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.
There are various levels of apprenticeships you could apply for (from Level 2-7) depending on your current skills and qualifications.
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.
"My apprenticeship in accounting has helped me understand where and how particular figures are calculated and how they relate to the overall business accounts. The apprenticeship is great because both myself and the business benefit from the knowledge and confidence I am gaining."
"I started at Highbury on a Level 1 course nearly 4 years ago. Highbury has supported me all the way through and helped me find the apprenticeship I am doing now. I love working day-in, day-out with cars and I am getting so much more practical experience – it’s great."
"Apprenticeships are great because you are getting paid to study. They also give you amazing work experience and sometimes, like in my case, lead on to a full-time job. I absolutely love my job now and I’m so happy I did an apprenticeship!"
"My apprenticeship at Airbus is great because I’ve always been interested in engineering and really wanted to get straight into the workplace, make money and actually start building the practical skills I’m going to need later in life. "