An apprenticeship allows you to combine working and learning on the job. An organisation will employ you to work for them and pay for your training and development throughout your apprenticeship. Every apprenticeship is different and will offer different qualifications at the end, typically these qualifications can include; Functional Skills (GCSE’s), National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ’s ranging from level 2 to level 5), Technical Certificates (BTEC, City and Guild Progression Award’s), Academic Certificates (Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), or the equivalent to a foundation degree. There will also be chances to develop other transferable skills, these involve, communication, teamwork, problem solving, as well as knowledge of IT, however this can vary depending on the job.
A good place to start when looking for apprenticeships is the government website; they advertise all apprenticeships. It is important to read both what the jobs offers and what qualifications you are going to be gaining.
Apprenticeship offer lots of prospects, entering a company at the position of an apprentice allows people to train and develop you up to meet the needs of the area, making your experience invaluable. Another reason to consider an apprenticeship is in the long run going to university can be expensive, an apprenticeship can offer to pay for a degree, as long as you complete a certain amount of time working for a company, which will be paid with a salary. The average apprenticeship wage ranges from about £150 to £250 a week, which translates to £4,940 and £13,000 a year.