What is an apprenticeship?

On an apprenticeship, you're employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification - usually for one day a week either at a college or training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

What you'll learn depends on the role that you're training for. However, apprentices in every role follow an approved study programme, which means you'll gain a nationally-recognised qualification at the end of your apprenticeship.

What kinds of apprenticeships are there?

Most employment sectors offer apprenticeships - from accounting and Media, to construction and youth work.  The length of your apprenticeship will depend on a number of factors, such as the level of the apprenticeship, your chosen sector, employer requirements and your individual ability.

Who are apprenticeships for and what to expect...

  • A formal employment programme. You'll sign a contract with your employer
  • long-term commitment - can take between one to four years to complete
  • more suited to those with a clear idea of what sector they'd like to work in and what career path they'd like to follow
  • commonly undertaken by school leavers but there is no age limit
  • designed to provide specific work-based training. Apprentices learn by actually doing the job
  • a way for apprentices to gain formal qualifications such as NVQs, foundation degrees and technical certificates
  • paid, as at the very least you'll receive the National Minimum Wage
  • a direct route to employment, with the majority of apprentices guaranteed a job on completion of their programme.


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