An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You’re an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave.
By the end of an apprenticeship, you’ll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.
It can take between 1 and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience.
Levels of an Apprenticeship
Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. You can start an apprenticeship at any level, however, we encourage our students to aim for Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships.
At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A level.
|Equivalent education level
|4,5,6 and 7
|Foundation degree and above
|6 and 7
|Bachelor’s or master’s degree
What are the benefits of an Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeships are an exciting option – you get hands-on training and also the chance to put your skills into practice.
You also do not have to pay any tuition fees or acquire student loans, and you will earn a wage throughout.
What should I look for?
Apprenticeships are being developed and approved all the time, so you can choose the right apprenticeship training for your interests.
When looking for an apprenticeship, make sure you:
- select the right training to suit your interests
- think about the level and duration of the training
- discuss your expectations with the training provider
Don’t accept training because it’s the only apprenticeship available at the time.
Please read our helpful Parent Pack from Amazing Apprenticeships which will be of use when supporting your child’s search and application.
Please watch our helpful live event recording, using the link below, which took place earlier this year and focused on introducing apprenticeships to parents. The Parent Pack below is also of great use when supporting your child’s search and application.
NAW Parent/Carer Perspective https://amazingapprenticeships.com/parent-zone/ – a podcast for parents
What is an apprenticeship?
Get paid to discover your passion! You can become anything you want… An Apprenticeship is a job which allows you to earn while you learn. You receive a wage and study alongside each other, which eventually leads to qualifications and progression within your chosen industry. A guide to apprenticeships can be found here.
With an apprenticeship you will:
- Learn and train for a specific job
- Work alongside experienced staff
- Earn a wage and get holiday pay
- Be given time for study related to your role (the equivalent of one day a week)
- complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship
- be on a career path with lots of future potential
Levels of an apprenticeship
Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. 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
At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A level. Higher and degree apprenticeships are also available. More information about these may be found here.
Use the link below to search for apprenticeships:
Higher & Degree apprenticeship vacancy listing https://amazingapprenticeships.com/higher-degree-listing/
There are a variety of websites you can use to look and apply for
The National Apprenticeship Service: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Get my first job: https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/
Rate my apprenticeship: https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
Target Careers: https://targetcareers.co.uk/
Derby College Apprenticeships: https://www.derby-college.ac.uk/apprenticeships-earn-learn
Caution! You need to have an employer lined up before applying to Derby College for an apprenticeship otherwise your application status will be incomplete.
CT Skills: https://www.ctskills.co.uk/
EMA Training: Accounting, Digital, I.T & HR https://www.ematraining.co.uk/
Babington Accounting, Financial Services, Property Services , Digital, Business & Customer Services https://babington.co.uk/
Learning Unlimited, Derby: https://www.learningunlimiteduk.com/
Training 2000: http://www.training2000.co.uk/
Future Talent: https://www.future-talent.com/
Access Training: https://www.atem.co.uk/
Derbyshire County Council https://jobs.derbyshire.gov.uk/
Babington College: https://babington.co.uk/apprenticeships/
NHS Careers https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles Includes lots of useful information about Nursing associates and future NHS apprenticeships
The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry: https://www.citb.co.uk/courses-and-qualifications/citb-apprenticeships/