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Practical training and skills for life

An apprenticeship is a brilliant way to learn a trade that will give the right skills for work, with practical training in a real-life working environment and a wage at the end of the month.

That means that first and foremost, an apprentice is an employee, not a student. So you’ll not only earn from the word go, but also be treated as a member of the team in your chosen job, working alongside experienced staff and taking on all the responsibilities that come with the role. It’s an option that’s challenging and demanding from the very first day and that’s why aspiring apprentices should be hard-working, motivated and ambitious. It’s also rewarding, with an average wage of £170 per week as soon as you start, plus paid holidays.

Here’s what we expect from our apprentices: You’ll attend college for one day a week to study towards a vocational qualification. You’ll complete paid work with an employer for the remaining duration of the working week (this has to be at least 30 hours and no more than 40 hours in a working week depending on your age). Apprenticeships usually take 2-3 years to complete a full framework, from apprenticeship through to advanced apprenticeship – some of which can take up 4 years.

Whether you’re planning to be a plasterer, mechanic, chef or professional dancer, an apprenticeship is a really rewarding way to get learning and start earning, too.

Did you know?

9 out of 10 apprentices will stay in employment after completing their award, with 70% staying with the same employer!

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