To start with, what is an apprenticeship? As employees, apprentices earn a wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job-specific skills. They follow a work-based training programme; a package of on-the-job work, training and qualifications. Being an apprentice means having a job.
Who can apply for an Apprenticeship?
Anyone living in England, over 16 years-old and not in full-time education can apply for apprenticeship vacancy. Regardless of whether someone is working, or not working, they can apply for an apprenticeship vacancy. An employer might choose to create an apprenticeship vacancy if they have a need for new skills in their business. Existing employees could also apply for this apprenticeship job.
The different Apprenticeship types
There are over 200 different types of Apprenticeships available (sometimes referred to as ‘frameworks’ or 'standards' ) and there are different levels of apprenticeships:
- Intermediate level apprenticeships
- Advanced level apprenticeships
- Higher apprenticeships
- Degree apprenticeships
Depending on the sector and job role, an apprenticeship can take anything from one to four years to complete.
National Apprenticeship Service
The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) will provide support to help employers take on an apprentice from initial interest, through to the selection of a training provider and the recruitment and progression of an apprentice. Employers who are interested in taking on an apprentice, or finding out more, are encouraged to contact the National Apprenticeship service at: 08000 150 600.
Employers can also head over to http://apprenticeships.org.uk/ and advertise their apprenticeship vacancies on the website through the National Apprenticeship Service.
New Apprenticeship Standards
The current Apprenticeship Framework is changing and new standards, developed by employers and reflecting job roles, will eventually replace all current frameworks. Some new standards are already available. To read a bit more on this, take a look here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/apprenticeship-standards