Apprenticeships are available to anyone aged 16 and over. They are a mixture of work and learning, usually the learning takes place either in a block at the start of the apprenticeship or a regular one day per week at a training provider. Students at Joseph Leckie Academy can start an apprenticeship after completing their studies in Year 11 or Year 13; however, applying for an apprenticeship is just like applying for a normal job, so it is highly recommended that the student also has a back up choice such as college or university if they are unable to find a suitable apprenticeship.
An apprenticeship gives you free structured training, an understanding of the workplace and the chance to develop work related skills and knowledge, all whilst getting paid. Apprenticeships usually last between one and five years depending on their level. The levels available are:
Intermediate (Level 2)
Advanced (Level 3)
Higher and degree (Levels 4-7)
It is not uncommon to have to undertake a Intermediate apprenticeship if it's in a brand new industry/sector even if you have previously studied at level 3 in sixth form, this is because you will need to learn and develop brand new skills.
All apprenticeships are advertised on the national apprenticeship website, and you can search by distance from home and sector. Unifrog also features a live apprenticeship search function and should be used when looking for apprenticeships.
For more information, advice and guidance about apprenticeships please follow the links below, or book a meeting with our Careers Advisor (book via Mrs K Matharu in Reception).
- www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk – Information about apprenticeships, what you can study, how to apply, who offers apprenticeships and more.
- www.apprenticeships.org.uk – Information about apprenticeships.
- https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/ - Government website with information and vacancy search
Apprenticeships: Hints and Tips for Parents and Carers
Apprenticeships have changed a huge amount in the past few years, and now offer access to more than 1500 different job roles, ranging from intermediate level through to degree apprenticeships.
This guide has been put together by Amazing Apprenticeships to help you explore the exciting world of apprenticeships with your child, to understand the range of resources and support services available to you, and how to access them.
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