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Apprenticeships are an exciting option – you get hands-on training and also the chance to put your skills into practice. Apprenticeships are available at multiple levels. From school leavers, people upskilling in their careers and complete career changes.

There are hundreds to choose from and some include a qualification, like a degree. There are hundreds of different apprenticeships to choose from. If you’ve seen an apprenticeship you like on the employer’s website, you can apply for it directly. Once you find the right apprenticeship, you’ll need a CV and a cover letter to apply. If you need help, find out how to write a CV. It’s a good idea to apply for a few apprenticeships at a time. This increases your chances and means you’re not waiting for a response from one employer. Try to find out the closing date of the application as this may give you a clue about when you’ll hear back. It usually takes a few applications to find the right apprenticeship. So if you don’t hear back or get an interview, don’t take it personally – it’s normal and happens to everyone.

What you’ll earn

What you earn will depend on the industry, location and type of apprenticeship you choose. If you’re aged 16 to 18 or in the first year of your apprenticeship, you’re entitled to the apprentice rate. If you’re 19 or over and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship, you’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage. This is the minimum you’ll earn – many employers pay a lot more and offer their apprentices a competitive salary.

What it costs

Apprenticeships are funded from contributions made by the government and your employer. This means you will not have any student loans or tuition fees. You’ll just need to cover the cost of your day-to-day expenses, such as lunch and travel. If you’re 16 to 24 and a care leaver, you’ll receive a £1,000 bursary payment to support you in the first year of your apprenticeship.

If you are interested in taking up apprenticeship,we would be happy to set up a meeting to discuss your career options and opportunities. We’ll help you find the solutions that work for you and show you how to get to your dream job and salary in the fastest way possible.

Book an appointment with our Employability Adviser on 024 7767 1470 or email

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