In 2013/4 over 8000 people in the West of England took part in apprenticeship training. With a strong history in apprenticeships, the next generation of engineers, fashion designers, production managers, website content creators and even lawyers are looking to apprenticeships as a viable, exciting alternative to university.
If you live in England and re over 16 you can apply for an apprenticeship but they are not just for young people. There are various levels of apprenticeship you can undertake depending on your current skills and qualifications.
We want to bust myths and dispel stereotypes about apprenticeships, and present them as a viable first choice option. It’s a common misconception that all employers require a degree. Modern apprenticeships are structured to provide the training, experience and qualifications that open up a route for apprentices to access high-level roles.
All apprenticeships are real jobs so all apprentices earn a salary. Apprentices must be paid 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 upon the level of apprenticeship and industry sector.
Training is delivered in the workplace, so apprentices will learn the skills needed to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by a training provider, either at the workplace, off-site (at a college) or via online.
There are over 250 different types of apprenticeships to study, which are linked to nearly 2000 job roles. As most jobs have an apprenticeship to match – the possibilities are endless.
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