Benefits of Doing an Apprenticeship

If you are weighing up your options on what step to take next, it might be worth considering an apprenticeship.

Here are some reasons why.

1. Get work

An apprenticeship is a great way to get your foot in the door of a career that you're interested in.

Your time will consist of a mixture of working on the job, training and learning new skills and studying towards a qualification. This will differ depending on your apprenticeship

This gives you a great opportunity to get hands-on in the field that interests you. You’ll also pick up the knowledge, skills and experience to boost your career.

2. Earn money & get other worker's rights

Any apprenticeship that involves working at a job means that you will get paid for your time.

You get paid at least the National Minimum Wage, but you may get more than this depending on your apprenticeship. As an apprentice you'll get paid for the time that you spend:

  • working your normal hours,
  • training as part of your apprenticeship (at least 20% of your normal working hours),
  • studying towards English and maths qualifications, if they’re part of your apprenticeship.

You'll also get other rights such as paid holiday days.

You can find out more about the National Minimum Wage for apprentices and your employment rights on

3. Learn and gain a qualification

With an apprenticeship, you will also study towards a qualification.

This may be subjects at school, a vocational qualification or even a degree at college or university. You may also take part in training courses that can help you within your field.

This is a great way to gain skills and learn more about the area that interests you. Gaining a qualification will also boost your CV and help you get a job.

4. There are different types to suit you

Whether you are in school, want to learn on the job or want to gain a degree, there's an apprenticeship for you.

Foundation Apprenticeship

Get work experience, career skills and a qualification while you are still at school.

There are 12 subjects to choose from that are available to take while you are in S5 or S6 in school. For some subjects, you can do a Foundation Apprenticeship during S3 and S4. These can take either one or two years to finish.

Find out more about Foundation Apprenticeships on

Modern Apprenticeship

Gain paid employment, get on-the-job training and gain a qualification in the process.

This is a great way to gain the skills and knowledge you'll need to get a job in the area that interests you.

Find out more about Modern Apprenticeships on

Graduate Apprenticeship 

With this, as well as working on the job and getting paid, you will earn a degree in the process. This can even be up to masters level.

Most of your time gets spent learning on the job but you will also be a student at a university or college.

Find out more about Modern Apprenticeships on

5. Hear from an apprentice

Don't take our word for it!

Read the stories of current and former apprenticeships about how becoming an apprentice benefited them.

Visit the website for all the latest information and vacancies.

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