Apprenticeships are a popular pathway choice for students where they can combine working in a paid job with training in a classroom-based environment such as a college, university or training provider. Usually, an apprentice would spend four days per week working within an organisation and study at a college or a training provider for one day. However, this structure varies depending on the apprenticeship. Apprentices receive a contract, apprenticeship salary and various benefits similar to employees within the organisation that they are part of. The organisation also funds the training element of the apprenticeship.
There is a myth that apprenticeships are only available in certain industries such as construction or hair and beauty. Apprenticeships are, however, available across a wide range of sectors and are very popular in most industries. Successfully completed apprenticeships lead to nationally recognised qualifications and, most importantly, employers usually retain apprentices in permanent positions within the organisation after the apprenticeship has been completed.
To support your search in finding an apprenticeship, it is important that you are registered with an apprenticeship search tool such as the Find an Apprenticeship Website. The website is one of the main search engines which includes current opportunities. Once registered, students can set up alerts to inform them when suitable apprenticeships are advertised.
Year 11 students should be seeking apprenticeships up to and including Level 3, depending on individual entry requirements, as featured in each opportunity. Apprenticeships may also be referred to as Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3).
Year 13 students should be seeking apprenticeships up to and including level 7, depending on individual entry requirements, as featured in each opportunity. Apprenticeships may also be referred to as Degree (level 6 and 7), Higher (levels 4-6) and Advanced (level 3). Students in Year 13 might consider applying for higher and degree apprenticeships, however depending on the opportunity may wish to make a sideways move and apply for an advanced apprenticeship to progress into an industry of interest.
Please find a step by step guide to applying for an apprenticeship through the Find an Apprenticeship website here. Apprenticeships are advertised by organisations throughout the year. There is not a fixed time when apprenticeships are advertised. Apprenticeships can appear live on the website for August/September start dates at any point throughout the year. The most common advertising period however is from February onwards and in some cases with immediate starts as the Summer Holidays commence. However, some organisations advertise up to a year in advance of a start date. Year 11 students aspiring to secure an apprenticeship from August/September of this year, should set aside time regularly, each week, to check the Find an Apprenticeship website and make applications accordingly. We recommend that finding an apprenticeship runs alongside applications to Sixth Forms and/or Colleges to provide students with maximum opportunities and back-up options, if they are unsuccessful in finding an apprenticeship by September.
This short video provides further information about apprenticeships in various industries. You can access the video here.
Ask Apprenticeships have created a huge range of resources for students, including the Think Apprenticeships Subject Films, a short and engaging series covering twelve school subjects and the many apprenticeship roles they link to.
Ask Apprenticeships host seminars providing information to support parents and carers with finding an apprenticeship which are advertised on an ongoing basis. Places can be reserved here.
Are an organisation set up to promote apprenticeships to schools, students, parent/carers and employers. ASK support Darrick Wood School in a variety of ways including assembly presentations and workshop.
Are a popular pathway choice for students where they can combine working in a paid job with training in a classroom-based environment such as a college, university or training provider.
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