What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships combine hands-on training in the workplace with off-the- job training at a local college or specialist training provider. Young people work towards qualifications that provide them with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for their employment.
After achieving an Advanced Level Apprenticeship apprentices can progress part time into Higher Education whilst still in employment.
Who can do an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are available to young people over the age of 16 and entry requirements vary depending on the employer and industry sector.
Levels of Apprenticeship
There are three levels of apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:
Intermediate Apprenticeship - Level 2
Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3
Higher Apprenticeship - Level 4 / 5 / Foundation degree
How to apply for an Apprenticeship
During the spring term there will be employers and training providers visiting school to discuss apprenticeship opportunities. This is also when pupils should start looking for apprenticeship opportunities and vacancies.
Pupils should visit and register with the following websites to gain the latest news and information on apprenticeships and schemes.
They also provide information on types of apprenticeship, apprentice employers and tips on how to apply for vacancies.
It is really important that pupils start to consider their future options early.
National Apprenticeship Week
During National Apprenticeship Week there will be a number of activities taking place in school.