There are lots of benefits to doing an apprenticeship. You can earn while you learn and develop skills for a specific job sector.
Learn on the job
Apprentices learn on the job, building up knowledge and skills. Employers recognise and value apprenticeships as they show that you’ve been trained in the skills they need.
High quality training and qualifications
Quality is key to apprenticeships: All apprenticeships must be at least 12 months long and lead to a national qualification that is respected by employers around the world.
Support during training
Apprentices are supported by their employer and training provider. They ensure your training fits your requirements, offers the skills needed for the job and satisfies national standards. They will also be there to help you with any difficulties.
Good progression after you finish
Apprenticeships can be demanding but they are very rewarding. Apprenticeships train you in the skills employers want so they give you choices in your career. Your learning doesn’t have to stop at the Intermediate, Advanced or Higher Apprenticeship level, you could go on to further study e.g. for a Foundation Degree or other higher level qualifications.
After finishing an apprenticeship the majority of apprentices stay in employment and most stay with the same employer. Many former apprentices received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, most reported taking on more responsibility in their job.
Apprenticeships at Rolls Royce
What will you earn as an apprentice?
As an apprentice you:
- earn a salary
- get paid holidays
- receive high quality training and gain nationally recognised qualifications
- learning job-specific skills
- can progress to degree level
Earning while you are learning
Apprentices get paid as they learn. From October 1st 2016 they will earn a minimum of £3.40 per hour but some employers pay much more. When you move into your second year you get the rate that applies to your age, you can check what that is here.
Apprentices do real jobs for real employers, so you’ll be paid while you learn. As your skills develop, so will your pay. You may also be able to get additional money for essential books, clothing or equipment, or to help you with a disability.
A choice of industries and employers
Apprenticeships have been developed by a wide range of sectors and are available with different types of employers from large national companies such as British Gas, BMW and Orange to smaller local companies. There are more than 250 different types of apprenticeships available offering over 1,500 job roles. The right one for you will depend on your interests, your experience and the opportunities in your area.