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Apprenticeships

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow you to earn while you learn, whilst gaining a nationally-recognised qualification. Apprenticeships take between one and five years to complete and are available in 1,500 occupations across 170 industries varying from construction to manufacturing through to IT and the creative and digital sectors.

Apprenticeship levels

There are various levels of apprenticeship you could apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications. Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

Name

Level Equivalent

Educational level

Intermediate

2

5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C

Advanced

3

2 A level passes

Higher

4,5,6 and 7

Foundation degree and above

Degree

6 and 7

Bachelor’s or master’s degree


All apprenticeships will include elements of on-the-job and off-the-job training leading to industry-recognised standards or qualifications. Some apprenticeships will require an assessment at the end of the programme to assess the apprentice's ability and competence in their job role.

Benefits of doing an apprenticeship

  • Earning a salary
  • Training in the skills employers want
  • Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace
  • Increased future earning potential
  • Apprentices enjoy marked salary increases when they complete their training, and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime
  • Learning at a pace suited to the individual with the support of a mentor
  • Paid holiday

Entry requirements

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 living in England. There are different entry requirements depending on the sector and job.

Salaries

The minimum wage for apprentices is £4.15** per hour, but many employers pay more than this.  This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level eg some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 – £500 per week.  More details on salaries and entry criteria in specific apprenticeship occupations can be accessed by looking at the vacancies on ‘Find an apprenticeship’.

** wage rates change annually – check https://www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates for updates.

Applying for an apprenticeship

At any one time there are up to 28,000 apprenticeship vacancies available on the ‘Find an apprenticeship’ site in a variety of careers and industries across England. Visit gov.uk and search ‘Find an apprenticeship’.  You can search by keyword (job role, occupation type or apprenticeship level) and by location.  Once the right job comes up, you can simply register on the website and follow the step by step instructions to apply for the role. The “How to apply” film has useful hints and tips on applying. To see this and other films on apprenticeships visit You Tube and search apprenticeships/NAS.

Not quite ready for an apprenticeship or job?

You could try a traineeship with a local employer to gain valuable work experience and the opportunity to improve their English and mathematics, if needed.  Visit gov.uk and search ‘traineeships’ for more information or to apply for traineeship opportunities.

Click here to view the government's parents' guide to apprenticeships.

Useful resources:

Interactive student guide packed with checklists, short films and areas for you to write your notes about apprenticeships.

Search for apprenticeships: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Parents’ and Carers’ Pack Apprenticeship Information Edition 22 Sept 2020 edition

Information for parents and students: https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/#

Local apprenticeships: https://wannabebucks.org/apprenticeships-information/

The Telegraph's Apprenticeship App: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2016/03/11/telegraph-apprenticeship-app/

Not going to Uni: https://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/apprenticeships-223

To help families and students navigate the fast-changing world of apprenticeships. https://amazingapprenticeships.com/

Apprenticeships, job reviews and careers advice for school and college leavers: https://www.ratemyapprenticeship.co.uk/

Parents guide to apprenticeships https://successatschool.org

An apprentice employer ranking based on apprentice feedback https://www.thejobcrowd.com/top-company-guides/

If you need support: 

Email Mrs Hill on hhill@themisbourne.co.uk and we will arrange for a careers appointment for you to help answer your queries.

Local employers send vacancies through to the school – we email these out to Year 11 and 13 parents when we receive them.