Apprenticeships for learners
If you live in England and are over 16 you can apply for an apprenticeship. There are various levels of apprenticeship you can undertake depending on your current skills and qualifications:
- Intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2)
- Advanced apprenticeship (Level 3)
- Higher apprenticeship (Levels 4-6)
- Degree apprenticeship (Level 6-7)
All apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. You must be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage – and many employers pay significantly more.
Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete, depending on the industry sector and level.
Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by a training organisation.
If you are not quite ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship might be for you. A traineeship is designed to provide work experience and develop your maths and English skills in order to help you secure an apprenticeship or other employment.
Apprenticeships are available in more than 170 industries covering over 1,500 job roles. There are up to 27,000 vacancies available across England on the government's apprenticeship website now.
There are a number of different schemes available to support you financially whilst you are looking for an apprenticeship and when you have found one.
Jobcentre Plus provide assistance for the unemployed towards travel costs to interviews and for the first three months of their apprenticeship. Some areas provide travel discount, but you will need to check in your area whether that applies.
Once your apprenticeship begins, your employer will also help to support you so that you can achieve the most out of your apprenticeship. Your training provider will also help as will the National Careers Service which can be accessed through their website.
Go to nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk for a webchat with an advisor, or phone 0800 100 900.