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Apprenticeships are for anyone over 16 years old, whether you’re just leaving school, have been working for years or looking to start a new career. Apprentices do real jobs for real employers, so you’re paid while you learn. The minimum hourly rate is £3.50, however, many apprentices earn significantly more than that.

Apprentices work alongside experienced staff to gain job specific skills and attend college, usually on a day-release basis, receiving training towards nationally-recognised qualifications.

The 'Get In Go Far' campaign website has a lot of useful information to inspire young people to consider an Apprenticeship. There is also a guide to apprenticeships and a parent’s guide to apprenticeships.

Apprentices need an employer and as competition for these places is tough, you will need to show commitment and enthusiasm. You can help to make this happen by regularly checking the gov.uk site where employers list their apprenticeship vacancies or increase your chances by finding your own employer with our handy guide.

Is transport a problem? Wheels 2 Work is a scheme that can help apprentices travel to work.

The Government fund Apprenticeships, so there is no cost to you. In some cases, employers are expected to pay a contribution dependent on their size and your age, but the College deal directly with the employers for that. In order for you to be eligible, you need to be working for an employer either based in England, or primarily working in England. 

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Completing an Apprenticeship is great as you’re earning and learning on the job and get to physically fix real life scenarios.

Robert Jones
Robert Jones
Intermediate Apprentice in Light Vehicle Maintenance Repair at West Midlands Ambulance Service