What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are an exciting option, you get hands on training and also the chance to put your skills into practice you combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. You’ll be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. By the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll hopefully have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.
Apprenticeships are available at multiple levels. From school leavers, people upskilling in their careers and complete career changes. There are hundreds to choose from and some include a qualification, like a degree.
What you’ll earn:
What you earn will depend on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship you choose.
If you’re aged 16 to 18 or in the first year of your apprenticeship, you’re entitled to the apprentice rate.
If you’re 19 or over and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship, you’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage.
This is the minimum you’ll earn – many employers pay a lot more and offer their apprentices a competitive salary.
What it costs:
Apprenticeships are funded from contributions made by the government and your employer. This means you will not have any student loans or tuition fees.
You will just need to cover the cost of your day-to-day expenses, such as lunch and travel.
If you are 16 – 24 and a care leaver, you’ll receive a £1,000 bursary payment to support you in the first year of your apprenticeship.
To search for local apprenticeships
Use the link below to access a range of short video clips to show how apprenticeships link to your favourite subjects:
Listen to some real life apprenticeship stories:
If you require further support please contact our careers team at Archbishop Blanch.