Apprenticeships work for young people
If you've got a good idea of where you want to go with your career and like the idea of earning while you learn, an Apprenticeship could be for you. It guarantees top quality training, but lets you develop skills and gain qualifications on the job.
Employers recognise the value of apprenticeships as they show that you have gained the skills they need in business.
Anyone in England over the age of 16 and not in full-time education can apply for an apprenticeship.
Is an Apprenticeship right for you?
First you'll need to decide which career suits you best. Next, you'll have to judge whether you can commit to the demands of an Apprenticeship. This means juggling work and study long-term - a period of one to five years.
How long does an Apprenticeship last?
It varies. Most last between one and two years, though some take up to five. How long it takes will depend on the profession you choose, your level of ability and your employer's needs.
Who can apply?
There are no fixed entry requirements for most Apprenticeships. However, for some more technical Apprenticeships you may need GCSE grades A*- C in maths, English and science.
If your application is successful, you'll be offered either an Apprenticeship or an Advanced Apprenticeship.
Which type you're offered will depend on the skills, experience and qualifications you already have.
Finding an apprenticeship vacancy
Employers advertise apprenticeship vacancies on the national apprenticeship website: www.apprenticeships.org.uk and in the regional press. You can search vacancies on the website by location, occupation, job role and by using key words. You can register your CV on the website and use it to apply for jobs that you are interested in.
Strode trains apprentices for many local employers. We are encouraging local businesses to offer more apprenticeships to local young people.
Starting off in college
If you want to do an Apprenticeship but haven't yet found an employer you can start off in college. This means beginning your studies at college - and getting some work experience - before you move onto an Apprenticeship with an employer.
Money and holidays
If you're doing an Apprenticeship with an employer
You'll get a wage of at least £95 a week. In fact, most Apprentices are paid more than this.
You'll get at least one and a half days' paid holiday for every month of your training. This is on top of bank holidays.
Find out about current apprenticeship vacancies by visiting www.apprenticeships.org.uk and click on the 'search vacancies' link.
For advice on becoming an apprentice, or to find out more about Strode training courses for apprentices, call: 01458 844476 or email us.
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Apprenticeship Framework Guides
Business and Administration
Children and Young People
Creative and Cultural
Cleaning and Environmental Services
Hairdressing and Barbering
Health and Social Care
Hospitality and Catering
IT, Software and Telecoms Professionals
Sports (Exercise and Fitness and Advanced Fitness Instructing)
Sports (Activity Leadership and Operational Services)