From the 8th February – 14th February, National Apprenticeship Week returns with a wealth of planned events and activities to help the apprentices of tomorrow make informed decisions about their futures.
The annual event is a one-stop-shop for everything apprenticeships. Whether you are looking for information, insights, or employer connections, National Apprenticeship Week (NAW2021) has you covered.
Celebrating apprentices and their employers across all different sectors, the event offers a diverse collective of information and resources to use at your disposal. With new discussion topics each day, there is plenty to learn.
Let’s start of with the basics… What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a real job where you get experience, learn skills, and get paid. You will be employed and receive pay and holiday leave – just like any other employee. By the end of your apprenticeship you will have the skills and knowledge to embark on your chosen career path.
Depending on which apprenticeship you choose, and your level of previous experience, they can last between 1-6 years. Apprenticeships are funded by contributions from the Government and your employer.
Deciding if an apprenticeship is right for you is an important decision, after all it’s your future. First let’s look at the criteria to be eligible for an apprenticeship.
- You must be 16 or over
- Not already in full-time education
- Live in England
Apprenticeships are suitable if you are just starting out with your career, want a career change, or if you need upskilling in your current job.
What does an apprenticeship entail?
As an apprentice you will:
- Learn and train for a specific job
- Get paid and receive holiday leave
- Get hands-on experience in a real job
- Complete assessments during and at the end of your apprenticeship (these include workbooks, essays, professional discussions and evidence-based work)
- Study for at least 20% of your working hours, usually at college, university, or with a training provider
- Be on a career path with lots of future potential
What are the different levels of an apprenticeship?
Each apprenticeship has a different level and an equivalent education level. The level you study depends on your previous experience and qualifications. Here is a breakdown of the levels and their education equivalents.
|Level||Equivalent education level|
|Higher||4, 5, 6, and 7||Foundation Degree and above|
|Degree||6 and 7||Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree|
At the end of your apprenticeship, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification in the area you have studied your apprenticeship in.
Apprenticeships are the perfect way to get on the job ladder and gain experience whilst also working towards a recognised qualification. Apprenticeship are available across lots of different sectors, from Health and Social Care, to Construction – so there is something for everyone.
At CareersInc, the highly qualified Careers Advisers are on hand to guide you through the process of choosing an apprenticeship. Helping you determine if an apprenticeship is the right path for you. Through 1:1 careers sessions, your Careers Advisers can work with you to create a career path plan that helps you reach your goals.
Whether you’re considering an apprenticeship or want to learn more, you can arrange a virtual careers session with a CareersInc Careers Adviser. They will be able to talk you through everything apprenticeships, and work with you discover the best pathway to get you where you want to be. To book your virtual careers advice session, click here.
If you want to join in on the action, head over to social media and search #NAW2021 for all the latest news, videos, posts, and more.