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What is an Apprenticeship?

Whether you're thinking about what to do after you leave school or looking to start a new career in a different area or sector, an apprenticeship can help you build your skills, knowledge and confidence. Learn more about apprenticeships below.

What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a type of qualification which allows you to build skills and knowledge while working in a job role. Apprenticeships are vocational courses which means they are very hands on. They take place within a company in a dedicated role in your chosen industry. Some job titles could be: Administrator, Warehouse Operative, Sales Assistant, etc.

While most of your learning will take place on the job, you will also spend 20% of your time doing Off-The-Job-Training which could be attending Functional Skills classes at The Source.

You will be mentored by someone in your workplace. This may be your line manager or an office manager. Their role is to help you learn the ins and outs of your job, helping and supporting you throughout your apprenticeship. You will also have a dedicated tutor from The Source who will visit you at the workplace.

What are the types of apprenticeship?

We offer Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3) and Higher (Level 4) apprenticeships.

Our apprenticeships are available in Business Administration, Customer Service, Digital, Health and Social Care, Management, Marketing, Sales, Retail, and Warehousing.

You can find full information on the programmes available here.

How long do apprenticeships last?

The length of an apprenticeship varies depending on the type and level of the apprenticeship, but most take between 12 – 18 months to complete. 

Durign this time, you will build a portfolio of evidence which will support your End Point Assessment. Once you pass your End Point Assessment, you will complete your apprenticeship. 

Who can do an apprenticeship?

Anyone can do an apprenticeship, whether you've just left school or if you're looking to change careers. Apprenticeships are a great way to build on your skills and knowledge with in a specific area.

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school or you can study an apprenticeship if you are already in work.

In most cases, to undertake an apprenticeship you must be 16 years of age or over and not in full-time education. There may be certain requirements to apply for an apprenticeship vacancy, e.g. you may need certain qualifiations such as GCSEs.

Will I be paid?

Yes, you will be paid by your employer for the duration of your apprenticeship.

The current national minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.90 per hour. This applies to apprentices under 19 years old. If you’re over 19 years old and in the first year of your apprenticeship, you will also receive this wage until your first year is complete. However, after your first year is complete you will receive the national minimum wage for your age group. Learn more about this on the Gov.co.uk website.

Because apprenticeships are paid for by the employer, you won't have to worry about having any student debt, even if you go onto study a Degree Level Apprenticeship.

How do I find an apprenticeship?

We work with lots of businesses to provide apprentice positions. Check out our vacancies section to see what’s available or contact our Learner Engagement Team to talk through your options.

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Further information:

Here is our guide to applying for an apprenticeship and what you can expect - Applying For an Apprenticeship – ‘What Happens’ Guide

Read our blog post on what employers look for in an apprenticeship to help you when applying for an apprenticeship - What employers look for in an apprentice

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