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What are Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships offer young people the opportunity to gain essential skills and knowledge in the workplace, whilst obtaining good qualifications and earning money.

You earn whilst you learn!

What are the benefits of completing Apprenticeship Training?

Apprentices earn while they learn. Unlike friends at college who run up debt, apprentices get paid a wage whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications. What's more, during their career, apprentices can earn about £100,000 more than those without training.

Apprenticeship jobs are an ideal blend of work and study. It will give you new challenges and develop your confidence, skills and abilities.

Unlike school, Apprenticeship training allows you to learn at your own pace. It can be a 'second chance' to gain new nationally recognised qualifications in an adult environment. We ensure you will get the support you need to succeed. Qualified apprentices are highly employable. They gain valuable workplace experience and an insight into business that's not available at college or university. By achieving an Apprenticeship you will demonstrate that you have a high level of commitment and possess transferable skills that are attractive to all employers.

Apprentices tend to rise to the top. The experience and knowledge you gain, plus the relationships you develop, make it easier to progress quickly and provide you with better job prospects. Many former apprentices now run big organisations and attribute their success to their Apprenticeship.

What industries offer Apprenticeships?

You could find an apprenticeship in pretty much any industry. Some of the most popular are:

What qualifications will I gain?

Every Apprenticeship contains a mixture of different qualifications chosen to suit you and your job. These include Functional Skills; NVQs or Diplomas and Technical Certificates.

Functional Skills are practical skills in 3 areas - English, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Mathematics. They help you to work confidently, effectively and independently.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are work-related, competence-based qualifications. They are assessed in the workplace and show that you have the knowledge and skills needed to do the job to the standard needed.

A Technical Certificate is a qualification, providing extensive up-to-date knowledge of your chosen field of work ensuring you understand what you are doing and the way you are doing it.

You'll also learn about your rights and responsibilities as an employee.

An Apprenticeship is a fantastic opportunity. Many apprentices who didn't shine in school exams go on to achieve great things with an apprenticeship.

What happens when I qualify?

When you successfully complete your Apprenticeship qualification you are in a great position!

Quite often your Host Company will want to retain you and offer a permanent position. If not, then you will be in a strong position to find a job elsewhere.

You can also choose to go to college or university instead of employment. Your Apprenticeship qualifications will count towards obtaining a course.

Whatever you decide to do, we will help you on your way.

What will be required of me to become an Apprentice?

Apprenticeships are ideally suited to school leavers aged 16 to 18 but are open to anyone living in England aged 16 -24 or over and not in full-time education.

Apprenticeships are not easy. They require commitment and focus. Competition for places is often fierce and good qualifications, although not always essential, are always an advantage.

Different Apprenticeships have different entry requirements. Entry to the Apprenticeship level can be made with lower GCSE grades than is needed for Advanced Apprenticeships. The usual requirements for an Advanced Apprenticeship are 5 'Cs' at GCSE, ideally including Maths & English.

Academic records are not the only thing employers consider. Our Host Companies are looking for enthusiasm and strong motivation. Those who can demonstrate genuine interest tend to do well in interview. Relevant work experience, part-time or voluntary work and any related hobbies will all help.

SEAC is in contact with a wide range of Host Companies and we will try to match you to a suitable Apprenticeship vacancy. However we recommend that you also contact companies you would like to work with yourself. Let them know how keen you are, so when they do recruit, your name will be at the top of the list!

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“Since starting this apprenticeship it has opened many doorways for me in the way that I can still go to university and get a law degree by just doing an apprenticeship. After many months of deciding whether or not to do an apprenticeship I choose to do it and progress further. An apprenticeship has helped me so much in building my confidence and moulding me into a young independent woman. SEAC have helped me on this journey so far and have continued to do so, especially Jules who has helped me gain confidence and become the person I am today. So for that reason Thank you.”

Humah Jamil, Business Support Administrator Apprentice, Bucks County Council, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire