Updated 9th October 2017: As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Continue reading to find out what local vacancies are available right now...
What are Apprenticeships?
As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. Off the job, usually on a day-release basis, apprentices receive training to work towards nationally recognised qualifications. Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply.
Apprenticeships can take between one and four years to complete depending on the level of Apprenticeship, the apprentices' ability and the industry sector. The minimum salary is £3.50 per hour; however, many apprentices earn significantly more.
Who are they for?
Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years-old whether you are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. You just need to be living in England and not in full-time education.
What are the benefits?
There are lots of benefits to doing an Apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn, and learn in a way that is best suited to you – through hands-on experience on the job. Key benefits of being an apprentice include;
- earning a salary
- getting paid holidays
- receiving training
- gaining qualifications
- learning job-specific skills
- Apprenticeships at GOV.uk: 14 to 19 education and training for work
- Apprenticeship Vacancies (AV) Live - updated every 24 hours
- Apprenticeship and Traineeship Vacancies by Local Authority Area - updated weekly
- GetMyFirstJob Job Board
- Read the 'Guide to Apprenticeships' Booklet at the GOV.uk website
- Learn how to write a winning Apprenticeship application at the GOV.uk website
- More information about Higher and Degree Apprenticeships on the GOV.uk website
- Read the 'Is a Traineeship for me?' Fact Sheet at the GOV.uk website
- Download the Big Choice - School Leavers Guide - September 2016 (.pdf | 11.1MB)