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There are lots of benefits to doing an apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn and learn in a way that is best suited to you. As an apprentice you:
Apprentices do real jobs for real employers. So you’re paid while you learn. As your skills develop, your pay will increase accordingly. You may also get additional money for essential books, clothing or equipment, or to help you with a disability.
Apprenticeships have been developed by a wide range of sectors and are available in many different workplaces, from large national companies such as British Gas, BMW and Orange to smaller local companies. There are more than 200 different types of Apprenticeships available offering over 1,500 job roles. The right one for you will depend on your interests, your experience and the opportunities in your area.
Quality is key to apprenticeships: All apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.
As an apprentice you will not be asked to contribute financially towards the cost of your Intermediate or Advanced Apprenticeship training. It is expected that the cost will be met by employers and the government.
Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills. Employers recognise and value apprenticeships as they show that you’ve been trained in the skills they need.
Apprentices are supported by their employer and training provider. They ensure your training fits your requirements, offers the skills needed for the job and satisfies national standards. They will also be there to help you through any difficult times.
Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding. Apprenticeships train you in the skills employers want so they give you choices in your career. Your learning doesn’t have to stop at the Intermediate, Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship level, you could go on to further study e.g. for a Honours Degree, or other higher level qualifications.
After finishing an apprenticeship the majority of apprentices (85%) stay in employment and most (64%) stay with the same employer. A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job.
Source: Evaluation of Apprenticeships for Learners, BIS, May 2012.
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