What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are about working for an employer and earning as you learn. You study part time for a qualification linked to the job that you are doing either in the workplace, at a local college or specialist training provider.
An apprenticeship will take a minimum of one year to complete.
Who can apply?
Applying for an apprenticeship is the same as applying for a job. It’s a competitive process, you don’t know who else is applying for the same position, and it may take a lot of effort.
What's in it for me?
As well as valuable skills and work experience you'll also be studying to achieve a qualification ususally a Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship (the same level of study as GCSEs) or a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship (the same level of study as A Levels)
Once you've completed an apprenticeship you may have the opportunity to go on to an apprenticeship at the next level of study, or into a job with the employer. Level 4-7 (equivalent to foundation degrees and above) are also available.
Will I get paid?
Yes you will get paid and this might vary depending on the employer. Minimum wage for an apprenticeship is £4.80 per hour for 16-18 year olds but many employers will pay more than this and the average apprenticeship wage is around £180 per week.
How can I sign up?
Here are some of the ways to find an apprenticeship:
- Create your login and profile and then search and apply via the official government website – www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk
- Search for apprenticeship vacancies via job sites – www.indeed.co.uk - www.monster.co.uk - www.glosjobs.co.uk - are just some of the ones out there
- Apply direct to training providers that offer apprenticeships – www.gloscol.ac.uk - www.theswac.org - www.cirencester.ac.uk - www.sgscol.ac.uk
- Speak to an employer directly about them taking you on as an apprentice. If they say yes then speak to a training provider about making this an official apprenticeship.