If you’re 16 or over, you can become an apprentice as long as you spend at least 50 per cent of your working hours in England for the duration of the apprenticeship and you are not in full-time education. Your apprenticeship can take between one and six years to complete, depending on which apprenticeship you choose, what level it’s at, and your previous experience.
From engineering to nursing and from law to design – thousands of apprenticeships are available every year in a vast range of industries and careers. Apprenticeships are often a popular option for people who don’t want to have the worry of student debt hanging over them in the future–and want to get a head start on their future career.
Advanced apprenticeships are equivalent to two A-level passes. To be accepted you should have five GCSEs or more. Higher apprenticeships range between Level 4, which is the equivalent of one year of higher education study, to Level 6, which is the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree. They cover around 75 industries and more than 100 different job roles, ranging from legal services to banking and engineering.
Higher and degree apprentices typically split their time between college or university and the workplace. An apprenticeship can lead to a long-term job after the initial contract is completed. You can also pick up life-long skills that will be useful and adaptable to any industry.
As well as having many benefits for apprentices, the scheme is also popular with employers. Many see it as an investment because they can guide and train their recruits to have the specific skills required for the industry and ensure they are reliable members of the workforce. Employers want an apprentice who is polite, punctual and reliable. They also want a quick learner who can follow instructions and advice and someone who can think on their feet.
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