Apprenticeships allow young people to combine practical work experience and training, with studying. Apprentices work alongside experienced staff, gain job-specific skills, earn a wage and study (usually 1 day a week) towards a relevant qualification.

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Apprenticeships are available in almost every sector; over 170 industries offer them in over 1,500 job roles. However, the most common areas are agriculture, arts and media, business and administration, construction, education, engineering, health care, ICT, leisure and tourism, and retail.

Apprenticeships can last anywhere between 12 months and four years depending on the level, the industry and your child’s ability. The content of an apprenticeship can also differ hugely as can the salary. However, all apprenticeships must include the following:

  • At least 30 hours a week employment at or above minimum wage.
  • A competence-based qualification (eg. NVQ)
  • A skills-based qualification (eg. BTEC)
  • Transferable skills training in areas such as Maths and English

All apprenticeships lead to a nationally recognised qualification approved by Ofqual and are respected by employers around the world. To find out more about the qualifications your child could gain see the Apprenticeship Qualifications page.

To be eligible for an apprenticeship, your child has to be over the age of 16 and not in full-time education. They may also need certain qualifications depending on the level of the apprenticeship.

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