National Apprenticeship Week is a week used to celebrate the value and diversity of apprenticeships and the ways in which it can open up career paths to more and more people. It celebrates not only the opportunities for people taking an apprenticeship, but the employers providing them, the benefits to both parties and the impact on the wider community.
Throughout the week employers, schools etc have been hosting events with panels, tours and informative talks to promote apprenticeships, with teachers, parents, students and employers all getting involved! This is the first year NAW will continue into the weekend so if you haven’t already got involved or visited and event; go check it out this weekend!
Also don’t forget to use #NAW2020 and #Lookbeyond if you share what’s happening on social media. It’s a brilliant way to get the word out to more people and a valuable tool for apprenticeship promotion across the nation.
> Apprenticeships combine study with practical training in a work environment
> You get time allowed to study content relevant to your position
> You will earn a wage and get paid holiday!
> Work alongside people who are experienced in their field
> Develop important and relevant skills
> Length of apprenticeship varies from 1 to 5 years depending on the level
> To apply you must be 16 or over, live in England and not be in full time education when you plan on starting it
It may be that you feel like you’re not ready for an apprenticeship yet. If that is the case but you still want to make progress with your education/career, trainee-ships like the one currently advertised on our jobs page can be a great stepping stone – go take a look!
Apprenticeships will get you on the job ladder, often with full time employment opportunities available at the organisation you train with after completing the course, or if not by giving you a widely recognised qualification that proves you have certain skills and abilities. You’re training will be funded by the government and employer collaboratively, and you will come away with pay from day one.
The minimum apprentice wage for 16-18 yo is £3.90, however many companies pay much more than this and salary increases if you are in an older age group. It can also be a great pathway to follow if you’ve had a gap in your work life or want to switch to a different industry without losing all earnings.
Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels...
Name Level Equivalent Educational Level
Intermediate 2 GCSE
Advanced 3 A level
Higher 4,5,6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree
For more information about apprenticeships go to https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/ .