An apprenticeship is when an individual works and learns at the same time. As an apprentice, you will be working in a real job where you will be employed by a company, have a contract of employment, get paid a salary and be entitled to all of the statutory benefits such as holiday and sick pay.

What makes an apprenticeship different to other jobs?

What makes an apprenticeship different to another job is that you will also be working towards a package of qualifications alongside your job. These qualifications will be directly relevant to the job that you are doing, whatever role you are working in.

What kind of apprenticeships are there?

There are apprenticeships available at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree levels. These cover more than 1,500 job roles across 170 industries, from Nursing to Graphic Design, Horticulture to Electric Vehicle Engineering, Advertising to Nuclear Decommissioning. Up to 27,000 quality apprenticeship vacancies are available online at any one time.

It is really common that lots of people think that apprenticeships are only available in a limited number of job roles and only in certain sectors like construction or retail. But this isn't true – there are literally thousands of jobs out there working in all sorts of different exciting organisations.

Which companies offer apprenticeships?

It could be that you end up working with a large company who you might have heard of before, or it could be that you end up working with a smaller business that you may not have heard of before. It's important you do your research and see what you can find out about the company before you start applying. Some companies that look really small can have amazing opportunities for their apprentices where you might work on some really innovative and creative projects, or even travelling overseas.

The opportunities will be fantastic and research conducted by the National Apprenticeship Service shows that more than 90% of apprentices stay in employment at the end of their apprenticeship.

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