Apprenticeships are a great way to “earn as you learn”. They provide vocational training and qualifications whilst working in your chosen career. Apprenticeships are open to anyone over 16 and generally take between one to four years to complete depending on what qualifications you undertake during your contract. National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), key skills qualifications and technical certificates such as BTECs are the most common. These sorts of accreditation can provide a vocational route to higher education rather than academic courses such as A-Levels.

Apprenticeships usually pay a trainee salary of a minimum of £95 per week and most pay increases as you train and your skills improve.

The National Apprenticeships website has all the information you need to make an informed decision. It provides you with excellent basic information as well as with a search for vacancies.

Also take a look at our Jobs Board which advertises apprenticeships as well as graduate placements and internships.