What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a real job with training… so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go. Apprenticeships are aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 24 or adults aged 25 and over.
As an apprentice you’ll be employed and will study for a qualification with the full support and commitment of your employer. Apprenticeships involve a mix of classroom learning and practical hands-on experience in various settings. People who have been in a particular industry for a while, but have a new job role, may also be considered for an apprenticeship.
Key benefits of an apprenticeship
- Earn a salary while you learn, as well as other employee benefits.
- Progress your career – Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.
- Achieve sought-after qualifications – apprenticeships are the gold standard for work-based learning, and you can gain valuable workplace skills and experience.
- Learn job-specific skills – your employer will provide ‘on the job’ training. You’ll work alongside them and learn the ropes from inside the business.
- Get paid holidays.
The industry sectors they cover include:
Art and Design, Accountancy, Business Administration, Construction, Computing and IT, Customer Service, Energy, Engineering, Food and Drink, Hairdressing, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, Leadership and Coaching, Manufacturing, the Motor Industry, Performing Arts, Retail, Science, Sports Management, Supporting in Schools, Working with Children.
What types of Apprenticeship are there?
There are three types of Apprenticeship you can apply for depending on your current skills and qualifications:
1 – Intermediate Level Apprenticeships, where you would work towards Level 2 qualifications and Functional Skills.
2 – Advanced Level Apprenticeships, where you would work towards Level 3 qualifications and Functional Skills.
3 – Higher Apprenticeships, give you the opportunity to gain level 4 qualifications and, in some cases, work towards a knowledge-based qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
To find out more about how to apply for apprenticeships, and apprenticeship vacancies in the area visit the Apprenticeship Vacancies Matching Service and register with the apprenticeship vacancy matching service.
Download the National Apprenticeship Service's employer guide to Apprenticeship recruitment.Right click to download pdf
We would like to hear from businesses who are interested in employing apprentices.
Email us or call us on 01225 716890
For more information on becoming an apprentice in Wiltshire
Call us on 01225 716890 or call the Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Training Provider Network on 01793 638090