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What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is simply formal on-the-job learning. This means that you get essential hands-on work experience while also earning a real salary – and to top it all off you get to take home a qualification as well.

There are loads of options for you to consider. Apprenticeships can be taken in almost every industry you can think of and can take place anywhere from huge global organisations to small family businesses. With standardised guidance on the skills you need to learn for your subject, you can be sure that the experience you gain will set you up for life.

The question to ask yourself is: what do you want to do for a career?

What does an Apprenticeship give you?

  • A real paid job (and no tuition fees)
  • 20% off the job learning at a registered further education institute
  • A certificate of training that proves your knowledge, skills and behaviour
  • A great opportunity to forge your own career path – and earn even more in the future

Did you know that in 2017 organisations took on over 250,000 apprentices in England alone?

One of the most important things to remember is that the skills you learn on an Apprenticeship are equal to going to college or university. Check out the list below to see how different apprenticeship levels correspond to traditional education…

NameLevelTraditional Equivalent
Advanced3A Level
Higher4, 5, 6, 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6, 7Bachelor's or master's degree

As well as the levels set out above, some apprenticeships may even give you additional qualifications like a diploma. So that’s work experience and a real qualification – all while earning a full-time wage!

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