What are apprenticeships?

What are they?

Apprenticeships are an exciting way to develop your career. Apprenticeships combine work-based experience with training. You’ll gain a nationally recognised qualification and earn a salary whilst doing it – best of all the training costs for apprenticeships are fully funded by the employer and the government.

Who are they for?

Apprenticeships start at 16 years old with no upper age limit, so whether you're starting out in your first job, already in a job and want to gain professional qualifications, thinking about re-training into a different career, or returning to work an apprenticeship could be for you.

What can I study?

Whether you’re just starting out, or continuing your professional journey with a degree apprenticeship, there are over 600 different apprenticeships available, with more being developed all the time. Levels of study range from:

Type Level Equivalent academic qualification
Intermediate Level 2 5 GCSEs
Advanced Level 3 2 A Levels
Higher Level 4 / 5 BTEC, HND or Foundation Degree
Degree Level 6 / 7 Bachelor's or Master's

To find out more about the different types of apprenticeships available, search the government websites Apprenticeship standards and Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

How long does an apprenticeship take?

An apprenticeship generally lasts between one and four years dependent on the level of qualification, but some may take longer. The time taken to complete your apprenticeship will also depend on your personal motivation and enthusiasm, as well as your personal circumstances.

What will I gain?

Apprenticeships are real jobs with real responsibilities, you’ll be earning a salary and studying towards a qualification. You will also benefit from:

  • On and off the job training
  • Working alongside experienced staff
  • Gaining transferable work-based skills and experience
  • Support and guidance from a dedicated line manager, workplace mentor and training assessor
  • A career path with the potential to continue learning and development to the next level
  • Support and guidance at the end of your apprenticeship to apply for new roles

Learn more about apprenticeships in this video by Amazing Apprenticeships:

You can find out more about apprenticeships at Southampton City Council.

Are you an employer looking to employ an apprentice?

Solent Apprenticeship & Skills HubThe Solent Apprenticeship & Skills Hub is an essential resource for employers wishing to find out how apprenticeships and skills training can benefit their organisation and where to find advice and guidance. Whether you are an employer, parent/guardian, training provider or individual interested in starting an exciting new career, the Solent Apprenticeship & Skills Hub advisers can provide impartial advice around all things apprenticeships and skills. You can reach out to us at hello@theapprenticeshiphub.com.

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