What is an apprenticeship?
Get paid to discover your passion! You can become anything you want… An Apprenticeship is a job which allows you to earn while you learn. You receive a wage and study alongside each other, which eventually leads to qualifications and progression within your chosen industry. An apprenticeship can take between one and six years to complete depending on the apprenticeship you choose. An apprenticeship is a great way to kick start your career, especially for those who know the area of work they would like to enter.
A guide to apprenticeships can be found here.
With an apprenticeship you will:
- Learn and train for a specific job
- Work alongside experienced staff
- Earn a wage and get holiday pay
- Be given time for study related to your role (the equivalent of one day a week)
- complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
- be on a career path with lots of future potential
Levels of an apprenticeship
Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. You can start an apprenticeship at any level. Depending on the level, some apprenticeships may:
- require previous qualifications such as an English or maths GCSE
- give extra training in the English or maths skills needed so you’re at the right level
At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A level. Higher and degree apprenticeships are also available. More information about these may be found here.
Click here to download an information pack produced by E.ON, one of the largest local employers in the area, to give you some insight into the sorts of roles that you could have as an apprentice with them.
Finding & Applying for Apprenticeships,
The vast majority of apprenticeship vacancies are advertised on the government’s website, click the link below. You will need to log on and create an account, you will then be able to search for vacancies, and you can filter your search by employment sector and location.
A useful video explains how this website works: Please Click Here
Apprenticeships advertised elsewhere:
Apprenticeships are sometimes advertised on employer’s websites, such as Rolls-Royce, so it is always a good idea to check local employer’s websites in you are interested in working for them to see if they have vacancies. Local colleges & training providers also offer apprenticeship training, you may however need to find an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice first.
Searching for vacancies, Please Click Here
More information on applying for apprenticeships, Please Click Here
Rolls Royce Apprenticeships, https://careers.rolls-royce.com/united-kingdom/students-and-graduates/apprenticeships-and-school-leavers/gcses
Bombardier Apprenticeships, https://www.bombardier.com/en/worldwide-presence/united-kingdom/careers/students-and-graduates.html
Toyota Apprenticeships, https://recruitment.toyotauk.com/apprenticeships/