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What is an Apprenticeship?
It’s a proper job. Fact. You get experience and skills in a sector you choose, and from the start you get paid, including holidays. Not bad?

There are a lot of sectors - engineering, construction, retail, childcare and more (link to range of apprenticeships). So you get the chance to start a real career in a sector you want.

You need to be at least 16 and not in full-time education.

You’ll have to graft, no messing – you’ll have a boss, you’re being taught but you’ve everything to gain from it.

It’ll last for between 1-4 years and can be at different levels - intermediate, advanced and higher - depending on your existing qualifications. Don’t worry if you don’t have many qualifications – you might still get an apprenticeship after first doing a Traineeship or a Study Programme (see below)

There you go, that’s an Apprenticeship.


What is a Traineeship?
Traineeships help young people to develop the skills needed for apprenticeships and sustainable employment.  A traineeship consists of a work experience placement, work preparation training and support with English and Maths for those who need it.


What is a ‘Study Programme’?
Study Programmes are for 16-19 year olds, tailored to your individual needs and designed to open up options for future study or work. They will involve a mix of study and more practical activity – you will take at least one qualification you need to progress, but will also get work experience and learn what is expected of you in the workplace.