National Apprenticeship Week 2012

6 – 10 February 2012

Have you ever thought about starting an Apprenticeship? You earn while you learn, gain a variety of skills and work towards nationally recognised qualifications that enable you to progress in your chosen career. You’ll be in good company; there are over a half a million apprentices working in England.

This year the fifth annual National Apprenticeship Week takes place from 6-10 February and celebrates apprentices across the country. It is an excellent opportunity to find out more about Apprenticeships, so if you’re considering your future options and career path then why not go along to a careers event or open day? At you can find out what’s taking place near you.

The website also gives you the opportunity to search and apply Apprenticeship vacancies. At any one time there are thousands of jobs available in a variety of industry sectors across England. You can apply for as many as you like.

Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based learning. There are more than 200 different types of Apprenticeships suitable for over 1200 job roles, in a range of industry sectors, from engineering to financial advice, veterinary nursing to accountancy.

Career progression is excellent for apprentices, and over the course of their careers, those with an Apprenticeship earn, on average, £100,000 more than those without. Some Apprenticeships already attract UCAS points or allow you to study for a Technical Certificate. Once the Apprenticeship has finished there’s the opportunity to carry on working, maybe get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university.

Key Benefits:

  • earn a salary
  • get paid holidays
  • receive training
  • gain qualifications
  • learn job-specific skills.

What types of Apprenticeship are there?

An Apprenticeship includes a work-based learning qualification, functional skills, a knowledge-based qualification and in some cases a technical certificate.

  • Intermediate Level Apprenticeship (level 2)
  • Advanced Level Apprenticeship (level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeship (level 4 or above)

To find out more about Apprenticeships and to search and apply for Apprenticeship job vacancies, go to