What are apprenticeships?

  • Apprenticeships give you the opportunity to learn on the job and get paid an apprenticeship allowance
  • They normally last between 1 to 3 years and you must work at least 30 hours per week
  • You can get an apprenticeship in most work areas, however you may have to find your own employer
  • At the end of the apprenticeship you will have a recognised qualification in the area of work where you were employed, as well as Functional Skills qualifications
  • Apprenticeships are offered at Level 2, Level 3 and occasional Level 4. They require a good standard of Maths and English. Your Youth Support Worker can advise on the grades required in different work areas and which level would be best for you

What can I do after an apprenticeship?

There are three main options after your apprenticeship:

Advanced/Higher Apprenticeships – you could advance onto the nexlevel of apprenticeship (Level 3 or 4)

Education – if you have achieved qualifications at Level 3 (Advanced Level) you may be able to move on to a higher education course, for example a foundation degree or an honours degree. Some employers may continue to fund your studies right up to this level.

Jobs – The majority of apprentices continue working for the company they trained with. They may be able to work towards promotion within the company to a higher level. You can also use the qualification you have gained, to apply for other jobs.

Want to know more?

National Apprenticeship Website - More information about apprenticeships and current available apprenticeships in Rotherham.

UCAS Progress - find details of different courses, training programmes and providers, as well as which ones are closest to where you live.

National Careers Service - careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding.

Start Profile - find out information on the different career paths available in different areas of work. Not Going to Uni - information on jobs, gap years and alternate study options for those not planning on going to University.

Apprentice-Forward - Links to higher education courses if you are moving on from an apprenticeship.