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Qualification = Apprenticeships can be earned at three different levels :

                        1 - Intermediate Level

                        2 - Advanced Level

                        3 - Higher Level (Equivalent to a degree)

Job = A real job with a real employer for anyone 16 + who isn't in full-time education. It involves at least 30 hours work a week and can last from the minimum of 12 months to three years, or more.

Wage = Depends on your age. From £2.68 per hour for under 19s, £5.03 for 19 to 20s and £6.31 for those 21 and over.The average apprenticeship wage is over £200 per week. The wage will depend on the employer, the job and the area.

Training = From your employer at work and usually through a college or training provider.

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  • What is the Point of an Apprenticeship?

    • Give young people an opportunity to work for an employer, earn a salary and gain a qualification
    • Give young people an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and transferable work skills
    • Give young people an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification
    • Give young people an opportunity to continue their education without being in a school or college 5 days a week


  • Will I Get a Job at the End of It?

    work.gifAt the end of an apprenticeship you will get a national qualification that is recognised by employers around the world. Roughly two-thirds of apprentices will go on to get a job with the employer they trained with, while the majority 85% will stay in employment.

    The apprenticeship is likely to last a minimum of 1 to 3 years, or even longer. For the few who don't stay in employment with the same company they will still have excellent experience to demonstrate to future employers.

  • What Does an Apprentice do?

    qualification.gifYou will work a full-time job, a minimum of 30 hours a week, learning from your colleagues and being supported by a local college. Some Apprenticeships require you to go to the college (or your apprenticeship provider) one day a week other Apprenticeships are all done online.

    You end up with a nationally recognised qualification that showcases your new skills and talents.


  • What Types of Apprenticeship are there?

    There are 100s of different types and you can get an apprenticeship in almost any career.

    The most common apprenticeships in the West Berkshire area are:

    • Active Learning and Leisure
    • Business Administration
    • Childcare
    • Customer Service
    • Construction
    • Hairdressing
    • Health and Social Care
    • Hospitality and Catering
    • IT and Telecoms
    • Retail
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Social Digital Media

    But there are lots of other Apprenticeship opportunities in:

    • Manufacturing
    • Accountancy
    • Beauty Therapy 
    • Catering
    • Hospitality
    • Teaching Assistant
    • Engineering
    • IT
    • Warehouse and Distribution
    • Construction + Building 
    • Public Safety
    • Food preparation and serving
  • Apprenticeship Case Study from Newbury College

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