City : Apprenticeships and Traineeships : What is an Apprenticeship?
What do the words mean?
Some of the specifics of an apprenticeship can be confusing, so below we've listed some of the jargon surrounding apprenticeships and exactly they mean...
An apprenticeship is a real job, with a real employer, for anyone 16 + who isn't in full-time education.
It involves at least 30 hours work a week alongside some college-based learning, and can last from a minimum of 12 months to three years, or more.
Because an apprenticeship is a real job, you do get paid!
Your wage is the set amount that you're payed and what you recieve will depend on your age, the employer, the job, and the area.
Visit the Gov.uk National Apprenticeships website to find out the current pay rates and rights for apprentices.
With an apprenticeship you get two forms of training:
On-the-job training from your employer - you'll be learning the skills of the job as you work.
You'll also learn some of your key skills at college or a learning centre - usually this is a day or two a week!
At the end of your apprenticeship you'll earn a recognised qualification.
Qualifications can be earned at four different levels:
1) Intermediate: Level 2 - GCSE equivalent.
2) Advanced: Level 3 - A level equivalent.
3) Higher: Level 4 to 7 - Foundation Degree and above equivalent.
4) Degree: Levels 6 and 7 - Bachelor's or Master's Degree equivalent.
If you're 16-24 and not yet experienced enough to apply for an apprenticeship, you can do a traineeship.
Traineeships can last up to 6 months and include unpaid work experience, giving you skills that you can carry forward in to an apprenticeship. Find out more on the GOV.UK website.