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Some basic facts about the apprenticeship scheme – could it help you step into work?

What is an apprenticeship?

  • An apprenticeship is a way of learning new skills and qualifications whilst being employed at the same time
  • Normally apprentices receive training one day a week which contributes towards completing nationally recognized qualifications
  • Apprenticeships normally last between one and four years

Why should I consider an apprenticeship?

  • By starting an apprenticeship you will receive a salary, get paid holidays, receive training, gain qualifications and learn job specific skills
  • It allows you to enter the world of work while continuing studying
  • There are many different apprenticeship schemes in almost every sector of work
  • Anyone over the age of 16 can apply which means he opportunity is open to all

Is an apprenticeship the right option for me?

  • As they combine practical work with training and classroom learning, apprenticeships require you to have a flexible approach and the ability to work on more than one thing at the same time
  • There may be a requirement to take exams and do coursework
  • Apprenticeships do require a broad and flexible approach, but your employer will be there to support you, and give you advice and guidance

Where can I get more information about available apprenticeships?

  • There is a centralised government website at www.apprenticeships.org.uk that has all available apprenticeship schemes listed along with tips and advice
  • Connexions (for people aged up to 19) provide information about apprenticeships and you can speak to an advisor face to face or on the telephone, or visit their website at www.connexions-direct.com