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Apprenticeship: where to start?

Hi guys I hope this is not a foolish question but now that I’m done with Uni application, I was thinking to apply to apprenticeships too. This is is because I heard the application starts in January or so? And this is not because I think it’s a ‘backup’or anything. I know that they are equally as competitive as University. For me, I am the time of person that will regret for not taking on opportunities when I could, in the future. 🤦*♀️

Enough waffle- so my question is literally where to begin? I wanna start doing some research but I feel like it’s too late for that… which websites will you advise? Currently I don’t have a specific field in mind so I am open to any suggestions that I can look into more :biggrin: BTW I don’t do Maths A- level !!!
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Also what is the difference between apprenticeship and degree apprenticeship ?is degree one same value as university? If so, how can I look into that?
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Original post by Jihoooo
Hi guys I hope this is not a foolish question but now that I’m done with Uni application, I was thinking to apply to apprenticeships too. This is is because I heard the application starts in January or so? And this is not because I think it’s a ‘backup’or anything. I know that they are equally as competitive as University. For me, I am the time of person that will regret for not taking on opportunities when I could, in the future. 🤦*♀️

Enough waffle- so my question is literally where to begin? I wanna start doing some research but I feel like it’s too late for that… which websites will you advise? Currently I don’t have a specific field in mind so I am open to any suggestions that I can look into more :biggrin: BTW I don’t do Maths A- level !!!


Just to get you started, here are a some sites I used while looking for apprenticeships:

https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/
https://www.gradcracker.com/search/all-disciplines/degree-apprenticeships
https://uk.indeed.com/Apprenticeships-jobs?vjk=7bf5a79604becac7
https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship - not the greatest tbh, doesn't always have up to date info

But these might/will be quite overwhelming for someone who has no specific field in mind. In your situation, I would go through the list of apprenticeships that are available (which you can find here) and cross out the absolute, definite no's. For me, that would've been things like level 3 and below apprenticeships, apprenticeships in teaching etc. It's up to you what criteria you want to use. This way you can narrow down your search wayyyy more and the sites I linked above will become much more usable.

If you're wanting to get a deeper understanding of apprenticeships as a qualification in general I would reccommend these articles:

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/jobs-and-work-experience/apprenticeships/what-is-an-apprenticeship
https://thinkstudent.co.uk/what-is-a-degree-apprenticeship/
https://www.ucas.com/apprenticeships/what-you-need-know-about-apprenticeships

To your other question, degree apprenticeships are a type of apprenticeship. They are also known as level 6 or 7 apprenticeships, with 6 being equivalent to a bachelor's degree and 7 being equivalent to master's degrees.
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Original post by Jihoooo
Hi guys I hope this is not a foolish question but now that I’m done with Uni application, I was thinking to apply to apprenticeships too. This is is because I heard the application starts in January or so? And this is not because I think it’s a ‘backup’or anything. I know that they are equally as competitive as University. For me, I am the time of person that will regret for not taking on opportunities when I could, in the future. 🤦*♀️

Enough waffle- so my question is literally where to begin? I wanna start doing some research but I feel like it’s too late for that… which websites will you advise? Currently I don’t have a specific field in mind so I am open to any suggestions that I can look into more :biggrin: BTW I don’t do Maths A- level !!!


I always advise to look at the government website for apprenticeships however, certain companies will advertise internally (aka not post their programmes on the government website, but their own company website).

Apprenticeships can be at level 2-7.
A degree apprenticeship is a level 6 apprenticeship that will give you a degree qualification at the end. It is the same value as university because it is done through a university. Although the scheme is not exactly the same, you can look at it as doing a part time degree. You end up with the same result, you just don't study full time so it take a year or two longer.

At least 20% of your time will be spent studying. That usually refers to what is known as "day release" - you go to your training provider once a week, and work 4 times a week. Although "block release" also exists. In this case you might go to your training provider for a week, a month, a semester etc. and to work for 4 times as long.

Apprenticeships are available in a range of fields and industries from hospitality to law and engineering.

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