship in your preferred career, have a look online for the apprenticeships frameworks library which lists all the approved training courses.
The larger employers also advertise their own apprenticeships and school leaver programmes.
And many of the apprenticeship vacancies are advertised nationally if you look online for the government-backed Find An Apprenticeship website. And locally if you look for the West of England Apprenticeship Hub.
Why not also explore Careersnearhere.com as universities, colleges and employers can advertise their local vacancies (for free) on the APPRENTICESHIPS noticeboards under the relevant industry / career sectors.
To explore local apprenticeships advertised on Careersnearhere.com select Apprenticeship Vacancies at the top of the screen
There are overviews on the government websites if you search online under headings such as further education and skills, apprenticeships, the higher and degree apprenticeships guide for higher education institutions, the employer guide to apprenticeships, higher apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships.
On Careersnearhere.com, why not take a look at:
- Applications, and other headings under the Tips section at the bottom of the page
- Careers Advice & Guidance Online and other headings under the Help section at the bottom of the page
Perhaps also search YouTube and the internet for relevant videos including those by some of the major employers.
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