This section gives information about starting an apprenticeship and progressing on to further learning after an apprenticeship.
If you are interested in starting an adult apprenticeship then you might want to read the rest of this page and also:
- Apprenticeships benefits
- Sectors and qualification
- Finding an apprenticeship
- Higher Apprenticeships (these are new degree level qualifications)
- Degree Apprenticeships
If you want to know more about learning opportunities once you have finished an apprenticeship then look at:
Apprenticeships are a great way to learn, combining practical training in a job role with study. You gain work experience and qualifications, develop knowledge and skills and earn a wage at the same time.
Who are they for?
Apprenticeships are open to anyone who is 16 or over - you might have finished college, be looking for work, be looking to change your job or career or already in work.
There has been a huge increase in the numbers of people aged over 19 who have started an apprenticeship. If you start an apprenticeship as an adult you are more likely to start at an Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship level.
Once you start an apprenticeship, if you find you enjoy combining work and study, you can carry on taking more qualifications and progress to degree level in many sectors.
Some appenticeships have set entry requirements but entry could also depend on your previous experience.
If you are under 19, and interested in an apprenticeship, there will be no financial cost to your employer, so you could ask them if they would consider supporting you through an apprenticeship. If you are aged over 19 your employer might have to co-fund the apprenticeship and you might need to contribute some costs too.