What Is an Apprenticeship?


An apprenticeship is a paid job which combines practical training in the workplace with study.

As an apprentice you will:

-       work alongside experienced staff;

-       gain job-specific skills;

-       earn a wage and get holiday pay; and

-       study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week).


Apprenticeships are available at a variety of different levels and usually take one year to complete, although some higher level apprenticeships can take longer. They are available within a wide variety of sectors depending on your interests and aspirations.

During your apprenticeship, your training provider will make sure that you have off-the-job training to help progress towards completing your apprenticeship and achieving your qualifications.


Apprenticeships for young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan

Young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan can keep their plan whilst they are on an apprenticeship and can be supported to complete their apprenticeship. The level of support that is provided to each apprentice will vary depending on individual needs and the apprenticeship that they are undertaking.

A Disability Confident Employer will generally offer an interview to any applicant that declares they have a disability and meets the minimum criteria for the apprenticeship as defined by the employer. More information about disability confident employers can be found using the links below.

Recent changes to the minimum English and maths requirements also now mean that people with a learning difficulty or disability can access a level 2 intermediate apprenticeship as long as they can achieve an entry level 3 qualifications during their apprenticeship.

Page last reviewed: 26/08/2020


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