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2. Apprenticeships


An apprenticeship helps to 'learn on the job. Young people can earn a wage and study at the same time. When a young person completes an apprenticeship, they have experience and qualifications which helps with finding a job.  


What qualifications do you need to do an apprenticeship? 

The employer decides if there is any criteria that must be met before applying. Some employers may ask for GCSE in Maths or English. The general rule is that apprenticeships are open to anyone over age 16.


What qualification levels and subjects are there? 

The qualification levels are:

  • Intermediate (Level 2);
  • Advanced (Level 3);
  • Higher (Level 4/5/6/7).

Apprenticeships are offered in a variety of areas including the following:

  • Accountancy;
  • Beauty Therapy;
  • Civil Engineering;
  • Child Care;
  • Customer Service;
  • Dental nursing;
  • Electrical Installation;
  • Hairdressing;
  • Health and Social Care;
  • IT;
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Plastering;
  • Plumbing;
  • Retail;
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning;
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Repair;
  • Welding and Fabrication.

When completing an apprenticeship the government made English and Maths and extra requirement (something must be achieved to complete the apprenticeship). If a young person has/had an Educational Health and Care plan (EHC), there may be some flexibility around the Math and English requirement. This can be discussed with your employer or training provider. 


How do apprenticeships work? 

Apprenticeships involve working and studying, and at least 20% of the time will be 'off the job training'.  If the course is run through the college, the young person may be able to apply for an NUS student card but would still be legally classed as an employee rather than a student.

The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.90 for those under the age of 19 or over but in first year of apprenticeship.  An apprentice is also entitled to 20 days paid holiday a year, plus bank holidays.


How do I become an apprentice?

The first step to becoming an apprentice is to search for an opportunity. You can search nationally using the database of apprenticeships, or you can contact the National Apprenticeship Helpdesk:

Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) have instructions and options for apprenticeships available on their webpage. The LCC Jobsite also contains a list of all apprenticeships available within the council.

Collegessixth forms and universities may also offer apprenticeships as options or parts of their courses. 

Jobsites can also be used to search for apprenticeships. There are some examples below, but there are many different job websites available.

The National Careers Service has advice on writing applications and what to do during interviews.

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