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Career Pathway After School – Apprenticeships

Monday 8 May, 2017

An apprenticeship embraces both work and education, this allows you to learn and earn! If you are interested in starting work, are keen to learn some skills and gain qualifications, then an apprenticeship could be the right option for you.

On an apprenticeship you will study for qualifications while working and at the same time learn skills for the job you are actually doing. Apprenticeships can take between 1 and 4 years to complete depending on the level, type and skills you already have. Entry requirements vary depending on the level of the apprenticeship and the nature of the job, you must be over 16 and not in full time education.

Key skills for a potential apprentice to already have include; reliability, punctuality, being hard-working and eager to learn.

Key benefits of completing an apprenticeship include; earning a wage, having paid holiday, be paid to attend college/training, receive formal and on the job training, gain qualifications and there is the potential to progress up to degree level.

Apprenticeships are valuable because:

  • They provide access to practical learning using current methods and technologies in the actual working world.
  • You receive on the job learning alongside formal/theoretical learning with a college/training provider. Gaps in literacy and numeracy skills can be incorporated into the apprenticeship.
  • You will gain employability skills. These are skills required to function in a wide variety of life and work settings. They are not technical skills, but are skills that allow people to do their jobs well and include; communication, teamwork, problem solving, initiative and enterprise, planning and organisation, self management, learning and technology.
  • They build character and develop self-understanding.

A quick recap - Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are also very rewarding. They train you in the skills employers want so they give you choices in your career.

At the end of an apprenticeship there may be the opportunity to gain full-time employment, the company will have invested a lot of time in your training. This is never guaranteed but you will leave with the skills and qualifications to be competitive in the job market or progress to the next level of apprenticeship.

An apprenticeship with SEAC Recruitment Services Ltd offers you a genuine apprenticeship placement, you will gain a nationally recognised qualification and fabulous work experience. You will also be supported in the workplace by the staff you work alongside, a dedicated SEAC Apprenticeship Account Manager and a Training Assessor. Take a look at our current Apprenticeship Vacancies on our jobsboard or register your interest in any future opportunities with SEAC.

For more information about specific types of apprenticeships visit

For advice you can contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or visit

If you’re leaving school/college/sixth form in June, now is a good time to start applying for Apprenticeship vacancies