What’s an apprenticeship?
There are a lot of myths regarding apprenticeships. Lots of people think they are only for trades like builder, joiner, mechanic.
Most people don’t realise that an apprenticeship can lead to a degree – and in some companies, your degree paying for by your employer (tuition fees are currently around £9000 per year for University).
✓ No formal qualifications. This would be an option if you didn’t get any grades 9-4/5. Once you complete a traineeship, you can move onto an intermediate apprenticeship.
- INTERMEDIATE APPRENTICESHIP
✓ Level two / once you’ve finished, it will be equivalent to 5 GCSE’s grades 9 – 4/5. This can lead onto an advanced apprenticeship. You would do this level if you didn’t get at least 3 GCSEs at grades 9- 4/5.
- ADVANCED APPRENTICESHIP
✓ Level three / once you’ve finished, it will be equivalent to 2 A Levels.
You would do this level if you did get 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4/5 including English and Maths.
- HIGHER APPRENTICESHIP
✓ Level 4-5 / equivalent to HNC, HND, Foundation Degree
- DEGREE APPRENTICESHIP
✓ Level 6-7 / equivalent to Degree, Masters Degree
If you are interested in an Apprenticeship then you need to get prepared. Apprenticeships aren’t the easy option. You need to:
- Find the apprenticeship;
- Write a good C.V and job application;
- Prepare for interview
- Attend the interview and be successful (you will be competing for the same post with other people)
- Also back up this plan with college and other training provider applications.
What are Traineeships?
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship levels explained
Finding the best apprenticeship for you
Rapid-Read: apprenticeship finances
Rapid-Read: how do I write a CV and why do I need one?
Apprenticeships Hints & Tips
How can school help:
- Make an appointment to see Dan Kane – he is the careers advisor and will be able to help you best.
- Get yourself ready with a professional C.V and practice for interview. See Dan Kane again if you need help with this.
- Make sure Dan knows that you are looking for an apprenticeship. He gets lots of adverts from employers looking for apprentices so if you are on their list, he can let you know.
Link to letter from DfE