What are apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes that combine practical, on-the-job experience with off-the-job learning.
What are the benefits of apprenticeships?
As an employer, you will benefit through nurturing the skills and knowledge required in your particular industry or sector. Your apprentices will be immersed within your organisational culture and understand the way your business runs. All of this will help with your future workforce planning and staff retention.
As an apprentice, you will gain by learning valuable skills and experience 'on the job' alongside off-the-job activities, such as assessments, research, personal reflection and more formal classroom activities. You'll usually study for a nationally recognised qualification at the same time as being employed for a minimum of one year. You'll be paid at least the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices for the duration of your apprenticeship programme.
Who can do apprenticeships?
Apprenticeships are generally seen as opportunities for young school or college leavers, but in fact they can be undertaken by anyone of working age and are often used by employers to enhance the skills and knowledge of existing employees.
For more information about apprenticeships, please make your selection from the links below:
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- Learner information
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- Pre-apprenticeship options
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