What is an apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships - 8 Key facts you need to know
Finding the best apprenticeships for you - top tips to help you know when and where to look
How Apprenticeships Work
On an apprenticeship, you are both employed to do a real job whilst also studying for a formal qualification, either in a training centre or a college. By the end of your apprenticeship, you can progress onto the next apprenticeship level or will hopefully have developed enough to help you succeed in your chosen career.
There are four different levels of apprenticeship:
- Intermediate - equivalent to five good GCSE passes. Option at 16 for students who did not achieve 5 GCSE subjects.
- Advanced - equivalent to two A Level passes. Option at 16 for those who wish to move onto higher qualifications but who do not wish to stay in full time education for A Levels or BTECs.
- Higher - equivalent to the first stages of higher education, such as a foundation degree. Option at 18 after A Level study.
- Degree - comparable to a Bachelors or Masters degree. Option at 18 after A Level study. For more information on degree apprenticeships, please click on this link.
For more information on the apprenticeships levels, please click on this link.
To discover the amazing world of apprenticeships, watch the short film below:
Post 16 Apprenticeships
What are apprenticeships, what's needed to get on one, how do you apply?
Apprenticeships for 16 year olds
Choosing an apprenticeship at 16
For students thinking about future pathways in Apprenticeships when they get to Years 12 and 13
The 'Which Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships' and the 'Interactive Student Guide 2020' below explain in more detail about Apprenticeships for students after Sixth Form. Click on the images to access the documents from the UCAS and Amazing Apprenticeship websites.
General Advice and Guidance from 'Amazing Apprenticeships'
Below are a number of websites which will give further information about apprenticeships:
Not Going To Uni
Find an Apprenticeship - Government website
Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers Fact Sheet
Parents’ and Carers’ Pack Apprenticeship Information
Parents’ and Carers’ Pack Apprenticeship www.amazingapprenticeships.com. Click on the images for each month to download the packs released this academic year.
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|In June this edition celebrates pride month with tips on finding a LGBT+ inclusive employer, explores T Levels in science and provides insight into apprenticeships in the food and drink industry.
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|In the March issue we look at International Women’s Day, preparing for virtual recruitment, new T Levels film, apprenticeships in the fashion industry, SEND post-16 options and more! Please help to share widely through your parentmail channels.
| In the February issue we provide you with details on how you can catch up on some of the exciting events you may have missed. We also hear from Steve Latus, Head of Traineeships at the Department for Education, who answers some more of our most commonly asked questions to helps us all gain a better understanding of Traineeships. There are also items from employers, AstraZeneca and Willis Towers Watson, and from Zoe who is an apprentice at Santander.
|The January edition includes how to get prepared for National Apprenticeship Week 2021, a 10-step plan for finding an apprenticeship in 2021, new Traineeship resources and information, the latest T Level information, a guide to Higher and Degree apprenticeships, Life as a new apprentice at the BBC, End Point Assessment flexibilities, new apprenticeship standards and more.
|In the December issue we look at the benefits of volunteering, Post-16 SEND options, The Government Economic Service degree apprenticeship programme, T Level subjects coming soon, BAME & NAA award winners, Traineeships FAQs, Job coach support and more!
| In the November issue we look at the regional Apprenticeship Awards, WorldSkills UK Live, Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers, a Traineeship case study, apprenticeships in traditional trade areas and more!
|In the October issue we look at the differences between T Levels, traineeships and apprenticeships, dyslexia support, the BAME Awards 2020, apprenticeships in engineering, Top 100 Employers, life as a mature apprentice with the NHS and much more.
|The September Parents’ and Carers’ Pack looks at preparing for a new school year, T Levels, Careers in Coding, supporting disabled individuals to access apprenticeships, Life as a Healthcare Apprentice, Apprenticeships with Travis Perkins, and much more.