A good job leading to a great career

There has never been a better time to consider an Apprenticeship as more and more employers are offering high quality Apprenticeships.

They can be an excellent alternative for young people who have completed their A levels and might want a different route to traditional university study, or for those who want to begin an Apprenticeship programme following their GCSEs.  

Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes leading to a nationally recognised qualifications. On an Apprenticeship you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to progress and fulfil your career prospects while working and earning. The Apprenticeship training that we provide is specifically tailored to ensure that you develop the skills that employers want; this will give you a real advantage in the workplace.  

Apprentices have excellent long term salary prospects and great progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.

How does an Apprenticeship work?

  • All Apprenticeships are real jobs, so apprentices earn a salary.
  • You must be paid at least the national minimum apprenticeship wage and many employers pay significantly more.
  • Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week.
  • An Apprenticeship takes between one and five years to complete, depending upon the level and the industry sector.
  • Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well.
  • The rest of the training is delivered by Strode College, either at the workplace, at College or via e-learning.

The benefits of Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are already delivering real benefits to businesses and young people. New reforms aim to boost these even further.

For the apprentice

  • Individual apprentices achieve higher levels of qualification and increase their own employment prospects, productivity and wages.
  • 83% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved.
  • Apprentices completing an Apprenticeship at level 4 or above could earn £150,000 more, on average, over their lifetime.

For the employers

  • Apprenticeships deliver important benefits to employers in terms of service and productivity.
  • 70% of surveyed employers said apprenticeships improved product quality and service.
  • The cost of apprenticeship training pays for itself within a couple of years of completion through increased productivity

(Source: Government whitepaper Apprenticeship 2020 Vision.)

Apprenticeship levy

From April 2017 the Government are introducing the Apprenticeship levy.  All UK employers with an annual wage bill of over £3 million will have to make payments each year to HMRC. Find out more.


For more information contact our Apprenticeship Team on 01458 844499.

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