Apprenticeships are open to all age groups ranging from school leavers to people who have been in employment for years and are seeking a new career. They enable you to work and earn a wage, while learning new skills and knowledge. You will work towards a work-based qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) at Level 2 and other nationally recognised qualifications.
An Apprenticeship helps you to develop the skills you need for your chosen career and provides progression on to Apprenticeships at higher levels such as the Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3 or Higher Apprenticeships at Level 4 and above, in industries where the frameworks are available. More Higher Apprenticeships are being developed to allow those that chose this work based route to progress right up to Degree equivalent level - Level 4 or 5 in the industry of their choice.
Apprenticeships are made up of three elements:
Employers all over the country recognise the value of Apprenticeships as they show that you’ve been trained in the skills they need. They take between 1 to 3 years to complete depending on the Apprenticeship Level and sector that you choose to work in. For a wide range of detailed information about Apprenticeships visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk.
The site contains case studies and views of current and past apprentices and employers, so you can get a really good idea of what is involved from those who have experienced them first hand.
How to apply for an Apprenticeship?
To find out which Apprenticeships are available in Derbyshire and nationally visit www.apprenticeships.org.uk to Register, Search and Apply for vacancies on-line or contact the National Apprenticeship Hotline on 08000 150 600. Registration costs nothing and you will not be contacted unless you set up an Alert to inform you when vacancies become available, or if you apply for one of the many vacancies available. So it is useful to see if an Apprenticeship could be the career choice for you.
You will also be able to search for Apprenticeships that match your interests by occupation/job role; employer; keyword; learning provider; location/postcode
You will also be able to:
Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding. When you have completed your Apprenticeship or Advanced Apprenticeship you can carry on working, may be get promoted or go on to higher education in a college or university. This diagram represents the progression routes available to you with an Apprenticeship.
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