Apprenticeships are a great way of getting the work experience and the qualification to start the job you want. You can learn on the job too, as you will study whilst doing the apprenticeship, this could be a day release from your job to go to college. This will mean you gain a qualification which will help when applying for other jobs after your apprenticeship finishes.

Some apprenticeships will even offer jobs at the end of your contract as they have trained you, if you show to be a good hard worker. Sometimes it isn't possible to be offered a position when your apprenticeship finishes, but it is great experience, a way to meet contacts and hopefully this may lead to another role for the future.

There are different levels of apprenticeships:

  • Intermediate - equivalent to 5 GCSE passes
  • Advanced - equivalent to 2 A level passes
  • Higher - can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

and you can apply for an apprenticeship if you are:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education

If you fit the criteria above and are interested in an apprenticeship, have you done a traineeship? If not check out our traineeship page first as this prepares you for an apprenticeship.

Salford Futures are great to chat to about apprenticeships and traineeships, so check out their pages and get in touch.

Here are a few websites to help you find an apprenticeship:

Salford City College

wuu2 traineeships page

Wuu2 jobs page

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