For anyone above the age of 16 and not in full time education, apprenticeships are an excellent way of getting a foot into the world of skilled work.
For every student looking to enter the world of work through an apprenticeship, our staff, both in sixth form and earlier, are available to provide advice and support. In this article, we explain some of the facts you need to know about apprenticeships.
Apprenticeships offer people of all ages the opportunity to earn a real wage as a genuine employee, while also receiving training, on and off the job, in the field of their employment.
Apprentices can expect to work at least 30 hours per week and at least 20% of these hours should be for off-the-job training. This training is usually given by a training provider, who will typically work closely with the employer to provide appropriate training.
Upon completion of an apprenticeship, an industry recognised standard or qualification will be awarded. The equivalent level of the qualification or standard depends on the level of the apprenticeship. For example, an intermediate level apprenticeship is the equivalent to 5 GCSE passes as grade 9-4. A Higher level apprenticeship is equivalent to a foundation degree and above.
Because it is obligatory to continue education until age 18, apprenticeships are a good choice for those looking to leave full time school after completing their GCSEs.
Every apprenticeship has different entry requirements and some will be more suitable to apply for after completing your GCSEs and others after completing A Levels or at a different level of experience. A great place to review what is available is to visit https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.
If you are interested in a particular field, but aren’t yet ready or qualified to start an apprenticeship, you can also start a traineeship. Traineeships typically last under six months, and prepare you with work experience to start an apprenticeship. You can find out more about traineeships here: https://www.gov.uk/find-traineeship
Undertaking an apprenticeship is a big decision to make. At Melksham Oak, our support staff are always available to provide answers to any questions our students might have about undertaking an apprenticeship.
Additionally, in our curriculum and through the extracurricular opportunities we provide, we place an emphasis on learning and working independently. This helps prepare our students for life beyond the classroom and gives them the confidence to shoulder responsibility and succeed in further education or in the working world.