Apprentices are employees, paid to work and follow a course of study to become qualified at their job.
Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience at the same time. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace.
Apprenticeship training is offered by FE colleges and other training providers, often on a day release basis. Here is a link to the local Apprenticeship offer: Apprenticeship provider matrix
If you already have a job and would like to know whether it is possible to turn this into an apprenticeship, you and your employer should look on the Apprenticeships website for more information.
What could this option do for you?
All Apprenticeships offer a package of qualifications which are vocational (practical), knowledge based (theoretical) and include literacy and numeracy skills. Many also include IT or communication skills.
Apprenticeships are available at different levels dependant on your skills and experience, as well as the job role you would be doing.
What do I need to do now?
Visit the Apprenticeships website where you will find lots of information about what apprenticeships are available, how to find an apprenticeship as well as the real life experiences of young people who have already followed this route.
Do I need any extra help or advice?
If you are still at school, they must provide you with access to independent advice and guidance on all your post 16 options.
If you are not in education, employment or training, Prospects Careers Advice Plus (formerly Connexions services) can help you. Take a look at the Prospects website or arrange to meet an advisor by contacting them on 01708 746401.
For further help and support, you can talk to an impartial adviser at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or web-chat online at nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.
What support could I get if I choose this option?
There is no set rate of pay for apprentices; however the minimum wage for all employed apprentices is £3.50 per hour (April 2017).
As your skills develop, your pay will increase accordingly. You may also get additional money for essential books, clothing or equipment, or to help you with a disability. As an apprentice, you will also receive the same benefits as other employees such as staff discounts, pension contributions, subsidised canteen and leisure facilities.