An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid.
You're an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you'll have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.
It can take between one and six years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It's funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.
To become an apprentice, you must:
- be 16 or over
- not already be in full time education
- spend at least 50% of your working hours in England
As an apprentice you'll:
- learn and gain hands-on experience in a real job
- get paid
- get training for a specific job role
- be on a career path with lots of future potential
You can find an apprenticeship whether you're starting your career, want a change or are returning to work.
If you think you need more skills and work experience before starting an apprenticeship, you can find a traineeship (Opens in a new window) instead.
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