Apprentices usually spend four days in work and one day at college. You’ll be paid a weekly or monthly wage and complete a collection of qualifications including a vocational qualification and a technical certificate that’s relevant to the industry you’re in, as well as English, maths and ICT. As well as standard level 2 and 3 apprenticeships, there is now a level 4 and 4+, which are equivalent to foundation and honours degree level.
If you’re ready to get out into the world of work and earn a wage, an apprenticeship is for you.
You can work your way through the apprenticeship levels if your employer will support you. Maybe level 4+ apprentices then move into management positions within their organisation or industry.
Name: Chloe Kingsland
Studies: Engineering Apprentice at Ford Engineering, studying at Gateshead College Automotive Centre for Excellence.
“I first realised my interest in engineering when I was 13 years old. We had to pick our options at secondary school and I decided to study Product Design because I have always been good with my hands and thought I would enjoy the practical side. From that point on, I was hooked.
Through an apprenticeship at Ford Engineering I’m getting paid and getting qualifications as well as practical experience, which is really important when you’re applying for jobs. I’d really recommend the apprenticeship route – it gets you job ready.”