An apprenticeship is a paid job which also gets you qualified for the career path you want. It is one of the options available to school leavers and anyone else who wants to earn whilst they learn.

Many prestigious employers now see apprenticeships as a way of recruiting and developing staff with the higher level specialist skills needed for the success and productivity of their business. As a result of this there are many opportunities available and more individuals are choosing apprenticeships as a way of shaping long term careers. Check out the up to date list of vacancies above.

  • It’s a paid job – you can start earning straight away.
  • You’ll get recognised and desirable skills and qualifications that employers want.
  • Opens the door to great opportunities to progress – both in your career and into higher level training.
  • You are an employee so you receive all the same benefits that other employees get, such as a pension and paid holidays.
  • Gives you increased earning potential.
  • Apprenticeships are available from GCSE level right up to Masters Level.

As apprenticeships are real jobs, entry requirements will vary depending on the employer’s requirements. If necessary, apprenticeship training providers can help prepare individuals to reach the levels required by the employer before they go for interview.

All apprenticeship vacancies are listed online at www.gov.uk. Go to this site and search for “Apprenticeships”. Below you will find all of the local vacancies available right now.

We give a full rundown of the process in our How to Find an Apprenticeship article.

1. Choice

There is a lot of choice available in apprenticeships from intermediate to masters, and the range of sectors covered is extensive from hairdressing or digital marketing to strategic management.

2. Employment Rights

An apprentice is employed with the same rights as other employees for example an employment contract and paid holiday.

3. Costs

Training costs are paid for by your employer and the government so there will be no cost to you.

4. Training Structure

You will be combining your apprenticeship with your job so you will spend some time with an approved training provider/college or university.

5. Length of Study

This depends on your apprenticeship but it could be somewhere between a year and 5 years to complete. Remember – only an apprenticeship gives you a structured approach to career progression, the more you learn the more you earn.

6. Wages

The minimum apprenticeship wage is currently £3.90, however those who are older than 19 are paid minimum wage for their age. However, lots of employers pay well over this rate.

7. Avoid Debts

If you choose to do a degree apprenticeship rather than the traditional route to a degree you will avoid the tuition fees of up to £9000 per year as well as the costs of living away from home.

8. Discounts

Apprentices can purchase an NUS apprentice extra card which gives you great discounts for some well-known brands and services.