Apprenticeships are becoming increasingly popular and are an ideal option if you have a clear idea of the career path you want to follow and would prefer a more practical and work-related approach to learning.

Apprenticeships allow you to combine work and study by mixing on-the-job training with classroom learning. You'll be employed to do a real job while studying for a formal qualification, usually for one day a week either at a college or a training centre. There are no student fees – your training costs are funded by the government and by your employer. By the end of your apprenticeship, you'll have gained the skills and knowledge needed to either succeed in your chosen career or progress onto the next apprenticeship level.

There are many different apprenticeships available across a wide range of industries, from childcare to construction, from hospitality to law, and banking. There are opportunities available in both small and large companies, from local organisations to large national brands, such as Network Rail and Santander.

Apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 living in England and have no upper age limit. They can take between one and six years to complete, depending on which apprenticeship you choose and what level it’s at:

Degree apprenticeships provide an alternative to university, offering the chance to gain a high-quality degree without the cost of tuition fees, earn a salary, and get on-the-job experience. Apprentices are employed throughout the programme, and spend part of their time at university working towards a bachelor's or master's degree, and the rest with their employer. They are a relatively new type of programme and it is anticipated that the number of vacancies will grow over the next few years.

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Updated April 2019

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