|Introduction to Apprenticeships|
Apprenticeships in the UK have been growing in popularity over the last 10 years, and with great reason. University is not always for everyone, and after studying at school for your GCSEs or A Levels, you may be ready to take the step into the world of work rather than taking three more years to study towards a degree.
|What is an Apprenticeship?|
|An apprenticeship is a scheme where you will be mixing studying with real life work, essentially being paid to learn. They may also be referred to as an “apprenticeship programme”.
It is likely you have heard of an apprenticeship during National Apprenticeship Week in February - known as NAW
During an apprenticeship, you will…
|What are the benefits of doing an Apprenticeship?|
|There are a number of benefits to doing an apprenticeship:
|What type of apprenticeship can I do? Apprenticeship levels|
Depending on your age and the qualifications you hold, there are a few different type of apprenticeships you can do
Pay - Are apprenticeships paid?
When does an apprentice wage go up? Typically, your wage/salary will go up at one of three stages:
Work/Study balance - What does an apprenticeship involve?
A apprenticeship requires a minimum of 20% (or ⅕) to be studying/training, with the remainder being working. With that being a minimum, some apprenticeships may be more (such as 50/50). Many apprenticeship schemes will change their mix of study & work as you jump from year 1, to year 2, to year 3 and so on.
Example for a 5 day working week:
|Apprenticeships or University|
|The age old questions - should I go to university or do an apprenticeship?|
*if on a Degree Apprenticeship
|Apprenticeship application process - How to apply for an apprenticeship|
|Applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for a normal job - you just need to submit a job application, and proceed through the candidate selection process if your initial application is successful.
In terms of the stages involved in the process, they may involve the following…
|Apprenticeships by sector - What sectors can I do an apprenticeship in?|
The great thing about apprenticeships, is that you can complete an apprenticeship in almost anything!
For those who like the great outdoors or have an interest in rural life, aggricultuiral apprenticeshipships provide a great opportunity to start your career in the industry.
Beauty and Wellbeing
If skin treatments, massages or nutrition are what you are interested in, there are lots of apprenticeships out there for school leavers including hairdressing and beauty apprenticeships.
Creative & Music
Ceramics, 3D design, musical performance, fashion & textiles. There are apprenticeships out there for those that are keen to make a career from your creative skills.
Engineering and Manufacturing
This is a very broad area and there is a whole array of apprenticeship opportunities looking to enter the engineering industry. Find out more about engineering apprenticeships, including construction and welding.
For those who love technology, see how you can enter the industry with an IT apprenticeships, and help shape the future of technology, AI and the cloud.
See how you can enter the world of law with a solicitor apprenticeships, and see how you can gain hands of experience alongside becoming fully qualified.
Marketing and Media
Whether it’s digital marketing, traditional marketing, working in media and production or journalism, see where you can apply your skills with a marketing or media apprenticeship.
Not one for everyone, but you’d be surprised how an apprenticeship can kickstart a career in nuclear energy with a nuclear scientist apprenticeship.
Find a pharmaceutical apprenticeshipacross the UK, and get your foot in the door in a highly skilled and rewarding industry.
Did you know that you can become a pilot through an apprenticeship? See what is available to you in order to gain your wings and take off to the skies.
Retail & Distribution/Logistics
Trade (Electrician, Carpentry & Joinery, Plumbing)
Travel, Tourism and Leisure
|Unsure what to do an Apprenticeship in?|
|Whether you know what sector/industry you want to go into, or you’ve always had a favourite subject at school and want to pursue a career in that, visit this page to see what you can do an apprenticeship in.
Find me an apprenticeship.
|Apprenticeship myths and misconceptions|
Apprenticeships are only for trades people - NOT TRUE
Apprenticeships are for people who can’t get into uni - NOT TRUE
Apprenticeships are only for school leavers aged 16-18 - NOT TRUE
Apprenticeships aren’t as good as degrees - NOT TRUE
|Where can I do an Apprenticeship?|
|There are thousands of apprenticeships available around the UK, but below you can find a selection of top apprenticeships to consider which will help you to understand where to find apprenticeships.
We’ve hopefully been able to answer the question of “What is an Apprenticeship”, but if you’re till unsure, you can find out if an apprenticeship is right for you or you can compare apprenticeships to school leaver programmers.
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