Apprenticeships: What are they?
So, what are they?
An apprenticeship helps you gain all the skills you need to succeed in your career and gives you real insight and experience into your chosen industry and job role. What’s more you get paid and you gain nationally recognised apprenticeship to add to your CV.
There are four different levels of apprenticeship:
- Intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2) - apprentices gain the equivalent of five GCSEs at grades A-C
- Advanced apprenticeship (Level 3) - apprentices gain the equivalent of two A-Levels.
- Higher apprentices (Level 4-5) – apprentices gain the equivalent of a qualification such as a Foundation Degree.
- Degree apprenticeship (Levels 6-7) – apprentices gain a degree-level qualification, helping to build the high-level technical skills needed for the jobs of the future.
A HABS advisor will happily sit down and talk you through everything you want to know about the apprenticeship route.
Are there lots of apprenticeships available?
Guess what? There are up to 25,000 quality apprenticeship vacancies available at any one time here in the UK, with hundreds of these being in the Humber region. And, did you know also that there are apprenticeships in more than 280 industries and 1500 job roles, from graphic design to nursing?
So, there are plenty of apprenticeship opportunities if you’re looking to enter the world of work in the Humber region. Get in touch with the HABS team today to find out more.
How will I do the training part if I’m working?
Every apprenticeship is different but two phrases that you’ll hear mentioned a lot are: on-the-job training and off-the-job training.
- On-the-job training will see you learn in the workplace. You’ll be developing your skills by working with colleagues who will show you how to carry out certain tasks – either in formal, structured sessions or informal and unplanned learning.
- Off-the-job training will allow you to learn and develop your skills and knowledge away from your immediate place of work. You might need to access a computer to do some online learning or maybe go to a training centre where you will learn in a classroom or workshop.
There are different ways to complete the training that forms part of your apprenticeship and your employer will decide the best route for you and their business. Here are some different ways you might learn:
- Release-based training: One day a week or fortnight you attend a training centre to learn in a classroom or workshop.
- Workplace-based training: Some of your learning is completed on the job with an assessor / tutor visiting you in the workplace
- E-learning: You access learning materials online and gradually work through them.
- One year up-front: Some industries, such as Engineering, prefer their apprentices to learn a lot of skills before entering the workplace. With this model, you may spend your first year being paid to attend a training centre.
- Blended learning: Your learning may take a combination of the approaches we’ve already mentioned.
Get in touch with the HABS team today for more information.
Can I work anywhere as an apprentice?
So, where in the Humber region will you be? Well job adverts should state where the primary location for work will be and if travel to other locations is involved, such as for training.
There are hundreds of apprenticeship opportunities in the Humber region and over 28,000 online vacancies advertised at any one time across the UK…so yes, you can work just about anywhere!
HABS can talk to you about the opportunities that are in the right geographical area for you.
I’m a parent or carer; what do I need to know?
A great option for people who want to set out in the word of work, apprenticeships allow people to gain the skills, experience and qualifications that employers are looking for, whilst working and earning. This makes the apprenticeship route different to more conventional routes, like university, and your child can still progress towards a degree level qualification.
Did you know, for example, that apprenticeships offer the chance to learn high quality technical skills that some of the biggest employers are looking for?
Have you also heard about the new Government levy? It will ensure that larger businesses invest in apprenticeships as part of their overall training plan.
Be assured the HABS team is here to give your child all the support and guidance he or she needs to make the right choices for their future.