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Apprentices –

Earn while you learn
and get a real qualification

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THE BENEFITS

Why Apprenticeships?

Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.

Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice.

Earn while you learn

All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage.

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A real qualification

All Apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.

THE RIGHT APPRENTICESHIP FOR YOU

What types of Apprenticeship are there?

There are four types of apprenticeships you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications:

  1. Intermediate Level Apprenticeships Level 2
    (equivalent to 5 GCSE Grades A-C)
  2. Advanced Level Apprenticeships Level 3
    (equivalent to 2 A levels)
  3. Higher Apprenticeships Level 4 and 5
    Level 4 is equivalent to the first year of an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Level 5 is equivalent to a foundation degree, or a Higher National Diploma (HND).
  4. Degree Level Apprenticeships Level 6 and 7
    Level 6 is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree and Level 7 is equivalent to a master’s degree.

Earn while you learn

All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage but many employers will pay more!

The apprentice will never have to pay for their training as apprenticeship costs are paid for by the employer and/or government.

A real job

All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from in exceptional circumstances.
Most of an apprentice’s paid time will be spent on-the-job, where they will learn new skills and gain practical experience of the workplace.

Over 150,000 employers are offering Apprenticeships in more than 200,000 locations.

Apprenticeships range from level 2 (equivalent to GCSE’s) right up to level 7 (the equivalent of a master’s), covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles, from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning.

A real qualification

At least 20% of an Apprentices working hours will include paid off-the-job learning to contribute towards the apprentice gaining valuable skills and qualifications.

Quality is key to Apprenticeships. All Apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.

Most apprenticeships will take between 1 and 4 years to complete depending on the level and delivery model of the apprenticeship

A real future

After finishing, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer.

A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job.

Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.

Inclusive Apprenticeships

An Inclusive Apprenticeship is a flexible, bespoke programme designed for those with additional learning needs and disabilities. Almost all Apprenticeships can be made accessible and having additional needs shouldn’t restrict people’s employment opportunities.

An Inclusive Apprenticeship is for learners with a current or historic Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Statement of Educational Need (SEN), inclusive apprenticeships ensure adjustments are made to make them accessible.

More information about Inclusive Apprenticeships can be found on the Worcestershire County Council Skills 4 Worcestershire Website: Apprenticeships and SEND | Worcestershire County Council

Are you looking for an Apprenticeship?

You can find all the current apprenticeship vacancies in Worcestershire via the Worcestershire Jobs website.

The website also lists all the available jobs and training available in the county.

Utilise this free tool to help discover your dream apprenticeship today – https://www.worcestershirejobs.co.uk/opportunities/apprenticeships/