Apprenticeships give you the ability to earn while you learn. They are great for those who want to leave school and get straight out into the world of work and start earning a living. Not only that, they also appeal to those already working who want to try something new or improve their skills while still working.
Apprenticeships combine on the job training with classroom learning and provide you with the skills you need for your chosen career as well as a nationally recognised qualification. Not only that, you will also earn a salary and receive other benefits.
There is no set timeframe to complete an apprenticeship as they all vary depending on level, industry and the employer but they will always be at least 12 months long and can take up to 5 years.
As of October 2016, the national minimum wage for an apprentice aged 16-18 and those aged 19 & over who are in their first year of an apprenticeship is £3.40. All other apprentices are entitled to the national minimum wage for their age which is £5.55 for those aged 18-20. £6.95 for those ages 21-24 and £7.20 for those aged 25 and over. Some employers will pay you more as you develop your skills.