For many years, if you wished to enter an industry, you often had to stay at school, as well as sometimes continue to university, to get the qualifications you needed before entering the industry. Times have changed and now there are many ways to enter an industry, with an apprenticeship in the job seeker's chosen field being one of them.
The industries the apprenticeships jobs are offered in range from engineering through to car mechanics, as well as other careers such as veterinary nursing.
Undertaking an apprenticeship is a job, but it is one where the apprentice earns qualifications as they gain experience on the job. It can be considered a good balance between being a student and gaining valuable experience within the industry. Apprenticeships on average take one to four years to complete.
Apprenticeships Jobs Education Requirements
Most apprenticeship vacancies require candidates who wish to enter at an advanced level to have level 2 or level 3 qualifications, these will include level 2 Maths and English. Alternatively, some employers will be satisfied with a pass in literacy and numeracy tests.
Apprenticeships Jobs Market
The apprenticeships market is very buoyant at present, with the government investing extra money into funding of apprenticeships. Some of the vacancies that have a high demand for apprenticeships are for merchant navy jobs and automotive jobs.
Apprenticeships Jobs Salary Information
As candidates are undertaking study, as well as gaining work experience, they are not paid the full wages that someone may expect in full-time employment. The minimum wage is £3.30 an hour, but most apprentices can expect to receive around £170 a week. Training is free for under 24s.