Apprenticeships - what are they?

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What is an Apprenticeship?

Do you want to learn new skills and gain qualifications whilst earning a wage? An Apprenticeship may be the route for you - it combines practical training in a job with study.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprentice is an employee who receives on-the-job training and learning to develop a specific skill. The apprentice works towards a nationally recognised qualification such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), a technical certificate and if required, mathematics, English and ICT. An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances you should be employed from day one.

As an apprentice you will:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • be given time for study related to your role (the equivalent of one day a week)

Stephen at Trotec Laser Limited discusses why he chose the apprenticeship route into employment.


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Emily Lockhart explains benefits of training via the apprenticeship route and how studying works.


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