An apprenticeship is a great way to learn a trade either as an employee working alongside experienced staff or on a day-release basis. You can develop practical skills working on-site with experienced employees supported by a training course.
As an apprentice you’ll earn a salary and also be entitled to paid holidays. At the end of your apprenticeship you’ll have not only gained a qualification but valuable workplace skills and experience. There’s also a chance that you’ll have secured full time employment when your apprenticeship finishes too – many apprentices go on to work for their employer on a permanent basis.
The application process varies depending on the apprenticeship you are applying for. For some apprenticeship courses you may have to first undertake an aptitude test which is followed by a formal interview.
You can approach local businesses directly about apprenticeship opportunities and once you’ve signed up to the Skills Platform, you will also be able to see any apprenticeship vacancies advertised.
Visit the apprenticeship website for more information:
A traineeship is a course with work experience that gets you ready for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months.
You can apply if you’re:
- eligible to work in England
- unemployed and have little or no work experience
- aged 16 to 24 and qualified below Level 3
You may be ready for an apprenticeship if you already have some work experience.
- a work experience placement
- help with English and Maths (if you need it)
You won’t be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.
Visit the traineeship website for more information: