For many students, an apprenticeship is an ideal combination of study and work experience that lends itself to many career paths. The scope and quality of apprenticeships is increasing, adding value to this pathway.  

“An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences. 

Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification.  

An apprenticeship includes:  
- paid employment with holiday leave  
- hands-on-experience in a sector/role of interest 
- at least 20% off-the-job training  
- formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification” 

What is an apprenticeship,

Apprenticeships are open to anyone in England over the age of 16 who is not in fulltime education and is looking to start their career, upskill, or change career. 

Apprenticeships range from level 2 to level 7 (degree level) and are available in many industry sectors. 

Providing students with information around apprenticeships contributes to Gatsby Benchmark 3 – addressing the needs of each pupil