Apprenticeships give you the chance to work alongside experienced staff members while earning a competitive salary and gaining career-specific skills and experience. On the job, you will receive training towards nationally recognised qualifications and benefit from services that are workplace-specific such as professional development or mentoring.
In 2013, the government raised the participation age of young people in the UK from 16 to 18: becoming an apprentice is one of your options along with continuing in school or college. It’s the unique combination of earning and learning that makes apprenticeships so attractive though, and this is why the Government has backed the creation of 3 million new apprenticeship opportunities by 2020. Now is a great time to find an apprenticeship!
Apprenticeships aren’t just for school leavers though; it is also a great way to kick-start a career or work towards a new role within your existing career that may require new skills. Check out our Case Studies section to find out the inside line on being an apprentice, and what kind of local opportunities could suit your career goals.
Key benefits of being an apprentice are:
- Earning a salary.
- Getting paid holidays.
- Receiving training.
- Gaining qualifications.
- Learning job-specific skills.
- A choice of industries and employers.
For further information on why you should consider becoming an apprentice click here.
GOV.UK runs an apprenticeships page that is case-study oriented. It follows the progress of real apprentices throughout their placements.
If you already know you want to pursue an apprenticeship, search for specific opportunities on the Government’s Find an Apprenticeship website.