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There are some new and unusual apprenticeships well worth considering.

Apprenticeships are nothing new. In fact they are very, very old really and have always represented a way of training up staff, let’s take a look at some of your questions about apprenticeships as well as a few of the newly approved standards.

Can I still get a degree if I do an apprenticeship?

Doing an apprenticeship has never meant that you cannot go on to study for a degree afterwards. This has often been misunderstood, although it is the case that many people who do an apprenticeship do not feel the need to study for a degree afterwards because they already have a job.

However, it has long been recognised that many young people want the best of both worlds – the hands on training and experience that you get as an apprentice, and the academic degree qualification, and, last September, Degree Apprenticeships were introduced.

Degree apprenticeships

Degree apprenticeships combine in work training and experience with part time study towards a degree qualification from an associated university.

An example of a degree apprenticeship is the Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Apprenticeship. This apprenticeship might see you employed as a software developer, business analyst or network engineer to name just a few job roles.

The apprenticeship is at Level 6 and takes 36 months to complete, at the end of which, all being well, you will have earned yourself a BSc (Hons) in Digital and Technical Solutions.

What qualifications do I need to do a Degree Apprenticeship?

Individual employers tend to set their own entry requirements for their apprentice programmes, but it will be quite usual for an employer to expect you to have three A-levels or a Level 3 National Diploma is a related subject. Sometimes an employer will want you to have a specific A-level. This is the case for the Digital and Technological Apprenticeship, which asks for A-level Maths.

I’ve got a degree; can I still do an apprenticeship?

The short answer to this is yes.  There are now several very exciting apprenticeships which you can do even if you already have a degree.

Postgraduate apprenticeship opportunities

New for this year and very exciting, is the introduction of the chance for those who already have a degree to benefit from an apprenticeship. For example, the Level 7 Apprenticeships in outside broadcasting, systems engineering, and the new solicitor’s apprenticeship all allow (if not ask for) for you to do this even if you have a degree and they allow you to gain postgraduate qualification.

New Apprenticeships

Some new and unusual apprenticeships have been introduced, such as:

The Actuarial Technician Apprenticeship

The Mechatronics Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship

The Bespoke Tailor and Cutter Apprenticeship

The Dental Technician Apprenticeship

The Cyber Intrusion Analyst Apprenticeship

The Unified Communications Trouble-shooter Apprenticeship

The Paraplanner Apprenticeship

And The Nuclear Scientist Apprenticeship

As you can see, just from the examples listed above, apprenticeships are not just for plumbers and construction workers (although you can still do these and apprenticeships in the skilled trades are a valuable option for young people to choose from).

Apprenticeships can offer a route into a great many careers, some of which you might not have thought you could do an apprenticeship in.

What are apprenticeship frameworks and standards?

If you followed any of the links to apprenticeships above, you will have seen apprenticeship standards.  Frameworks do still exist, but new apprenticeships, like the ones listed above, have standards. These standards set out what the entry requirements are, what you will be expected to do, what qualifications you need to study (if there are any), how long the apprenticeship lasts and how you will be assessed.

In summary, there are plenty more new and unusual apprenticeships out there for you to discover and you will be surprise at the kind of career that you can begin with an apprenticeship. So, do you homework and be sure to share with your parents too, because they might not know what is out there either.

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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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