Jobs And Apprenticeship Opportunities

Jobs and Apprenticeships in the UK

Apprenticeships remain a great way to learn and gain experience in the many careers available to young people.

They not only provide practical training but also the theory required to really understand the profession. Further, apprenticeships enable the student to earn an income while they studying for a recognised qualification.

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You will need to check with your regional apprenticeship organisation to find out which opportunities are currently available.

• National Apprenticeships Service (NAS) in England
• Apprenticeships NI in Northern Ireland
• Apprenticeships in Scotland
• Apprenticeships in Wales
• Find apprenticeship vacancies

Who will apprenticeships suit?

Apprenticeships are ideal for anyone who:

• knows what they want to do and wishes to pursue vocational training
• is looking to continue their education but feels that they would benefit from practical, as well as academic, training
• is ready to enter the workplace, where they would be spending most of their time
• is a hard worker and able to meet the demands of both academic study and a working environment
• is comfortable with being assessed on both coursework and other assignments. This could include reports essays, and practical exercises

Entry requirements

• You will need a minimum of five GCSEs with A-C grades
• National 4s or 5s
• Level 3 qualifications (includes A levels/Higher, NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National)
• Some employers have additional criteria so ensure that you discuss their requirements them before applying.

Higher apprenticeships (or technical apprenticeships in Scotland) enable young people to achieve a formal qualification in higher education. Most apprentices are awarded either a foundation degree, a HND, NVQ Level 4, or SVQ at SCQF Levels 8 and 9. The apprenticeships can take between one and five years and include part-time academic study, taking place at either a registered training provider, or college or university. Government statistics show that 90 per cent of apprentices in England continued in employment after gaining their qualification; 71 per cent remained with the same company.

What’s available?

You will need to be proactive in seeking out apprenticeship opportunities so be sure to closely monitor any apprenticeships available in your region. You will need to do this regularly so that you don’t miss out on suitable vacancies. The competition can be fierce for apprenticeships as there are only so many vacancies to be filled. That is particularly the case on higher apprenticeships. Not only are school and college leavers seeking apprenticeship opportunities but many already in employment see them as a great opportunity to enhance their career prospects.

Who will apprenticeships suit?

Apprenticeships are ideal for anyone who:

• knows what they want to do and wished to pursue vocational training
• is looking to continue their education but feels that they would benefit from practical, as well as theory, training
• is ready to enter the workplace, where they would be spending most of their time
• is a hard worker and able to meet the demands of both academic study and a working environment
• is comfortable with being assessed on both coursework and other assignments. This could include reports essays, and practical exercises

Entry requirements

• You will need a minimum of five GCSEs with A-C grades
• National 4s or 5s
• Level 3 qualifications (includes A levels/Higher, NVQ/SVQ Level 3, or a BTEC National)
• Some employers have additional criteria so ensure that you discuss their requirements them before applying.
• Some industries ask for candidates to have at least three GCSEs/National 4S or 5s or higher,