Apprenticeship Training Scheme – Apprentice Jobs, Funding & Grants
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To be considered for an apprenticeship programme in England, you need to be aged 16 or over, living in England and not in full-time education. Apprenticeships are ideal if you have a clear idea of the career you’d like to pursue, and you’re willing to commit to work and study. Unlike in school, at college or on a traditional degree course, the majority of your learning will be through on-the-job training in your place of work.
As an apprentice you’ll be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay. You will work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills and get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours). Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level.
There are apprenticeships for over 1,500 job roles — allowing you to enter careers in anything from accountancy to zoology.
What is an Apprenticeship? Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training with work related qualifications for those aged 16 or above, living in England. Apprenticeship standards show what you as an apprentice will be doing, and the skills required of the job role. The apprenticeship incorporates typical job roles, knowledge, skills and behaviours required to meet the standard.
How much will I earn? When undertaking an apprenticeship, you will receive the current minimum wage rate for an apprentice, which is £4.15 per hour. This rate applies to apprentices under 19 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.
Apprenticeships would suit someone who:
- has a clear idea of the type of career they wish to pursue
- is willing to commit to work and study, but would prefer a more practical and work-related approach to learning
- is ready to start work with an employer, and be based in the workplace most of the time
- is well organised and able to cope with the competing demands of work and academic study at the same time
- is ready to be assessed through a mix of assignments and written work, including essays, reports, practical exercises, end tests, and exams