It can be a daunting time trying to decide your next step. You might be in the process of wondering what to do after college or, if you’re at uni, maybe you’re considering a change in direction as you may not feel it’s the best choice for you.
If you are looking into apprenticeships, but need more information, then here are some common questions that are asked. You can search for apprenticeships (there are 28,000 live vacancies at any one time) and set up email alerts on gov.uk. 1. What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is when an individual works and learns at the same time. As an apprentice, you will be working in a real job where you will be employed by a company, have a contract of employment, get paid a salary and be entitled to all of the statutory benefits such as holiday and sick pay. 2. What kind of apprenticeships are there?
There are apprenticeships available at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels. These cover more than 1,500 job roles across 170 industries, from Nursing to Graphic Design, Horticulture to Electric Vehicle Engineering, Advertising to Nuclear Decommissioning. Up to 27,000 quality apprenticeship vacancies are available online at any one time at www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
advertising real jobs, with real employers paying real salaries. 3. Who is an apprenticeship for?
Apprenticeships can be a suitable option for anyone. Apprenticeships have changed a lot in the past 10 years and sometimes people do not realise the huge range of opportunities that are available. You will probably be surprised to learn that you can achieve a full HND Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a degree apprenticeship, so it’s worth doing your research to see if you can achieve your career goal by following the apprenticeship pathway. 4. Aren’t apprenticeships just for people who don’t do very well at school?
Not at all. Getting an apprenticeship is all about getting a job and starting your career. Employers want to employ apprentices with the right positive attitude and who are going to work hard, but they also want employees who are going to be able to pick up new skills and learn about their company from scratch. As an apprentice you will be working full time in a real job and studying at the same time, so you will need to be able to balance both parts equally. 5. When can you start an apprenticeship?
You could start an apprenticeship at any age, as long as you are aged 16 and have completed year 11. Apprenticeships start throughout the year and you can be an apprentice at any working age – even in your 30s, 40s etc. 6. Don’t I have to stay in school until I’m 18?
As of 2015, you will be required to stay in Education, Employment or Training - but this includes apprenticeships. An apprenticeship is a real job where you will be employed full time. 7. Do you get a job at the end of the apprenticeship?
Most apprentices do. A survey conducted by the National Apprenticeship Service showed that the majority of apprentices (90%) either stay employed with the employer that they have completed their apprenticeship with, or will go on to find another job with a different employer. Some apprentices decide at the end of their apprenticeship that they want to go on to further study, such as starting a full time degree at university or college.
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