Apprenticeships combine practical on-the-job training alongside studying work-related qualifications for those aged of 16 or above, living in England and not currently in full-time education.
Apprenticeships can take from one to four years to complete depending on your level of entry, and the type of apprenticeship you choose. The level that you start at will vary depending on your current skills, qualifications and experience. This information will usually be included in the apprenticeship vacancy advert or job description.
If you aren’t quite ready for an apprenticeship, a traineeship could help prepare you.
A Traineeship is an education and training programme with a work placement that is focused on providing young people aged between 16-24 with the skills and experience employers are looking for. Traineeships incorporate work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement.
Traineeships can last anything from six weeks to a maximum of six months with the content tailored to your individual needs, including:
- Work preparation training which ensures you are ready and have the confidence to take the first step in your career, such as an Apprenticeship.
- English and maths support to help give you the literacy and numeracy skills needed for the workplace. All young people undertaking a Traineeship will be required to study English and maths, unless they have achieved a GCSE grade 4 or above in those subjects or, for those aged 19-23 a GCSE grade C or above in those subjects or a functional skills qualification at level 2.
- A meaningful work experience placement which provides insight and experience of the work of work.
Once you have completed your Traineeship you could go on to secure an Apprenticeship or permanent employment.