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    So I've been looking into apprenticrships for when I leave school 18, there's one that really interests me, it's an IT assistant and looka really promising. The only problem is that it's an hour drive away, one way. I've loomed at rent prices in the area and they're around £400-£700 per month for shared accomodation. I doubt an apprenticeshio would be able to cover these costs? Are there any schemes or anything?


    I had this same problem when I started my apprenticeship, I was going to have to travel to Exeter or Bristol both AT LEAST an hour on the motorway for me, luckily an opportunity came up for me to upgrade my car to a more efficient model which would allow me to make the journey without spending ridiculous amounts on Petrol/Diesel. I do appreciate the fact that I was quite lucky with this opportunity. so firstly I would look into ways of getting to and from the office whether you have to consider, trains/buses/walking/cycling/driving or any combination of these, if you want the apprenticeship you can make getting there possible.

    I have also learnt the hard way that companies expect you to be able to travel to your place of work off your own back. There was a point where I was being relocated to Bath which would probably be a 2 hour round trip in rush hour traffic and I asked for support from the company and they couldn't offer anything to help me mostly because I was on a fairly good wage as it is (for an apprentice) in the end I moved to Bristol to shorten the journey. I was only able to do this with support from my parents though.
    So I would also consider the wage the apprenticeship is offering find out the amount you'd get tax/NI free + the taxed part post tax divide by 12 and youll get your monthly wage!! from there you should be able to plan a bit better.

    Let me know if I can help anymore.

    Check the salary for your apprenticeship.

    There are apprenticeships now that pay £16-18k+ in year one.
    That's more than enough to move out on, or commute, whichever you choose.
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