As it is now compulsory for students to stay in education or training until they are 18, apprenticeships are becoming a lot more desirable and sought after. With businesses understanding and valuing the idea of training and shaping a young mind from scratch, and with learning and development opportunities for young people, it is clear to see how apprenticeships are appealing. Continuing studying at school or moving onto university aren't the only paths, so what is an apprenticeship?
A real job, a real qualification, a real future.
Apprenticeships give young people the opportunity to work for a real employer, earn a real salary and gain a real qualification whilst gaining valuable workplace skills and experience.
Anyone living in England, over 16 years old and not in full-time education can apply to be an apprentice.
Earn while you learn.
All apprentices must receive the appropriate national minimum wage of £3.30 per hour.
A real job.
All apprentices should work for at least 30 hours a week, apart from in exceptional circumstances. Over 150,000 employers are offering Apprenticeships in more than 200,000 locations. Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher (degree) level, covering more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles, from advertising to youth work via environmental engineering and nuclear decommissioning.
A real qualification.
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.
A real future.
After finishing, the majority of apprentices (85%) will stay in employment, with two-thirds (64%) staying with the same employer. A third (32%) of all former apprentices had received a promotion within 12 months of finishing, and of those in work, three quarters (75%) reported taking on more responsibility in their job. Employers think that qualified apprentices are 15% more employable than those with other qualifications.
What types of Apprenticeship are there?
There are three types of Apprenticeship that vary depending on current skills and qualifications:
1 - Intermediate Level Apprenticeships - Offers GCSE level equivalent qualifications.
2 - Advanced Level Apprenticeships - Offers A-Level equivalent qualifications.
3 - Higher Apprenticeships - Offers Degree level equivalent qualifications.
Apprenticeships, School Leaver Programmes and Sponsored Degrees
Below is a list of companies that recruit young people every year for apprenticeships, school leaver programmes or sponsored degrees. Deadlines and start dates vary according to the company. Check individual sites regularly for vacancies.
Accounting, Administration, Business, Finance and Management
Aon Apprenticeship Scheme – A levels required
Barclays Apprenticeship Scheme – GCSEs required.
BDO School Leavers Scheme – A levels required
Boots Advanced Apprenticeship – A levels required
Deloitte School Leavers Programme – A levels required – on-going recruitment
Ernst & Young Accountancy Programme – A levels required
HSBC Apprenticeship Programme – GCSEs required
KPMG Sponsored Degree – A Levels required.
PwC Sponsored Degree – A Levels required.
Tesco Management Training Scheme – A Levels required.
Visa – In accounting, business and technology
BEST – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
Carillion – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
CITB – Nationwide. Some GCSEs required.
Engineering (Electrical and Mechanical)
Discover Engineering – Link to companies that offer apprenticeships
Balfour Beatty – Engineering
JTL – Electrical, Engineering and Plumbing
BAA – Engineering
Remit – Motor Vehicle Apprenticeships
Royal Mail – Engineering and Vehicle
Arqiva – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
Atomic Weapons Establishment – No qualifications specified.
BAA – GCSEs required.
BAM Nuttall Civil Engineering & Surveying – GCSEs required.
BP Trainee Officer Programme – Nationwide. A Levels required.
BT – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
British Gas – Nationwide. 4 GCSEs required.
EDF Energy Apprenticeship – GCSEs required.
E:ON – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
JTL – Nationwide. No qualifications specified but GCSEs preferred.
Laing O’Rourke Advanced Apprenticeship – GCSEs required.
Network Rail Advanced Apprenticeship – GCSEs required.
NG Bailey – Nationwide. GCSEs incl. English/Maths/Science.
National Grid Advanced Apprenticeship – GCSEs required.
Persimmon Homes – Nationwide. 5 GCSEs required.
Remit Motor Mechanics – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
Thames Valley Water – 4 GCSEs required.
Virgin Media – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
Co-op – Funeral service apprenticeship
CapGemini – GCSEs or A Levels required
IBM – Nationwide. A Levels required.
Microsoft – Berkshire. GCSEs required.
Microsoft Apprenticeship Films!
Pearson (formerly Zenos) – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
ITV Apprenticeships – Opportunities in media and business administration.
Co-op – Vacancies in legal, HR, food, motors & much more
Superdrug – Applications on-going
Remit – GCSEs required – grades not specified
Yachting Apprenticship with UKSA – Applications on-going but deadline for bursaries is the end of April
Hays Travel – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
Thomas Cook – Nationwide. GCSEs required.
Thomson – Nationwide. No formal qualifications required.
Please find links below to current Apprenticeship Vacancies:
For more information, click on the following link www.careersmenu.com and visit the section on apprenticeships.