Apprentices gain hands-on experience and new skills and knowledge in the workplace and, in most cases, also at College.
The key benefits of being an apprentice include earning a wage, training alongside experienced staff, achieving qualifications, learning job-specific skills, and boosting your future job prospects.
Apprenticeships follow a structured programme that leads to recognised qualifications and an overall Apprenticeship Framework Certificate. They generally take between one and three years to complete, depending on the sector. They can be taken at three levels: Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3) and Higher (Level 4/5).
The type of Apprenticeship you choose will depend on your intended career and any experience and qualifications you may have already gained. You can progress through levels and even top up from an Apprenticeship to a degree in some sectors. Like all employees, apprentices receive a wage and employers are obliged to cover an apprentice’s salary for a minimum of 30 hours per week.