What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a genuine job and under all circumstances an apprentice will be employed from day one. Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job “real working environment” with study. An apprentice will:

  • work alongside experienced employed staff 
  • gain “on the job job”-specific practical skills 
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay 
  • be given “off the job” time for competency-based study related to their role (the equivalent of one day a week)

Functional Skills and Apprenticeships

Depending on your GCSE grades and prior learning, you may be required to complete Functional Skills Maths and/or English qualifications. These form a part of your apprenticeship journey running alongside your work based apprenticeship programme.

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