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    Hello everyone,

    Below is a thread dedicated to all things Apprenticeship. This includes a lot of the FAQs seen on the Apprenticeships and alternatives to University recently.

    I hope this helps.

    Apprenticeship age:
    In the UK your age is not a deciding factor. You can take on an apprenticeship at any age. I know people who were in their late 40's who took on and completed an apprenticeship. The only time age will be a factor is if the company who is offering the apprenticeship requests a certain age range.

    I've been to college, can I still become an apprentice?
    Yes. The only thing you can't do is study the same subject at the same level. For example; if you've studied Engineering at college and have been awarded with City and Guilds level 2 qualifications, you can't study a level 2 again. You can however study at level 3 and above.

    How long will I be an apprentice?
    This all depends on the subject you're studying and the level. Generally, the higher the level, the longer the course. However, there are exceptions.

    How much will I get paid as an apprentice?
    This will depend on your age.

    - 16 to 18 years old and those that are 19 and over who are in their first year = £2.73 per hour.

    - Apprentices aged 19 or over who have completed their first year must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for their age.

    Where can I find apprenticeship vacancies?
    Take a look here:

    - http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/

    - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

    What can I become an apprentice in?
    Basically anything you can think of. Especially trades.

    What qualifications do I need?
    That will depend on which subject you're applying for. But most only ask for basic GCSE in English and Mathematics.

    What can I do after an apprenticeship?
    You could either go into higher learning, become a skilled member of your workforce or take on other training in your subject.

    Is an apprenticeship for me?
    If you give the Apprenticeships.org website a call you can ask them all about becoming an apprentice and then decide if it's the right route for you.

    - 0800 015 0400 / 02476 826482 or email them at [email protected] .gov.uk

    - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk or call 0800 100 900

    If I have missed any important questions post them below and I will be happy to add them on.

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