Apprenticeships are designed by employers so the training reflects the skills, knowledge and behaviours an apprentice will need for a particular occupation.
Apprenticeship training is of a high standard and only training providers who are on the register of apprenticeship training providers can deliver the training.
Working as an apprentice means they earn as they learn. An apprentice works in a real job and spends 20% of their working hours training. So, they gain the skills needed for their chosen occupation.
Some apprenticeships include a qualification, including a degree. All of the training is free, so the apprentice has no student debt to worry about.
A school or college leaver can apply for university and an apprenticeship at the same time. They can make their final decision after they’ve had time to consider their options.
To support someone with apprenticeships you can:
- Speak to our Careers and Apprenticeships teams to find out more and support a young person in making their career decisions
- Help them find an apprenticeship in your area
- Learn about apprentices’ real stories and experiences
- Visit www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/influencers for inspirational resources and more information and support for parents and carers
- Use the National Careers Service for impartial and free advice
- Read the Which? guide to higher and degree apprenticeships