Apprenticeships provide routes into a variety of careers and offer the opportunity to earn, learn and achieve nationally recognised qualifications at the same time.
They are for people looking for a job that enables them to carry on learning, and for those already in employment who want to gain further qualifications.
There are three levels of Apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:
Apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as a QCF Level 2, Key Skills and, in some cases, a relevant knowledge-based qualification such as a BTEC.
These provide the skills you need for your chosen career and allow entry to an Advanced Apprenticeship.
Advanced apprentices work towards work-based learning qualifications such as QCF Level 3, Key Skills and, in most cases, a relevant knowledge based certificate such as a BTEC.
To start this programme, you should ideally have five GCSEs (grade C or above) or have completed an Apprenticeship.
Higher Apprenticeships work towards work-based learning qualifications such as NVQ Level 4 and, in some cases, a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation degree.
Apprenticeships take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of framework/programme. Apprentices stay with the Trust for the set period of time and will work as part of a team whilst also having nominated study time to achieve the national apprenticeship qualification.
Apprentices do real jobs, so you're paid while you learn. You will start earning from day one of your Apprenticeship. There is no set rate of pay for apprentices, however all employed apprentices must receive a wage of no less than £95 per week.
For general information about apprenticeships in England visit the National Apprenticeships website.
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