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Apprenticeship Factsheet

What is an Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are an excellent way of gaining qualifications and workplace experience. As an employee, you can earn as you learn and you gain practical skills from the workplace.

Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills, gaining equalisations and earning money all at the same time.

Employers all over the country recognise and value Apprenticeships as they show that you've been trained in the skills they need.

Apprenticeships typically take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of framework.

There is no set time to complete an Apprenticeship as they vary widely in content and size. The length of time taken will depend on the ability of the individual apprentice and the employer's requirements.

Earn while you learn

Apprentices do real jobs for real employers. If you are entering work for the first time, you will start earning from day one of your Apprenticeship, all employed apprentices must receive the National minimum wage for an apprentice which is age related.

Apprenticeships are increasingly recognised as the gold standard for work-based training. Already, more than 130,000 employers offer Apprenticeships.

Levels of Apprenticeships
There are three levels of Apprenticeship available for those aged 16 and over:
1. Apprenticeships (equivalent to five good GCSE passes)

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