Is It Worth Starting An Apprenticeship?
To be considered for an apprenticeship programme in England, you need to be aged 16 or over, living in England and not in full-time education. Apprenticeships are ideal if you have a clear idea of the career you’d like to pursue, and you’re willing to commit to work and study. Unlike in school, at college or on a traditional degree course, the majority of your learning will be through on-the-job training in your place of work.
As an apprentice you’ll be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay. You will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills and get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours). Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.
There are apprenticeships for over 1,500 job roles — allowing you to enter careers in anything from accountancy to zoology.
How The Apprentice Scheme Can Help Your Career?
Find out how to become an apprentice, what apprenticeships are available, which employers offer them and information about starting your apprenticeship.
An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. Learn more about starting an apprenticeship
What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are an exciting option – you get hands-on training and also the chance to put your skills into practice. Learn more about apprenticeship benefits
Applying for an apprenticeship
There are hundreds of different apprenticeships to choose from. To apply for one, you’ll need to create an account on the find an apprenticeship service. You can also save any apprenticeships you like and then apply for them later. Learn more about applying for an apprenticeship
The interview process
If your application is successful, the employer will invite you for an interview. If you’re upskilling with your current employer, you may not have one. learn more about the apprentice interview process
Starting your apprenticeship
Before you start your apprenticeship, your employer will usually contact you and ask a series of questions. Find out what they might be and learn more about starting an apprenticeship
Assessment and certification
During your apprenticeship, you’ll be assessed to make sure you’re achieving the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for your chosen apprenticeship. Learn more about apprenticeship assessment and certification
Alternatives to apprenticeships
There are other career alternatives to apprenticeships which may be more suitable, such as T levels and traineeships. Learn more about other alternatives to apprenticeships