Benefits of an apprenticeship

What are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeships are available at multiple levels. Whether you are a school leaver, upskilling in your career or looking for a complete career change, apprenticeships are available to everyone aged over 16, not in full-time education. 

Apprenticeships are an exciting option with many benefits, these include: 

  • Hands on experience in a real job 
  • Get paid and receive holiday leave 
  • Learning and training for a specific job 
  • Study for at least 20% of your working hours and gain a nationally recognised qualification (with no tuition fees) 
  • Be on a career path with lots of future potential 

What you will earn 

What you earn will depend on the industry and type of apprenticeship you choose. 

If you are aged 16 to 18 or in the first year of your apprenticeship, you are entitled to the apprentice rate. If you are 19 or over and have completed the first year of your apprenticeship, you are entitled to the National Minimum Wage. Learn more about National Minimum Wage and Apprentice wage here.  

If you are 16 to 24 and a care leaver, you will receive a £1,000 bursary payment to support you in the first year of your apprenticeship. Find out more about the Apprenticeship Care Leaver Bursary here

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