Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you will:
• be an employee earning a wage and getting holiday pay
• work alongside experienced staff
• gain job-specific skills
• get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your working hours)
Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level and have equivalent educational levels. Some may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.
To start an apprenticeship, you will need to be:
• 16 or over
• living in England
• not in full-time education
There are rules about how many hours you can work in a week and being paid overtime. If you are under 25 when you start your apprenticeship and have previously been in local authority care, you may be eligible for a bursary payment.
Ask your training provider for more information about what you will get, if you are eligible and how to apply. Your school, college or training provider may be able to give you advice about apprenticeships.
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