Apprenticeships give you the up-to-date skills and experience that are valued by employers, but you don’t need to sit in a classroom all day to get them.

If you want to learn skills, get a qualification and get paid, an apprenticeship is the ideal option for you when you leave school. Plus, with lots of new training programmes for exciting, growing industries such as IT, creative, retail and construction, there’s never been a better time to be an apprentice.

Learn and earn.

The average weekly wage for an apprentice is £170. This is dependent on the sector, region and apprenticeship level, for example; some Higher Apprenticeships can pay as much as £300 – £500 per week.

The salary will be advertised with the apprenticeship. You’ll also be entitled to a minimum of 20 days holiday, plus 8 statutory days such as Bank Holidays. 

Work-relevant skills.

An apprenticeship is a mix of work and training. As an apprentice, you’ll have a job with an employer where you’ll work as a member of their team and be trained to do a specific role by your colleagues or supervisor. When you finish your apprenticeship you’ll have a fantastic set of skills and hands-on work experience to put on your CV. Many apprentices are promoted and go on to successfully climb the career ladder; did you know more than 50% of Nissan’s board of directors were former apprentices?

A recognised qualifiction.

As part of your apprenticeship programme you’ll spend time at Gateshead College where you’ll receive up to date training that is relevant to your job. You’ll come away not only with a fantastic set of skills and work experience but with a nationally recognised qualification that is valued by employers. Usually the qualification you’ll receive will be a technical certificate and an NVQ. There are three different levels of apprenticeship training, if your employer agrees you could progress up to Level 3 Higher Apprenticeship which is the same as a Foundation Degree.