An apprenticeship is a real job that provides excellent work experience, full training and an accredited qualification. Opting for an apprenticeship means that you can earn a wage while you learn a trade.
The key benefits of an Apprenticeship include:
- Earn a salary and qualification with no student debt
- Get paid holidays
- Learn within a real work environment to gain career relevant work experience.
- Receive high quality training
- Achieve an accredited and nationally recognised qualification.
Obtaining a qualification within a real work environment can also help you to:
- Work more effectively
- Experience actual industry related challenges
- Gain a qualification that is relevant to your specific occupation
- Learn at your own pace with support when required
- Achieve work specific skills and knowledge.
For a long time apprenticeships have not been recognised as the entrance into careers that they actually provide. There has been a long held belief that a university degree is the only way to be successful. This is a myth that we strongly dispute, we have many graduates applying for our apprenticeship vacancies because although they have a degree they do not have the required work experience to get the job that they want!
Executive of SEMTA, Sarah Sillars said that, ‘Apprentices are the achievers of this generation – they earn and learn – then embark on world-class careers.’
You can apply for an apprenticeship if:
- you live in England
- you're 16 or over
- you're not in full-time education
There are currently four levels of apprenticeship:
- Intermediate level apprenticeship – equivalent to five GCSE passes
- Advanced level apprenticeship – equivalent to two A level passes
- Higher apprenticeship – can lead to NVQ level 4 and above, or a foundation degree
- Degree apprenticeship – a new type of higher apprenticeship which can lead to a full undergraduate degree as part of the apprenticeship
Apprenticeships take between 1 and 4 years to complete. They cover approximately 1,200 job roles in a range of industries, from engineering to financial advice, horticulture to ICT.
Read more about the different types of apprenticeships and job roles available in the apprenticeships section of the GOV.UK website.