As it is now compulsory for students to stay in education or training until they are 18, apprenticeships are becoming a lot more desirable and sought after. With businesses understanding and valuing the idea of training and shaping a young mind from scratch, and with learning and development opportunities for young people, it is clear to see how apprenticeships are appealing. Continuing studying at college/6th form or moving onto university aren't the only paths, so what is an apprenticeship?
A real job, a real qualification, a real future.
Apprenticeships give young people the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.
Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice.
Earn while you learn.
All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage (£2.73 for under 19 and first year apprentices. At least the minimum wage for 19 and 20 year olds).
A real job.
All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from in exceptional circumstances. Over 150,000 employers are offering Apprenticeships in more than 200,000 locations. Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles, from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning.
A real qualification.
Quality is key to Apprenticeships. All Apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.
A real future.
After finishing, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer. A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job. Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.
What types of Apprenticeship are there?
There are three types of Apprenticeship that vary depending on current skills and qualifications:
- 1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships - Offers GCSE level equivalent qualifications.
- 2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeships - Offers A-Level equivalent qualifications.
- 3 - Higher Apprenticeships - Offers Degree level equivalent qualifications.
DID YOU KNOW: Most Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised at Easter.
John Paley is the main port of call in the Academy for students looking to explore the possibility of an apprenticeship.
The National Apprenticeship website is a great starting point to answer common questions about apprenticeships. See Q&As here.