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Employers: See how your business can benefit from an apprentice
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 National Apprenticeship Service website where employers list their apprenticeship vacancies or find 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 Apprenticeship training programme is fully funded for 16-18 year olds. For Apprentices aged over 19 years old, employers are required to contribute towards your training costs. You will need to be living in England, not be taking part in full-time education or hold a degree.
The Apprenticeship route is definitely better suited to me than university because it has meant I didn’t have to move away to study, so instead of paying to get a qualification I’m being paid to get one!