What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a real job that combines working with studying to gain skills, knowledge and experience in a specific role.
For employers they are an ideal way to make sure they have the skills their business needs. Apprentices can be new or current employees, provided they are aged 16 or above. They can also be part-time employees.
For Apprentices, they can be a great way to start or progress in a career, gain new skills and experience and get qualified up to degree and masters level, all while being paid.
Apprentices must spend at least 20% of their time in what’s called ‘off-the-job’ training and they last for a minimum of one year. They are supported and assessed as part of their apprenticeship.
In most cases 95% of training and assessment costs are met by the Government. This can equate to a Government investment of up to £25,650 per apprentice for some higher level apprenticeships