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Apprenticeships – a clear choice


Apprenticeships are valued by employers all over the UK as they show candidates have job-specific skills.

An apprenticeship is a real job with training. The world is changing fast and to get ahead these days you need the right skills, but you don’t need to sit in a classroom all day to get them. Apprenticeships are another option and give young people the opportunity to earn while they learn, gaining a variety of skills.

Apprenticeships are increasingly known as the gold standard for work-based learning. There are three levels:

  • Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2)
  • Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
  • Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4 and above)

There are around 250 types of apprenticeships suitable for over 1,200 job roles, in a range of industry sectors, from marketing, to accountancy, veterinary nursing, electric and vehicle engineering.

Apprenticeships can take between one and six years to complete depending on the level of apprenticeship, the apprentice’s ability and the industry sector.

Apprenticeships are open to all age groups above 16 years old – whether they are just leaving school, have been working for years or are seeking to start a new career. Competition for places with employers can be fierce, so you will need to show that you are committed and aware of your responsibilities to the company who would employ you.

  • Earn a salary – an average is £170 per week
  • Career progression – many employers recognise and value apprenticeships
  • Achieve nationally recognised qualifications on some apprenticeship programmes
  • Learn job-specific skills
  • Enjoy quality training

Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are also very rewarding. Once you have qualified, you will be highly employable because apprenticeships train people in the skills employers want. When you’ve completed your apprenticeship you can carry on working, maybe get promoted, or go on to Higher Education in a college or university.

Apprenticeships have been developed in a wide range of industry sectors and are available with a wide range of employers – from small to larger national companies.

Go to, the apprenticeship vacancies website. It gives potential apprentices the opportunity to search and apply for vacancies. Look through thousands of jobs available in a variety of industry sectors across England.


About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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