To get your career started you usually need a combination of experience and qualifications. An apprenticeship gives you both by combining on the job training with study (usually one day a week) meaning you can earn while you learn. With some apprenticeships you can even get a degree.
It usually takes between one and four years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which level you take. Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and many high quality, prestigious companies offer them.
If you have no work experience on your CV, or you’d like to get a taster of a particular job or industry, you might like to consider work experience first.
HOW MUCH CAN YOU EARN?
The minimum wage for apprentices aged 16-18 is £3.50 per hour. The same applies if you’re 19 and over and in the first year of your apprenticeship, after that you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. However many employers pay more than this.
Pay is dependent on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship, for example some higher apprenticeships can pay as much as £500 per week.
WHAT DO EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR?
...punctuality, reliability and having a real interest in the job, coupled with a willingness to learn.
Many employers also value any voluntary work experience, especially if it relates to that particular role or sector.
- Julie Taylor,
National Careers Service adviser
THINKING OF APPLYING?
There are three steps to finding and applying for an apprenticeship.
Select ‘Find an Apprenticeship’ at the bottom of the page.
This will take you to a site where you can search through loads of apprenticeship opportunities.
Once you've found an apprenticeship you’d like to do, create an account and submit your application.
After you apply it’s important to be prepared for your interview, by making sure you know all about the company you are applying for and the role you’d be doing.
There’s support available to help you before and during your apprenticeship. The National Careers Service provides information about learning and work, with a helpline giving professional advice on making the right choices.
The National Careers Service also offers useful tips when making your apprenticeship applications.
And there’s even a webchat service so you can have your questions answered straight away.