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8 - 12 February 2021

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Apprenticeships Explained

So you're thinking of becoming an apprentice - or maybe you’re not too sure but you want to know all your options after school or college? You could be currently working and want to upskill yourself – or change your job and chase that dream career.

Apprenticeships could be the answer. Before deciding whether an apprenticeship is right for you let’s break them down:

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a job with a salary. You will have an employer who you work for and who pays your wages and, because all apprentices undertake training, you will also have a training provider who supports you to achieve a qualification.

Who is involved in an apprenticeship?

  • You – the apprentice. There is no age limit for an apprentice but you must be over 16, out of full-time education and live in England.
  • Employer – the business where you take on the apprenticeship – you are an employee working for the business.
  • Training provider or college – this is the organisation that will arrange the apprenticeship for you and help with your training. All apprenticeships have a training element that will be at least 20% of your apprenticeship and will lead to a qualification. You may study at the training provider or college, at work or online.

As an apprentice you will:

  • Get paid - The minimum salary for an apprentice in their first year is £4.15 per hour but many employers pay much more than this
  • Learn and train for a specific job
  • Get hands-on experience in a place of work
  • Complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
  • Receive holiday leave

Levels of Apprenticeship:

LevelEquivalent education level
Intermediate25 x GCSEs
Advanced32 x A levels
Higher4,5,6 and 7Foundation degree and above
Degree6 and 7Bachelor’s or master’s degree

You can start an apprenticeship at any level. Depending on the level, some apprenticeships may:

  • require previous qualifications such as an English or maths GCSE
  • give extra training in the English or maths skills needed so you’re at the right level

Need More Information

  • Check out the Institute for Apprenticeships for up to date information on all the apprenticeship standards that have been approved or are in development
  • Start in Leeds is a local website with information provided by local employers

Ready to apply?

Once you know what you’d like to do and are ready to apply for an apprenticeship, you can:

  • Use the links provided on this Festival website to apply for any of the vacancies that are advertised
  • Search company websites directly for details of their apprenticeship vacancies.
  • Search for apprenticeship vacancies at all levels at gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship. This is the official apprenticeship website where the majority of apprenticeship vacancies are advertised. You can search for vacancies by level, by skill type and by postcode location.
  • Search for degree apprenticeships at UCAS
  • Contact Leeds Apprenticeship Hub for independent and free advice
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