Students at Tring School are encouraged to explore all post-16 and post-18 options, including apprenticeships. Apprenticeships are becoming an increasingly attractive alternative to the traditional higher education route.
What is an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships give young people the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience. Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice.
All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from in exceptional circumstances. Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles.
Quality is key to apprenticeships. All apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.
All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage. Check out National Minimum Wage Rates for updates on the latest figures.
Types of Apprenticeships Available
There are four types of Apprenticeship that vary depending on current skills and qualifications:
- Intermediate (Level 2 equivalent to 5 GCSE passes at grade 9 - 4)
- Advanced (Level 3 equivalent to 2 A level passes/Level 3 Diploma )
- Higher (Level 4, 5, 6 and 7 equivalent to Foundation degree and above)
- Degree (Levels 6 and 7 equivalent to Bachelor's or Master's degree)
Degree apprenticeships are a new type of programme offered by some universities. Students can achieve a full bachelor's or master's degree as part of their apprenticeship. These programmes are being developed by employers, universities, and professional bodies working in partnership.
Degree apprenticeships combine working with studying part-time at a university. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, and spend part of their time at university and the rest with their employer. This can be on a day-to-day basis or in blocks of time, depending on the programme and requirements of the employer.
For further information about Degree Apprenticeships please click here.
To be considered for an apprenticeship programme in England, applicants need to be:
- aged 16 or over
- living in England
- not in full-time education
Each level has different entry requirements, and each apprenticeship vacancy will specify what these are, along with the qualities the employer is looking for. For higher and degree apprenticeships, employers generally ask for A Levels and other Level 3 qualifications.
Over 70 universities and around 200 colleges are approved to deliver higher and degree apprenticeships.
The Application Process
Apprenticeship vacancies are advertised by the companies recruiting, in the same way a job would be. Vacancies with larger firms often start appearing from September, but most start to be advertised from January or February onwards. Smaller businesses might start recruiting a month or two before the job starts, so if you hope to start work in August or September, start looking from March/April onwards.
If you are interested in working for a particular employer, take a look at their website, most have a page on careers, apprenticeships, or vacancies. If you are interested in a particular apprenticeship job role, you can filter your search for these on the vacancy listing.
Below are some of the key websites to research Apprenticeship Vacancies:
- 100 Top Employers of School Leavers
- Find an Apprenticeship
- Career finder
- Get My First Job
- All about School Leavers
- The Big Choice
- Not Going to Uni
- Amazing Apprenticeships
You can also review this Higher and Degree vacancy listing for 2021/2022 to give you an idea of the type of Apprenticeship vacancies available.
Websites such as Amazing Apprenticeships, Apprenticeships and Rate My Apprenticeship contain a wealth of information for both students and parents on the different types of Apprenticeships available. There is also some very helpful advice and links on Get My First Job and Not Going to Uni.
In school help and support
Mr C Curry, our Careers and Enhancement Leader, and Miss A Moore, our Student Support Manager, are available to assist students with queries about apprenticeships, or to help with applications. Mock interviews can also be carried out on request in advance of an apprenticeship interview.
Students may also request an interview with a qualified careers advisor if they are considering an apprenticeship. Students should request an appointment via Mrs C White (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Other Useful Resources
Resources for parents/ guardians
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