Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. They can take between 1 and 4 years to complete depending on their level. As an apprentice, you will be working at least 30 hours per week and will receive pay at National Minimum Wage appropriate to apprenticeships which will include paid holidays. You will be studying for a national qualification either in your place of work or classroom based, this can be for one day a week or perhaps on a block release basis.
Levels of apprenticeship
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|
Who can apply?
You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:
- 16 or over
- not in full-time education
- living in England.
- What is good about doing an apprenticeship?
- you will work alongside experienced staff
- you gain job-specific skills
- you earn a wage and get holiday pay
- you study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
- you’re not left with large ‘uni’ debts when you have completed the course.
- What is bad about doing an apprenticeship?
- not all careers have apprenticeships on offer
- you lose out on ‘university experience’.
How can I find an apprenticeship?
- Devon County Council’s Apprenticeship Scheme