UK Apprenticeships – In a nutshell

Published on 2nd December 2013

Apprenticeships – expert advice from Mary Payne from Business Solutions – Exeter College

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More and more employers and young people are turning to apprenticeships, I’d like to take a few moments to consider why, in the hope that by the end of this clip, you’ll be as passionate about apprenticeships as I am!
Apprenticeships are a great way for people to ‘earn while they learn’.
That may sound a bit cheesy but it means that apprentices have a real job with a contract, earn a wage for that job and gain a suite of qualifications along the way.

Apprenticeships are not an easy option — apprentices have to be able to juggle studying for multiple qualifications and working. Most apprentices study for a knowledge qualification by attending a college or training provider one day a week. They have to complete assignments and pass exams to prove they have the underpinning technical knowledge for the job they are doing — engineers may learn welding or computer aided design, caterers will learn technical food preparation skills.

But it’s not just about studying, apprentices have to prove their competence at their job to expert supervisors and assessors in the workplace.
And as if that wasn’t enough, they also have to pass exams in english, maths and I..T to make sure they have the transferable skills that all employers need.

So apprentices are motivated people who are developing skills, and achieving qualifications that are totally relevant to the job they are doing for their business. No wonder ninety six percent of employers who take on an apprentice report benefits to their business including increased business productivity.
Apprenticeships are available at intermediate, advanced and higher (degree) level, covering more than one hundred and seventy industries and one thousand five hundred job roles. Currently, over one hundred thousand employers are employing apprentices in more than two hundred thousands locations. Why not find out more on the national apprenticeship service website.

Mary Payne
Business Solutions – Exeter College
[email protected]
01392 400800


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