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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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Hi, ive applied to many apprenticeships, all with deadlines late june to early july. One that i really want says i wont find out until earliest 30th august, by that time all apprenticeships in this field will be gone. Should i reject all offers and risk it or accept one and quit if i get the one i want?
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Apprenticeship applications can be a long process with vacancies being open for long periods of time. I would keep your options open and apply for all apprenticeships that you are interested in and then see what happens. You can still turn down an apprenticeship at the end of the process but they can be very difficult to get into so you may not want to put all your eggs in one basket.
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Are apprentiships avalable after September? Or would I have to wait until next September for a higher apprentiship.
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I started my apprenticeship in November. Some people that I know started it in October. At first I was worried in September that I missed it, but it worked out.
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I started my apprenticeship in November. Some people that I know started it in October. At first I was worried in September that I missed it, but it worked out.
Was it Level 4 and was it advertised after September?
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Was it Level 4 and was it advertised after September?
It was Level 3. Unfortunately even though I passed my BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in IT, I was told that I need to start from L3 apprenticeship.
I think it was advertised. I just registered with "Just IT" and they started looking for jobs for me. I didn't even look for any vacancies.
Let me know if you have anymore questions.
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It was Level 3. Unfortunately even though I passed my BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in IT, I was told that I need to start from L3 apprenticeship.
I think it was advertised. I just registered with "Just IT" and they started looking for jobs for me. I didn't even look for any vacancies.
Let me know if you have anymore questions.
Thanks will do hopefully I'll get my grades and enjoy uni
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Hi, I'm currently doing a Level 3 course at college (BTEC Sport) and I'm looking to do either an apprenticeship or get a job when I leave college. However, there aren't many level 4 apprenticeships going near where I live? I'm going into Year 13 next month. Thanks.
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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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Is it possible to get into a childcare apprenticeship with no experience/qualifications? I would be willing to learn everything from scratch and be taught up to the standard that they would require of me.
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Is it possible to get into a childcare apprenticeship with no experience/qualifications? I would be willing to learn everything from scratch and be taught up to the standard that they would require of me.
Hi there,

Yes there are many Childcare apprenticeships available on the Find and Apprenticeship vacancy search site:
https://www.findapprenticeship.servi...ticeshipsearch

Enter your location, level you are looking for and you're away!

Many of them only require GCSE's, if that. Most of the vacancies seem to want you to have an interest and passion in the job role.

Hope this helps and good luck!
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Can I progress to a Level 6 civil engineering apprentice with a Level 3 BTEC extended diploma in engineering? Or would i have to maybe do a HND/HNC?
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Can I progress to a Level 6 civil engineering apprentice with a Level 3 BTEC extended diploma in engineering? Or would i have to maybe do a HND/HNC?
Hi Yes you can, have a look on the Ucas tarriff system and see if your projected results will be enough. Apart from the chosen few higher universities which only accept A-level but if you have the equivilent ucas points you should be fine. Last time I checkeda result of D*D*D* in extended diploma is the same amount of UCAS points as A*A*A* so don't think your BTEC is not worthy!

I'm finishing my level 3 apprenticeship then onto degree in civil engineering. However some universties have the requirement of completing the Maths units for instance I have to do both the maths and further maths units with Merit or above. It's not going to be as long winded as a-level maths as its only 2 units over two years, however the Unis want to make sure you can grasp the maths which is used.

hope this helps any other questions let me know
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Hi Yes you can, have a look on the Ucas tarriff system and see if your projected results will be enough. Apart from the chosen few higher universities which only accept A-level but if you have the equivilent ucas points you should be fine. Last time I checkeda result of D*D*D* in extended diploma is the same amount of UCAS points as A*A*A* so don't think your BTEC is not worthy!

I'm finishing my level 3 apprenticeship then onto degree in civil engineering. However some universties have the requirement of completing the Maths units for instance I have to do both the maths and further maths units with Merit or above. It's not going to be as long winded as a-level maths as its only 2 units over two years, however the Unis want to make sure you can grasp the maths which is used.

hope this helps any other questions let me know
Thanks for the info!

However I am more interested in taking a degree apprenticeship instead of going to university. Would my BTEC still be enough or would I as I mentioned earlier, have to do a foundation degree/HND/HNC?
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Thanks for the info!

However I am more interested in taking a degree apprenticeship instead of going to university. Would my BTEC still be enough or would I as I mentioned earlier, have to do a foundation degree/HND/HNC?
It really depends on which university, make sure you look into the entry requirments. It should state how many UCAS points are neccessary and if the BTEC will be accepted. I would look into the unviersities own entry requirments as some will accept btecs and others will review your btec if it is equivalent. Where as others will state you need a HNC.

The course will usually be first year - level 4, second year - level 5, third year - level 6. This is why individuals with HND can do a booster and jump straight into a final year as they've already completed a qualification at the required level.
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