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What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adults to earn while they learn in a real job! You gain a real qualification and a real future. The scheme provides high quality training that benefits both apprentices and employers and an appropriate wage.
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Qualification = Apprenticeships can be earned at three different levels:
1 - Intermediate Level
2 - Advanced Level
3 - Higher Level (Equivalent to a degree)
Job = A real job with a real employer for anyone 16 + who isn't in full-time education. It involves at least 30 hours work a week and can last from the minimum of 12 months to three years, or more.
Wage = From £3.30 per hour. The average apprenticeship wage is over £200 per week. The wage will depend on the employer, the job and the area.
Training = From your employer at work and usually through a college or training provider.
What Opportunities Can Apprenticeships Give Young People?
- To work for an employer, earn a salary and gain a qualification.
- To gain valuable work experience and transferable work skills.
- To gain a nationally recognised qualification.
- To continue in education without being in school or college 5 days a week.
Will I Get a Job at the End of It?
At the end of an apprenticeship you will get a national qualification that is recognised by employers around the world. Roughly two-thirds of apprentices will go on to get a job with the employer they trained with, while the majority will stay in employment.
The apprenticeship is likely to last at least 1 to 3 years, sometimes longer. For the few who don't stay in employment with the same company they will still have excellent experience to demonstrate to future employers.
What Does an Apprentice do?
You will work a full-time job; a minimum of 30 hours a week, being supported by a local college. Some apprenticeships require you to go to college (or your apprenticeship provider) one day a week while other apprenticeships are all done online.
You end up with a nationally recognised qualification that showcases your new skills and talents.
What Types of Apprenticeship are there?
There are hundreds of different types and you can get an apprenticeship in almost any career.
The most common apprenticeships in the Wokingham and surrounding areas are:
- Active Learning and Leisure
- Business Administration
- Customer Service
- Health and Social Care
- Hospitality and Catering
- IT and Telecoms
- Vehicle Maintenance
- Social Digital Media
But there are lots of other Apprenticeship opportunities in:
- Beauty Therapy
- Teaching Assistant
- Warehouse and Distribution
- Construction and Building
- Public Safety
- Food preparation and serving