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What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a nationally recognised qualification, giving you the change to combine hands-on training with academic study.

Apprenticeships combine hands-on training with academic study to make for a well-rounded qualification – great if you want to get ahead in a particular industry.

On a typical apprenticeship, you spend one day a week in college and four in the workplace. They last for between 12 and 18 months, and you can study from Levels 2 to 4.

You’ll be treated like an employee and you’ll be expected to treat the placement like a real job – being professional and showing commitment to improving your skills. In return, you’ll get real workplace benefits, such as sick pay, holiday pay and, of course, a wage.

The minimum wage for an Apprentice is currently £3.90 although many employers pay over this (which is great news for you!), and not only will you be paid a salary you will also earn a nationally-recognised qualification when you finish.