As an apprentice you can earn a salary whilst studying for a nationally recognised qualification and getting 'on the job' training. It's a way to gain experience, strengthen your CV and build your career. There is a wide range of apprenticeships available to suit every skill and passion and the training provider will offer support for any additional needs.
It's a different way of learning compared to college or university, and you have the opportunity to get a qualification that will be valued by potential employers.
You can find out more about apprenticeships via the Find an Apprenticeship Service website.
Apprenticeships are available at different levels from intermediate to degree level and have different entry requirements depending on apprenticeship and industry sector. The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.40 per hour – although many employers pay more with the average weekly take home pay for an apprentice being £170. You will be expected to work a minimum of 30 hours per week but will get at least 20 days of paid holiday during the year plus bank holidays!
Apprenticeships can lead to fantastic career prospects - did you know that Jamie Oliver, John Frieda and Alexander McQueen all started out as apprentices?!
Benefits of doing an Apprenticeship
Short Earn a wage while learning
Medium Gain recognised qualifications and train for your future career
Long On average apprentices earn over £100,000 more than unqualified employees over the course of their career
Degree apprenticeships are a relatively new development for vocational higher education and can be very competitive. They combine full time paid work with free part time university study and are available in areas including aerospace engineering, construction, financial services and digital industries amongst others. They are a great way to work towards a degree without the worry of tuition fees. Employers currently offering degree apprenticeships include:
- BAE Systems
- Astra Zeneca
- J.P. Morgan
- Goldman Sachs
For more information please have a look at the Complete Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.
How to apply for an Apprenticeship - A guide packed full of hints and tips about how to work your way through registering,
searching and applying for your dream apprenticeship job
Find an Apprenticeship - Information from Gov.UK on how to search for an Apprenticeship
Amazing Apprenticeships - Resources for Parents, Teachers and Governors to find out about Apprenticeships
Association of Learning Providers in Surrey - Site dedicated to supporting Surrey learning providers
Apprenticeship Guide - All you need to know about Apprenticeships
A guide to Apprenticeships - A guide outlining information and benefits about apprenticeships as a key route into a successful career
Mental Health Support for Apprentices - Mental Health Support for Apprentices offered by Remploy
Surrey County Council Apprentice Scheme - Information on Surrey County Council's own Apprentice scheme.
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