Frequently Asked Questions
Apprenticeships can be a suitable option for anyone. Apprenticeships have changed a lot in the past 10 years and sometimes people do not realise the huge range of opportunities that are available. You may be surprised to learn that you can achieve a full HND Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a degree apprenticeship, so it’s worth doing your research to see if you can achieve your career goal by following the apprenticeship pathway.
Not at all. Getting an apprenticeship is all about gaining qualifications and work experience at the same time. Apprenticeships come in different difficulty levels and with different entry requirements, so whatever your level of learning or study, there is an apprenticeship level to challenge and develop you. Employers want to employ apprentices with the right positive attitude and who are going to work hard, but they also want employees who are going to be able to pick up new skills and learn about their company from scratch. As an apprentice you will be working full time in a real job and studying at the same time, so you will need to be able to balance both parts equally.
You could start an apprenticeship at any age, as long as you are aged 16 and have completed year 11. Apprenticeships start throughout the year and you can be an apprentice at any working age – even in your 30s, 40s and more.
As of 2015, you will be required to stay in education or employment – but this includes apprenticeships. An apprenticeship is a real job where you will be employed full time.
Potentially yes. You may be eligible to receive government funding if you progress onto a higher or degree apprenticeship at level 6 or 7. You must be able to demonstrate that you are starting a new job role which is a markedly different occupation than the degree studied and where there is a significant amount of new learning.
Most apprentices do. A survey conducted by the National Apprenticeship Service showed that the majority of apprentices (90%) either stay employed with the employer that they have completed their apprenticeship with, or will go on to find another job with a different employer. Some apprentices decide at the end of their apprenticeship that they want to go on to further study, such as starting a full time degree at university or college.