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Life as an Apprentice

Life as an apprenticeships


An Apprenticeship combines the best of both worlds, as a student you’ll learn job specific skills and gain a recognised industry qualification while at the same time being employed and earning a salary. Typically an Apprenticeship takes between one and four years to complete, you will study at College one day a week.

The requirements to start an apprenticeship are:

  • You must be 16 years or older
  • GCSE maths and English at grade A*- D ; you can even start an apprenticeship if you have sat your GCSE exams in Summer 2018, but don’t receive your results until August!
  • A student must either have their own employer in mind or work with us to find a suitable place of employment.


A new style of apprenticeships has been designed to help apprentices develop the skills they need to be successful in their industry and make a real contribution to employers.

  • Your job – On and off-the-job training to develop skills and knowledge
  • Values and behaviours – that are relevant to the role and industry
  • English and Maths – all apprentices will be required to develop Maths and English skills and align them to their job
  • Endpoint assessment – employers and assessors will ‘sign-off’ the apprentice as being ready for assessment towards the end of the apprenticeship.

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So are you ready to get your career started? Take a look at these videos and see what life is really like for an apprentice.