There are numerous reasons why many young people are increasingly choosing an Apprenticeship.

People who have taken an Apprenticeship in the workplace generally have much more confidence with the skills they have learnt. They are also better able to meet the expectations and needs of employers.

The main benefits are:

Because you learn on the job, you are an employee. And as an employee, you are entitled to a wage, which means you earn whilst you learn. Plus, you aren't racking up any student debts. 

You'll have a mentor who helps you progress with your training and develops a learning plan to meet your needs. Your training will bring you up to the standards that employers need you to be at to do the job well, whilst your mentor will be able to help you focus on the areas where more work is needed.

Many apprentices are given jobs with the employers they trained with. Others go onto further studies. Apprentices are often fast-tracked by their employers for promotion to more senior positions.

How do they work?

Apprenticeships combine on-the-job and off-the-job training. This means you'll spend time in a business working towards a work-based qualification, and time with a learning provider working towards a technical qualification and key skills.

Apprenticeships are not qualifications in their own right. Instead they are a framework made up of many elements.

  • A work based qualification that is designed to ensure the apprentice is job ready, such as an NVQ or SVQ at either Level 2 or 3
  • Key skills qualifications such as communication and maths
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