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Apprenticeships

Why should I do an apprenticeship or traineeship?

  • University isn't for me (or not at the moment)
  • I can't afford to study at university
  • I want to go to work straight away
  • I don't want to study for a long period

If you agree with at least one of the statements above, why not apply for an Apprenticeship? It's a real job with training, so you can earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go. Training may take place on the job, at college or, for higher level apprenticeships, actually at a university or combination. Your employer will pay for your training and, in some cases, university fees.

As an employee, you can earn as you learn and gain practical skills from the workplace. All employed Apprentices get a wage.

£3.30 is the national minimum Apprentice rate, for Apprentices under 19 or 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship.  Note: some employers will pay Apprentices more than the National Minimum rate.

Which Apprenticeship should I do?

There are three levels of Apprenticeships.  Depending on your prior qualifications, you can choose from:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeships:  These are Level 2 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to GCSE Grades A*-C.
  • Advanced Apprenticeships:  Level 3 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to A Levels.
  • Higher Apprenticeships:  Level 4 qualifications: the vocational equivalents to Certificates of Higher Education 18+, Higher National Certificates, and Foundation Degrees.

 How do I get an Apprenticeship?

There are a number of ways to get an Apprenticeship.  You may need some qualifications, but more importantly dedication, commitment, hard work, attention to detail, an ability to sell yourself in writing and at interview.  Be prepared to apply for several apprenticeships, as competition is very high.

  • On the National Apprenticeships website, you can register to receive updates and search current vacancies - https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
  • Watch ‘How to Apply for an Apprenticeship’ on YouTube here.
  • How to write a winning application - click here for tips on how to maximise your chances of getting the apprenticeship you want.
  • Want to talk to someone? You can call the National Apprenticeship Service on: 0800 015 0400 or 0247 682 6482 or email nationalhelpdesk@apprenticeships.gov.uk
  • Click here for jobs & tips from notgoingotouni.co.uk
  • Looking at specific company websites: in particular the ‘Careers’ or ‘Jobs’ sections of their websites.   Contacting a local company to see if they offer Apprenticeships or would be willing to take an Apprentice. You would be expected to send in a speculative letter and your CV.  There is government funding for Employers to offer Apprenticeships.
  • Follow companies on Twitter and Facebook.