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What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship will give you experience and qualifications to get your career started.  You will earn and learn, getting the professional qualifications required by your chosen industry whilst you work.

You are likely to be at work four days a week getting skills and experience on the job and at college or a training centre one day a week working towards the professional qualifications you need.

Apprenticeships are available in a wide range of career areas including

Art, Business Administration, Finance,

IT, Child Care, Engineering, Hairdressing and the building trades

Wages vary according to your employer.

The qualifications you will need vary according to the employer and the industry but you can start an apprenticeship straight after your GCSEs or after a college course or A levels and up until you are 24.

Apprenticeships are available at different levels:

Level of Apprenticeship Qualifications Required Equivalent to
Intermediate GCSEs 5 GCSEs at A*-C
Advanced A*-C grades at GCSE 2 A levels/Level 3 qualification
Higher A Levels/Level 3 qualification Foundation Degree
Degree A levels/Level 3 qualification Degree and above

If you don’t feel ready for an apprenticeship find out about Traineeships.