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If you have achieved 5 good GCSES (grades A*-C) and good post 16 results at Level 3 (A levels, BTECs, Advanced Apprenticeship, etc.) you might be interested in looking at an Higher Apprenticeship.
A Higher Apprenticeship is similar to other apprenticeships; it gives you the chance to build up practical work experience while progressing academically up to a higher education level, all whilst being paid a decent salary.
Higher Apprenticeships offer existing apprentices, employees and school/college leavers a different route to traditional university study.
In the last academic year thousands of people started a Higher Apprenticeship in one of 75+ employment areas and numbers are growing rapidly.
Employers in England (a study by ICM Research shows) rate qualified higher apprentices as 25 per cent more employable than those who took an alternative route into work.
Higher Apprenticeships involve a combination of learning on-the-job, working alongside experienced colleagues, with off-the-job training at a college, training provider or university.
As a higher apprentice you might find your off-the-job training to be:
If you are 16-18 you will earn at least the minimum wage for apprentices which is £3.50 an hour, but many companies pay more. The salary of a higher apprentice does vary, but you could expect to start on a salary of around £10,000 per year, increasing every year and even rising up to £25,000 on completion. Also, you will get a higher level qualification without having a debt as your tutition fees will be paid by the employer and the government.
To search for Higher Apprenticeship vacancies, go to Find an Apprenticeship. Enter a keyword, which could include job title or employer name and select' Higher' for Apprenticeship level. Don't forget to select a location or use your postcode to get vacancies in a particular area.
You might also want to look at the Finding an Apprenticeship section for more helpful advice on how you can search for opportunities.
Look at an A - Z list of all available apprenticeships and their levels.
Below is a summary of some of the sectors offering Higher Apprenticeships.
You can also find out more about how you can earn while you learn on a Higher Apprenticeship by watching this short film.
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